Tuesday, February 4, 2014

DIY Craft Island | An Update

One of the coolest things about my craft studio is my DIY Craft Island


It is definitely one of the most popular posts on my blog.  Mostly because it’s pretty cool and I was able to cobble the table together for about $168.  (Whereas the Pottery Barn Bedford Table is $1,200.) 

Since we put it together in mid-2011, the cut white melamine sheet table top has had rough & unfinished edges.  We finally remedied that last weekend!  I found some 3/4” white melamine iron-on edging.  It was EXACTLY what I needed to give my craft island a finished look!  For $8!

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Todd and I tag-teamed to iron the strip onto the edge of the table-top.  I held the strip in place while Todd ironed it onto each side.  We used a piece of tin foil so that the glue from the melamine strip didn’t get on the iron.

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We cut the strip slightly longer than each side of the table and then trimmed it off after it was ironed-on and set for an hour.

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The finished edges were looking good!

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My big helper.


Here’s the before & after.  The edging just gives it a much neater finished look.  Plus it’s now smooth rather than rough, which is much nicer when I’m working at the table.


We also moved the whole island about a foot towards the IKEA Expedit bookshelf.  I feel like it makes the room look bigger somehow.

More before and after looks. 

Before:  the cut melamine tabletop had rough and unfinished edging.


After:  the iron-on melamine edging gives the tabletop a finished look.




I love how it looks and I’m all giddy about how much I still love my DIY Craft Island!  :)


  1. Wow, I love the edging. The "after" pic is awesome. Such good teamwork, too.

  2. Great post. thanks for sharing this smart DIY project!!

    1. Thank you, Patty. It really is a very simple and cost-effective solution! (Both the DIY table itself, and the iron-on melamine edging!) :D

  3. Question...did you attach the top to the cube organizer or is it just sitting on top?

    1. Hi Jackie - it just sits on top. It is actually very heavy so it doesn't move around much. I didn't attach it because I like being able to dismantle it when we need the room for an air mattress when guests come visit. I just take the top off, slide the bookcases to the side, and viola!

  4. I love this crafting island. Someday (hopefully sooner rather than later), we intend to finish our basement, and Husband has promised me a craft space down there! I will definitely be keeping an island like this in mind! :)


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