Monday, January 13, 2014

From Science Geek To Industrial Chic...

I absolutely adore when people incorporate furniture into their kitchens and in particular into their kitchen islands.  A-D-O-R-E it.  It ranks right up there with using furniture for a bathroom vanity.  L-O-V-E it.  Today I am showing you a kitchen island that was made from an old discarded school science lab table.  There is what it looked like when Pam from Wild Heart Studio got a hold of it.  
Pam said it was in really rough shape.  There were no drawers, a lot of names carved into it and a ton of gum stuck underneath, too.  

She rebuilt the drawers and added color to the base of it. 

The top was heavily damaged.  It is made of Richlite (layers of recycled paper and resin).  Pam knew that no sanding could fix it.  So, she took pre-mixed concrete and troweled it onto the top.   That was followed by a coat of Aqua Stone and several coats of satin Aquathane.  Though it is a concrete veneer, you wouldn't know it from the weight of it.  It was heavy to begin with, having been made originally from several layers of wood laminated together.

Pam paid close attention to the details when finishing up this island.  You might remember just how detail oriented Pam is when you check out the last time I featured her.  That time I showed you a bench she made from a bed, only it looked like it was made from the tailgate of an old Chevy pickup.  (I still dream of that furniture flip.  One of my all-time faves EVER.)  

Pam added four locking casters so this island can be moved easily.  Check out the final finished to-die-for kitchen island...

I love everything about that.  The color, the industrial look of it, plus the touches she did to make it totally unique and one of a kind.  To see more of this transformation, head on over to the Wild Heart Studio blog.  There, you will find more pictures and details.  Get ready to be inspired because there is a ton to see there, including more phenomenal kitchen islands.

Thanks Pam for sharing your talent and for having such a big heart.  All of the proceeds from the items that Wild Heart Studio creates and sells benefits Wild Heart Ranch which is an animal rescue that Pam operates on her ranch in Tennessee.  What a wonderful use of her talent.  

Pam sells her Wild Heart Studio items online, and at Architectural Salvage in Chattanooga, TN and The Caboose in Cowan, TN.  You can also find Pam and see more of her work on her Wild Heart Studio Facebook page.  Let her know you saw her on Furniture Flippin'.  

That's the first flip of a brand new week here on Furniture Flippin'.  Have you submitted yours yet?  What are you waiting for?  Email me at .  Until then, leave a comment here or come hang with all of us at the Furniture Flippin' Facebook page.  We have a lot of fun there. 
~ Stephanie


  1. That was a Lab Table originally . The top was made of Soapstone which is very durable * yes , very sandable . And also more expensive than granite . I would love it with the original Soapstone !

    1. Actually this one was not made of Soapstone. The top of this one was Richlite. If it was Soapstone Pam would have kept it as is. ;-)


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