Kitchen Cabinet Repurposed as a Console Table

How can you repurpose kitchen cabinets? Do you ever see kitchen cabinets in thrift stores and donation centers? Well, they’re not just for kitchens anymore! They can very easily be made into something new!

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Since I’m making over my hallway staircase landing for the $100 Room Challenge, hosted by Erin of Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry this month, I’m looking for the thriftiest ideas I can find. I only have $100 to spend on this project and it will get spent very quickly! 

I needed a budget friendly console table for that space. I've had an idea on how to repurpose one of our old kitchen cabinets churning in my brain for a while now. Upper cabinets are only 12” deep, so they are the perfect depth for a console table. This cabinet plus some legs and paint could equal a really cool console table! Now that I had the place for it, I was ready to make it!

My Tip: I had cabinets on hand to use, but most people probably don't. Keep an eye out for cabinets at thrift stores and building supply donation centers, like the ReStore. Don't forget about Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace too. I've even seen random single cabinets for free listed there!

I decided to flip the cabinet upside down to become my console table. I did this for two reasons: The knobs would then be at the top. Also that piece of leftover crown molding looked better on the bottom to me. 

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So that's the backstory. Here’s how I did this simple kitchen cabinet repurpose to a console table:

1. Install Furniture Legs

Adding the legs was super easy. Making it easy is also where all of my money for this project was spent. My goal was for it to look like a piece of furniture. I picked these 6" tall legs and they each needed a plate to attach them to the cabinet. I got these from Lowes for about $28 total, but there are some cheaper options out there.

I wanted to install what would be the front legs up as close to the front of the cabinet as possible for stability. I marked the center of the end of the piece of wood there.

I pre-drilled those two holes and the ones for the back feet so the wood didn't split when I screwed in the screws. 

After all four leg plates were screwed into place, I screwed the legs into the leg plate hardware 

My Tip: Be very careful when standing the cabinet upright. As with any furniture, it can be easy to snap the legs off if you try to use them as pivot points. It may be a two person job to lift it up and turn it instead of trying to use the legs to pivot the cabinet up.

2. Patching and Sanding

This step totally depends on the cabinet being used. My cabinet is rustic, so it had some things I wanted to patch. It had unfinished sides with some nail holes I didn't want to show. It also had some small gaps on what would be the top of the finished piece that I wanted to patch.

Since my cabinet was a little more rough construction than many, when I sanded the wood fill I also sanded down some high spots to even them out. I also sanded the top of the back panel down a little since it wasn't completely even with the top of the cabinet. There were also some deep scratches and gouges that I sanded out.

Again, if I was using a more finished cabinet or one out of smoother wood, I could have skipped filling and sanding and gone right ahead to painting.

3. Painting

In my plans for this project I said I wanted major impact with bold color! I've been loving all of the deep yellows, mustards, and golds that I'm seeing lately. I've got these pillows in the living room and thought it would be fun to carry it upstairs.

My idea here was to layer colors on as a base so that when I distressed the top color, they would show through. With all of the layer colors on, it looked like a kindergarten project to me! I was really doubting this plan.

After the top coat of yellow dried, I distressed it with sandpaper. I still was unsure about the finished product. I mean, I like it in general, but I'm not sure I like it for this space. A friend suggested putting it in the space it was intended for before I decided, since light affects how color looks. It was a good idea and I did like it a lot better. Here it is in the hallway.

I reused the same hardware knobs to save money in my budget for this project. I painted over the hinge hardware because I wanted it to blend in and disappear.

So there's my console table made from a kitchen cabinet! Let me know what you think in the comments! 

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Maria said...

I love the color you choose so stylish. Its looking great.

Jackie @jackiecantblog said...

What a great project! Nice job- I like the yellow and all the colors underneath

Janet G. said...

I love this project because I love seeing kitchen "uppers" repurposed! We did one similar a couple years ago where we butted two doubles together, ran a rustic-board top over them, and turned it into a TV credenza/dish storage. Love your colors, really nice project!

Sarah Burtner said...

Hello! This is ADORABLE. I have a small request: I run a small nonprofit classroom where we teach repair, refinishing, and repurposing. We are getting ready to have teach a class on upcycled cabinets. May I use your photo as an example? I would of course credit you.

You can read about our classroom here:

Thank you so much for considering it!

Sarah Burtner
Community Engagement Coordinator
Habitat for Humanity Anchorage

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