Perfect Size & Height Kitchen ISLAND DIY

10 Materials
4 Days

Guys I have wanted to make a kitchen island of my very own for a long time. So when we were buying this house, it had the perfect space for the island I'd dreamt about forever. I bought a $25 dresser that I wanted to use because of the perfect amount of storage for baking sheets & all other baking utensils. It had ample drawer space! Then I turned it into a beautiful work space for my kitchen!

The final look of my beautiful custom kitchen island.

$25 old dresser

Removed all the drawers and hardware to get ready to clean and paint.

Ball feet that I purchased to add on the bottom for height & character.

Removed the bottom trim on the dresser for better base support so that I could install the ball feet.

Painted with chalk paint and ready to apply wax.

Had the hubby cut and round off corners on the countertop I wanted.

Found some antique corbels to use on the island overhang.

Perfect height and size.

After the paint and wax seal. (I left off the little door on this cubby so I could put some of my favorite cookbooks.)

Left an overhang on one side (to house garbage can underneath) and another overhang on the back for stools for a breakfast bar!

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3 of 12 questions
  • Nancy Wright
    on Jan 12, 2019

    Where did you use the plywood, in the area for your cook books?

    • GullyCreekCottage
      on Jan 13, 2019

      Nancy the plywood was used as a support not the top of the island and then I added the 3 (1x12's) on top of that. So I have a sturdier countertop with the double layer of wood on it. Make sense?

  • Lynne
    on Oct 8, 2019

    where did you find the bun feet

  • Linda
    on Oct 16, 2019

    How did you enforce balance with additional length of top to be abl to sit at island & not tip

    • GullyCreekCottage
      on Oct 16, 2019

      The adding of the 3/4" plywood surface and corbels added additional support. This dresser is old and sturdy, so it made a great foundation. This island is not tipping over.

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  • Daisy@TX
    on Oct 11, 2019

    I too have wanted to do this but was not sure how to begin. Thank you thank you for sharing! Beautiful!

    • GullyCreekCottage
      on Oct 12, 2019

      Hi Daisy! You will love it as much as I do mine. Head over to my blog for more details if you need them. Good luck and share pics of yours when you're done. I would love to see it!

  • Laura Geiger
    on Oct 28, 2019

    Mine inspired by yours! Thanks for sharing

    • GullyCreekCottage
      on Oct 28, 2019

      LAURA--- way to go and I absolutely LOVE IT!!! Bet you will too. Thank you for sharing and enjoy it for many years to come!❤︎

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