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Do it Yourself

Upcycled Dresser Kitchen Island

We have been working on this project for about a month now. To those of you who have patiently waited for this post, I thank you for you patience. This dream started with a dresser we found at a local resale shop. It was a bit taller than your standard dresser and made the perfect height for an island, and thus, the dresser to island conversion project was born.

We had seen plenty of tutorials on Pinterest, though we had never actaully read them, and thought it would be the perfect choice for our style and needs for the family. This is what the dresser looked like orginally. In all it’s orangey-veneered glory. There she was, just begging for a facelift.

Next came the demo. There was a couple weeks between the time we brought her home and actually got to work. I took a pry bar to the top and removed all the drawers and hardware, just to see what we were working with. At first, I thought I’d just paint all the drawers and the one door, use the orginal hardware and put it back together. It was only after I had it taken a part that I realized we could rework the structure a bit. We took out the top row all together and installed shiplap-type planks to the bottom and back.

My handsome handy-man decided to do a bit of reinforcing along the back with some 1x’s. These were also covered with the planks so they couldn’t be seen. On a side note, the milk can strainers you see here are for out next kitchen project I was “measuring” to see with we will need two or three. But thats a different project for a different day.

Have I got your wheels turning on your own island conversion yet?

Up next, was paint of course. I used three different General Finishes Milk Paint and their Stain blocking Primer to acheive a chippy aged finish on this piece. I will share the steps for this method in a separate post soon. But all your really need to know for now is it was painted…like 6 times..haha not because I had to but by choice to achieve a specific look and coloring.

After paint came the hardware. By this point I was dead set on making this piece look as authentically old as possible. What ages a piece quicker than rust, right? LEARN HOW I RUSTED MY NEW HARDWARE HERE

BEFORE
AFTER

With the paint and harware nailed down, we set out on a whole separate journey of it’s own, in building our DIY RUSTIC ISLAND COUNTER TOP which you can READ ABOUT HERE.

Once complete, we needed to devise a way to support the extra weight. Josh, in all of his creative genious, remebered these old rusty farm implements he pulled from a barn back in the Spring. I mean talk about hearing angelic voices sing. These little beauties worked like a daggum charm!

My handymen once again came to my rescue, popped a couple of holes in these bad boys and braced them up perfectly.

And finally, the final touch…that beautiful and carefuly aged solid maple DIY ISLAND COUNTER TOP that I mentioned before, finally found her final resting place and oooooh my word she is a beaut!

And drumroll please……

Now that I look at these bolt, I think I will be rusting the using the same technique that I used for the hardware….what do you think?

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Sherry Swafford
    at 1:28 AM

    Beautiful job love it

    • Reply
      roostandrestore
      at 2:49 AM

      Thanks! It was a fun project

  • Reply
    Debi Lurvey
    at 1:54 AM

    This is so pretty you all did a wonderful job!

    • Reply
      roostandrestore
      at 2:49 AM

      Thank you so much! You’re so kind

  • Reply
    Kathryn P
    at 2:04 AM

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!!

    • Reply
      roostandrestore
      at 2:49 AM

      Thank you!!

  • Reply
    Cathy Wells
    at 3:39 AM

    OMG, this turned out so beautiful (I knew it would), you all done a absolutely amazing wonderful job on it. I love it.

    • Reply
      roostandrestore
      at 12:36 PM

      You are so kind thank you so much

  • Reply
    Robin
    at 4:55 AM

    Omgosh Kaycee, so beautiful!!! Congratulations on a job well done!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply
    Kimberly Dillingham
    at 2:51 PM

    Kaycee you are a very talented young woman! Your island is beautiful! You had asked our opinion on the screws – painted or aged? Aged would be my choice. Please don’t be offended – I can see knees hitting and getting injured by those island brackets. Can your handy helper curve the metal in backward S circular design to get it up closer to the island?

    • Reply
      roostandrestore
      at 12:36 PM

      I’m not offended at all! Thank you for your concern. Fortunately the dimensions allow plenty of room for knees. No scrapes!

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