Rustic Kitchen Island

Every now and then I post a photo of our little kitchen on Instagram. And when I do, I always get a ton of questions about our rustic kitchen island. This piece is actually very special to me and has a bit of a backstory, so today I wanted to share more about it and also give you the measurements in case you want to make one for yourself.

Rustic Kitchen Island

Back in 2009 my husband and I had just bought our first home. It was a foreclosure and most definitely a fixer upper. But despite all the work ahead of us, we were elated to officially be home owners. It was our first opportunity to really make something our own. And although we didn’t have much money, I thrifted and DIY-ed my heart out to make it feel like ours. One of our big “splurges” at the time was this rustic kitchen island. A local antique/home goods shop carried the most unique furniture made from salvaged barn wood. We desperately needed an island for our kitchen, so I contacted the dealer and asked if he would consider making us a custom island with his barn wood. I knew exactly what I wanted it to look like and thankfully he agreed to build it for us. It wasn’t anything fancy, but it worked for our small kitchen and I loved the fact that it was made just for us. Looking back, I realize this was the first time I really had a vision for our home, in this case our kitchen, and brought it to life. This piece was the beginning of it all!

Farmhouse Style Kitchen Island


It took the builder a few weeks to complete, but to an impatient gal like myself, it felt like forever. I can still remember the day the island was delivered to our house. I was like a kid on Christmas morning. It was absolutely perfect.

Rustic Kitchen Island

This was most definitely a splurge for us. It cost $100, which at the time felt like soooo much money. But looking back now I realize what a bargain we got for such a well-built piece. It was worth every penny. And even though it is simple, I adore this little island. It measures 3 feet tall, 40″ long, and 22″ wide.

Farmhouse Kitchen Island

I love the rustic, weathered look. And boy is this thing heavy. But my favorite part is the top. Since it is made with old barn wood, you can easily see that it’s covered in marks, scratches, dents, and lots of nail holes. You know I love that imperfection, I think it adds so much character and charm.

Rustic Kitchen Island

When we moved from that first foreclosure into our second home (which was actually another foreclosure) we no longer needed this because we had a built-in island at the new house. But I couldn’t stand the thought of selling it, so I used it as an extra table in another room and called it good. It wasn’t until we moved into our current home that I was able to use it again in the kitchen. It fits perfectly here. And I think it’s so cool that this little island from our very first house is now such a central piece in our dream home.

Rustic farmhouse style kitchen island made from reclaimed barn wood.


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  1. Kelly wrote:

    I love it! The imperfections are what make it so perfect!! Love your style and the way you pull it all together!! So cool that it found a home in your dream kitchen. 🙂

    Posted 2.19.16 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thank you so much, I really appreciate that!

      Posted 2.19.16 Reply
  2. Colleen wrote:

    I love the story attached to this perfect piece. The memories that have been and will be built around that small, heart of your home. Oh, if the table could talk. Someday, your children may fight over this precious family heirloom .
    Thanks for sharing the backstory.

    Posted 2.19.16 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      I hadn’t even thought of that Colleen! But you’re right, someday this will be passed down to them. Thank you for visiting my blog!

      Posted 2.19.16 Reply
  3. Jaimee wrote:

    I know I’m not the only one who thinks “Yummy!” when I see that beautiful barn wood up close! 🙂 How special to have such a story behind it….you were way ahead of me on vision in your first home. I still thought Sauder looked classy in our first! Love your bright and cheery blog.

    Posted 2.19.16 Reply
  4. Jessica wrote:

    I love this story!!!! That barn wood is beautiful!!!!

    Posted 2.20.16 Reply
  5. kellie wrote:

    I love it, Sarah! & so special that you could take it with you to your new home!

    Posted 2.20.16 Reply
  6. Lisa wrote:

    What a great piece and story to go along with it.

    Posted 2.22.16 Reply
  7. Wonderful Stuff, do oneself include a myspace account?

    Posted 3.31.16 Reply
  8. Keep on working, great job!

    Posted 5.25.16 Reply
  9. Hey this is kind of of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML.
    I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding know-how so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience.
    Any help would be enormously appreciated!

    Posted 6.13.16 Reply
  10. Amy wrote:

    I love this table! What kind of protection do you use for the beautiful top?

    Posted 10.3.16 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thank you! I’m pretty sure this has a clear polycrylic coating on top.

      Posted 10.3.16 Reply

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