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
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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