5 DIY Recycled Kitchen Countertop Ideas

There are so many clever, earth-friendly upcycling projects to do (and so little time!). Among the more dramatic of these projects is replacing a kitchen counter. The upcycled kitchen counters that I am about to discuss fit best into farmhouse-style or rustic-looking houses. Most of them involve some carpentry work or tile work, so if you are inexperienced, either hone your skills before attempting this project, or hire a highly skilled handyman to execute the project for you.

The upside of these projects is that they are a fantastic way to make use of large, leftover pieces of lumber. The down side (well, it is not exactly a down side; maybe it is a limitation) is that the look is rustic. If chippy, or shabby chic, is your style, then one of these countertops could complete the look of your vintage-inspired, ecological farmhouse haven.

Now let’s rumble.

Upcycled fence board countertop: Blogger Shannon from Fox Hollow Cottage built a countertop from old cedar planks. She painted it chippy turquoise. Her counter is built like a floating shelf, but a similar design and a more resilient, water-tight finish could be employed for a kitchen island countertop.

Pine plank countertop: For a more polished look than the upcycled fence board countertop, consider a pine plank countertop like the one built by Lisa Pennington from The Pennington Point. Lisa built her countertops for $61! Just seal it well.

Countertop made from an old door: What can old doors not be used for? Interior designer and design blogger Linda Merrill built her own custom countertop by upcycling an old door. The look is quite polished, though slightly rustic. A handmade skirt ups the sophistication factor. Linda achieved a high shine on her countertop by painting it with glossy exterior trim paint. She prepped and primed the door carefully to ensure the smoothest paint application.

Countertop tiled with pennies: Though she is not a professional tile contractor, San Antonio blogger Ashley from Domestic Imperfection tiled her countertop with pennies. Question: Is this a good use of money? All those pennies add up to less than it would have cost her to install a granite slab countertop. Ashley reports that her epoxy-covered penny countertop is very watertight (she even dries her dishes on it).

Butler pantry counter made from upcycled old dresser: If you need a counter area right away for a small space, consider upcycling an old dresser. Gypsy Barn, a furniture upcycler in Ontario, has built quite a few coffee stations from old dressers. The old dresser becomes a mini-kitchen island or cabinet with counter.

Photo and DIY counter by The Pennington Point.

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Alberta Gentleman

Love it

Valentina R.
Valentina R.2 years ago

Absolutely wonderful, thanks for sharing.
I adore the furniture in the first photo. The links are very lovely, too.

Kate S.
Kate S.2 years ago


Pat W.
Pat W.2 years ago

good ideas

greenplanet e.
greenplanet e.2 years ago


Jane Warren
Jane Warren2 years ago

thnx for this

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra2 years ago

Thank you Chaya, for Sharing this!

Kay M.
Kay M.2 years ago

interesting. re-using is always better.

Lorrie Crawford
Lorrie Crawford2 years ago

Great ideas! Our kitchen was made from recycled cabinets that we painted and added metal inserts to the doors, which I punched with a design...so cute and unique. Our counter top was given to us by someone who bought one and didn't use it. We just cut it to the size we needed. Love reusing items!!! Thanks for sharing!

Laura M.
Past Member 2 years ago

Oooh, these are really nice ideas! Thanks!