Repurposed Dresser Into Patio Entertaining Island

Kim Harmeyer
by Kim Harmeyer
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I needed a place to serve food and drinks on our patio when entertaining. I purchased an old dresser and went to work
This is the before pic of the dresser I purchased for $35.00
We removed all the drawers
My husband cut the wood out were the drawers use to be
Time to sand the entire dresser for painting
Cutting wood for new shelves
putting in the new shelves he used a nail gun to attach the shelves
we removed the top of the dresser
We used a milk chocolate colored outdoor stain on the drawers ,sides and feet of the dresser and an outdoor sand colored paint on the rest . Added new hardware to the drawers. I was going to put caster wheels on but changed my mind because I love the chunky bun feet
Our friend cutting and routering a edge on a piece of corian he had
Added new drawer pulls a towel ring and paper towel holder to the other end
After pic of the finished island. I use the 2 drawers to store paper plates ,napkins etc.
First time using the island ! Worked out great
Suggested materials:
  • Old dresser
  • Outdoor stain and paint
  • Piece of corian counter
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  • Sheila Sheila on Jul 01, 2017

    How do you store this large piece for the winter?

    What are the paint colors, the finishes and sealers you used?

  • Nanou Nanou on Aug 17, 2017

    what can you use other than corian for the top?

  • Tee Bone Tee Bone on Jul 21, 2020

    Is the new furniture outside all year round?

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  • Joanie Joanie on Feb 06, 2018

    A beautiful makeover.......I love it both ways!! Great job!! Get out the Jack Daniels.....I seen your shirt...

  • Linda Abate Linda Abate on Feb 06, 2018

    Absolutely beautiful job done on this amazing island. Would definitely find a spot in my kitchen for this. Love the style, paint colors and the corian counter top used.