What I used:
– found table frame
– 3 IKEA Aptitlig bamboo cutting boards
– A left over piece of an old Hyllis hack (see images of the trolley underneath my brand Aptitlig new kitchen island
– masonite board cut 18 x 33 inches
– rotary tool
I have a small kitchen and needed a small kitchen island with a really nice top. When I found a used table from the pavement covering a table area of 18″ wide x 27.5″ long — just big enough to fit my kitchen — I set to work. I threw out the table’s old particle board top. I found some spray cans around the studio and painted the table to a nice turquoise colour.
Then I cut a piece of masonite board lying around to 18″ x 33″.
I screwed the board to the table frame from underneath the frame (made sure to cut off any nails and smooth off the top using a rotary tool)
I had a piece of left over Hyllis that came from splitting a Hyllis into two. This I cut into two equal pieces about 15″ long. I glued each piece to the table’s narrow edge. The pieces are to hold the cutting board in place since I have no intention to drill or nail into the Aptitlig boards themselves. If you don’t have these pieces of steel, you can find other creative options from your local hardware; or simply place the cutting boards on the sturdy, nailed in place masonite boards.
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