Monday, January 13, 2014

An Antique Work Bench Turned Kitchen Island

     I don't want to flatter myself, but...I think this transformation is pretty dramatic. I picked this antique workbench up straight from the 19th century mill where it had been built and used since probably the 1940s. The section of the mill where I got it had been used to make motor cycle parts. I got the work bench from the gentleman who had purchased the property and intended to turn it into shop space and condos. He thought I was off my rocker at how excited I was to get both this big bench, and a smaller one on casters from him. I included a before and after of the smaller one down at the bottom of the post as well.
      So, first I removed the giant casters that made this piece about four and a half feet tall. It now stands 39" tall, which is the perfect bar height. I had to clean the thing thoroughly, as it was gross, and spidery *shudder*. I removed the little dividers on the bottom shelf and replaced one of the cross braces which had cracked. I added the top and trim, as well as the supports below. I also added the pine boards to the bottom shelf to give the piece a little more visual heft. The base is painted in Annie Sloan Cream, the top is a mixture of dark walnut and English chestnut stain, with high gloss poly on top. I wanted to honor the rustic feel and history of the piece, but still make it feel fresh and handsome. What do you think?
*Before*

*after!*





Here it is with the matching dining table that is going to the same gal.


and here's the before and after on the other work bench I got from the guy. He was going to chuck both these pieces into the dumpster if I hadn't taken them. I'm glad I snagged them before he got the chance :)


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6 comments:

  1. Anonymous1/13/2014

    As I have said before and I will say it again, you are a genius !!!!!!!
    To be able to see the potential in the stuff you thrift is truly a gift.
    Thank you for your inspiration,
    Vanessa

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  2. Maureen1/14/2014

    Both pieces are beautiful. I especially love the tops. Great job!

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  3. fantastic restoration work. love all of them. Any chance the lady who got the work bench and table would show it in her house?

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  4. Wow, I can't even believe that's the same piece, it's beautiful! You did a fantastic job and I would love it if you linked up to The Makers! http://upcycledtreasures.com/2014/01/the-makers-link-party-1/
    Have a great week!
    ~Katie

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  5. Well, you just go right on headed and flatter yourself, because I too think this transformation is pretty fantastic! I can't believe how wonderful it turned out!!! Good work!! Congratulations... :)
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

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