You can usually find a thrift store dresser for cheap. All you need is a coat of paint, a solid top of almost any kind (Like a Corian fragment or chunk of flat smooth marble,) some new hardware and casters to make it the perfect kitchen island--that's customized for your style.
I seriously wanna stripe the hall but there is no way John is gonna stripe another room for me :/ apparently it's a tad difficult...
Back wall of garage before enter the house? Simple built-ins to create a mudroom or storage anywhere from a kids room to a laundry room by adding shelves or a deeper bench for sitting. Or instead of custom, buy two thrify store bookcases and paint them, bolt them to your wall and add wainscotting between them. Then pick up a thift store bench and cut it to fit. Add the hooks and you're set.