IKEA Tornviken Kitchen Island (28 3/8 inches long x 20 ½ inches wide)
White or marble laminate sheet
½- inch wood dowels
Handle for drawer
It’seasyto understand the appeal ofready-to-assemble(RTA)furniture. Cost-conscious shoppers lovethe prices,andthe simple designslook good anywhere.It’s no wonderdo-it-yourselfershave takentoupcyclingRTApieces to make them even more versatile andfull ofcharacter.To show you how easyupcyclingis, we took anIKEAkitchen island andtopped it withlaminate. Then wepaintedthe restwithchalkpaint andaddednew hardwareto softenits appearance. Follow thesestep-by-step directionsfor the islandortry them onanother piece,like anIKEAbedside table.
Step 1: Disassemble and Drill New Holes
Disassemble the island and remove the knob from the drawer face. Mark the screw positions for the new handle and drill new holes.
Step 2: Patch and Sand Existing Hole
Fill the old screw hole of the drawer face with DAP Plastic Wood-X All-Purpose Wood Filler. It has a dry time indicator that goes on pink and dries natural so you know when it’s ready to be sanded and stained or painted.Press the filler into the hole, overfilling it slightly. (For holes deeper than ¼ inch, apply several thin layers of filler, letting them dry between applications.)Lightly sandthe drawer face and all other components with 120-grit sandpaper. Wipe offany dust with a tackcloth.
Step 3: Spray-Paint Components
Spray-paint all the components, including the underside of the island top and its two side edges (the front and back edges will be painted after laminating it). We used Rust-Oleum Chalked Ultra Matte Spray Paint in Serenity Bluebut choose whatever color works for you.
Set up the area where you’ll be painting: Provide proper ventilation and use plastic sheeting to protect surrounding surfaces from overspray. Clean all surfaces by washing with soap and water and let dry. Shake the can for one minute after the mixing ball begins to rattle before using and occasionally during use. Holding the can 10–12 inches above the surface, spray a light coat in a back-and-forth motion, slightly overlapping each stroke while keeping the can moving. Let it dry briefly, then spray on a second light coat. Make sure to follow the directions on the can for recoat and dry times.
BONUS TIP: Spray-paint the new handle to give the piece even more character. Rust-Oleum Universal® Spray Paint in Sunlit Brass nicely complements the Serenity Blue chalked paint.
Step 4: Cut Laminate
Measure and cut the laminate for the island top with a carbide cutting tool and a straightedge. Cut the laminate1inch larger overall than your measurements.
Step 5: Apply Contact Cement
DAP WeldwoodContact Cement Spray Adhesive is ideal for securinglaminate to wood or, in this case, wood veneer. To use it, protect the surrounding area with plastic sheets, make sure the area has proper ventilation and wear eye protection. Shake the can for one to two minutes prior to use and occasionally during use.Spray the back side of the laminate as well as the top of the island, using a back-and-forth motion. Let it sit 5–10 minutes. Then, wearing a glove, lightly touch the contact cement. It’s ready if it’s tacky but doesn’t leave a residue on your glove.
Step 6: Trim Excess Laminate
After pressing the laminate in place and letting it set up, use a router with a laminate flush trimming bit to remove the excess laminate. Then attach the front and back edge pieces and trim.
Step 7: Prepare and Place the Top Piece
Spray the underside of the laminate for the top and the island’s top surface with the contact cement. When the contact cement is ready, place ½-inch wood dowels on the island surface 3 to 6 inches apart. These will keep the laminate from touching the surface while you’re positioning it. Set the laminate on the dowels, keeping in mind there should be a slight overlap on each edge. Remove the dowels one at a time, starting in the middle, letting the laminate touch the surface and gently pressing it down.
Step 8: Press Top in Place
After the laminate has been positioned, use a scrap 2x4 wrapped in a rag to press it down. Work from the center out to the edges. To avoid breaking the excess laminate, don’t press too hard at the edges. When the contact cement has set, trim the edges with a router and laminate flush trimming bit.
Plastic Wood-X™ All Purpose Wood Filler with DryDex® Dry Time Indicator
Plastic Wood-X™ All Purpose Wood Filler with DryDex Dry Time Indicator goes on pink and dries to a natural, wood finish, so you know when it's ready to sand! This patented technology eliminates the guesswork and reduces the chance of errors.