DIY Island From Re-purposed Cabinets

Call it the tail wagging the dog, necessity being the mother of invention, or some such, but because we’re renovating our rec room, our kitchen is getting an island.

our kitchen

Kitchen: pre- backsplash, ceiling fan, and switchplates.

We’ve needed an island. This space in the middle is great for parties, but for everyday it seems like a huge expanse I have to cross too any times. But an island was low on the project list. Until now.

These are the cabinets from our old kitchen, (which was never really our kitchen because it was renovated before we moved in).

cabinets in the old kitchen

Cabinets in the old kitchen.  Boombox on the counter, ready for the demolition phase.

The cabinets were in great shape with solid wood doors, dovetailed drawers, and pull outs, but they didn’t fit the expanded footprint of our new kitchen. We’ve tried to repurpose the cabinets in other parts of the house. Recently I put together this temporary art space using some of the cabinets.

repurposed cabinets

Under construction.  Another boom box — actually two.  Yes, we use like music while we work.

Then wouldn’t you know it, after three years in limbo, that part of the house, affectionately known as our wreck room, is finally being renovated. There’s no room in the new plan for the cabinets.

Voila, island!

repurposed base cabinets for island

repurposed base cabinets for island

island butcher block top

Salvaged butcher block table top with construction dust and homeschooling dings and dents.

We’re considering a marble top for my mom to roll her pastries, or maybe a light colored granite. But for now, we’ve resurrected this butcher block table top, battle worn from our homeschooling days. It’s a little big, but will work for the time being.

Stay tuned … .

What is your favorite re-purposing idea?

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Have you ever known God to walk a straight line? Straight line — the shortest distance between two points. What about the time Jesus sent the disciples ahead of him and they got caught up in a storm? Jesus came to them walking across the water. As soon as he stepped into the boat, they arrived at their destination. Bam. That’s a straight line.

Sort of. If you don’t count the rowing against the wind before Jesus got there. If you don’t count that he could’ve just gone with them to begin with. It’s only a straight line if you squint really hard, and even then, no.

I prefer straight lines, the shortest distance, please. If my husband is going to be the father of many nations, don’t wait twenty five years to give us a baby and please don’t tell us to kill him.  If I’m going to possess land here, don’t send my people somewhere else for four hundred years. If my son is going to be epic, don’t make me wonder if he’ll even see his first birthday. If he’s going to be a leader of God’s people, don’t send him off to be raised by a pagan or a father failure. Just take the shortest, most obvious route.

But God is the God of the curve, the corkscrew, the switchback. It’s in the wide arcs and hairpin turns that we have to hold on. It’s in the backtracking that we have to trust he knows the way. And maybe that’s the whole point.

Maybe it isn’t about where we go, who we become, or what we accomplish. The goals and promises – what we consider the main events – are just a backdrop for the one thing that matters – knowing our Creator.

It’s in our waiting that we know his faithfulness, in our battles, his strength, in our enslavement, his deliverance, in our confusion, his wisdom, in our death, his resurrection.

My straight line gets me from point A to B, but God is in the detours.

Do you ever wish God would just get you from point A to B? How do you respond to detours?

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