My mom found an old pulpit - somewhere, probably a thrift store - paying $29. She tried to find a church that could use it, worked hard to find a home for it. Nobody wanted it. So she had dad cut off the top part, the slanted part that would hold papers, leaving a roughly counter level base, on wheels. Dad had a piece of formica in the shop, just big enough to cover the top and sides. Ray Becker did the laminating work, which turned out very nice.
Now, for $29, I have an island in the kitchen. Instead of eating at my desk, right next to the computer, I have a place to eat now. An extra benefit: I have more kitchen storage now. Of course I don't have anything I need to store, but still.