Outdated Dresser Turned Dandy Island

Kirsten Yanasak
by Kirsten Yanasak
2 Materials
7 Days
From trash to treasure: how we upcycled an old dresser into our dream island.

It was ugly! But I saw potential!
I started by removing the doors completely! There were super nice shelves inside that were perfect for displaying kitchen items!
Next, I removed the drawers. These are going to be painted separately. Then, I started priming everything! Using a good primer saves a ton of time because it means no sanding necessary!!
The back looked a little plain, so Adam added some trim work to make the back look more finished and polished.
I found this great butcher block top from Craigslist that I really wanted to use for the top of this island. So, Adam built up a base to add it to. Once everything was in place, I stained and sealed the top.
Then, I lightly distressed the paint and then let everything dry.
It's now the perfect island for our otherwise small kitchen.

We love how this upcycled piece has added usuable space to our home. It's the perfect spot for breakfast, doing homework and keeping me company in the kitchen while I cook!
Resources for this project:
Thrifted Dresser
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  • 62q10370829 62q10370829 on Mar 08, 2018

    It looks like its always been there. How do you keep feet out of open shelves?

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