Tuesday, April 10, 2012

DIY Craft Table or Kitchen Island

I've been holding on to this bad boy for a while. I'm really not sure why? 
It all started a few months ago when one of my bookshelves literally snapped in half. It was *extremely* frustrating, and dangerous. I was alone when it happened and the bookshelf was entirely full... I'm so glad I was able to right it instead of getting buried underneath it!
That being said, I didn't want to throw the old bookshelf away, it seemed like a waste of wood. I also had the need for a craft table. I couldn't continually use our kitchen table and living room floor for all of my creations, and to be honest, it hurt my back to do so! This was the perfect solution.
The only other piece you'll need (aside from screws and a drill) is a table top. You can use any old one you have, OR you can get THIS ONE from Ikea for next to nothing. I used the black/brown one for this project because it matched perfectly ($10.99) but you can also get a white one for $5.99. I got that one as well and you'll see it featured next week. In theory, if you're so inclined, you could take the extra bookshelf pieces and lay the boards across the top to create a table top for free. You'd have to lay them perpendicular to the base and then screw them in from underneath. However, for the price it was easier to use the ready made table top. Plus I have another use for the extra pieces.

If you have an old half bookshelf, I highly recommend using it for this, if not you can get one for around $20 at a place like Target/Walmart/Meijer. For the kitchen island, see the end :)
(1) Disassemble it. I had to disassemble my bookshelf because it was a full sized case. I just unscrewed everything until I had a shelf the right size. I used the extra pieces of wood to create a bench, by the way. You'll see a post about that some day.

(2) Size it. Put your table top on and move it around until it is centered. Mark off where you'll be drilling through, start a hole with your drill bit on both the table AND the table top.
(3) Attach it. Use screws and your drill to connect the two pieces. Make sure your screws are long enough to go into both pieces without going through the top of the table top.

I have to say, this was one easy, cheap and satisfying project. I love the way it looks in the room and the shelves are so handy. I have craft storage in the closet as well, but it's nice to store things in this shelving that I use more often. Plus, it's ideal for holding my patterns, DIY CRAFT/SEWING BOX and sewing machine. 
If you wanted to make a brilliant kitchen island using the same idea, that would be easy! Simply get TWO bookshelves (or use both pieces from the full case) and place them back to back. Secure the table top to both bookshelves and attach the shelves to each other as well, using a drill. This will give you lots of great storage on both sides as well as a great counter top space to work with. I only wish our kitchen was large enough to accommodate it!
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That's all for today, so enjoy your afternoon and check back tomorrow for a beach cover up refashion (#2 of three, so far!). All the best, and as always, thanks for reading! 
TERMS OF USE (Modified from ISLY)

This project is free for personal use is not to be distributed/republished without my consent. If this inspires a project for your own blog, that is awesome! But please remember to link back to my original post. Please do not copy this text, use more than 2 images or steal this idea for any publications. Thanks for promoting the freedom to INSPIRE!


  1. Brilliant! It looks great! Thanks for the instructions and the idea.


    1. Thanks, Maddy! Here's to organized chaos :)

  2. this is so great! I love it, great idea!

  3. Brilliant and just darling! What a great idea!

  4. Just found this via Pinterst. OMG I have been needing a kitchen island (for cheap)...this is PERFECT! thanks so much for sharing. Off to check out the rest of your blog! Thanks!

    1. Erin that is FANTASTIC! I hope you'll stick around and would LOVE to see a pic when you're finished :)

  5. I love this idea! I already have a 2-shelf bookcase that would be perfect for this. Do you have any other ideas on where I could get a cheap tabletop? Ikea won't ship and I don't live near one.

    1. Hmm... well, then try going to Home Depot/Lowes and getting a large enough piece of wood (they will cut it for you!). Then cover it with fabric and a staple gun (I have a tutorial for that in my apartment category!) or stain it :)

  6. I love this craft table idea, but I'm not sure where to get a "table top?"


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