Hi readers!  I decided to take a pause from my style this week and show you something else I’ve been working on.  Since I am moving to a studio that has like literally zero counter space, I had to get creative on how I was going to gain some.  I started by looking in stores like Target and Bed Bath and Beyond that had decent options.

The problem was I wanted something more unique and not so accessible.  Then I found some great ideas on how to make my own kitchen island from an old dresser!  What I loved about this project was that I could pick the paint color, stain and size of my choice.  I didn’t have to settle for what Target was mass producing. 🙂


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Ever hear the expression, “Good Bones?”  Well that’s what I was on the hunt for when I went to one of my new favorite thrift stores, Brown Elephant, in Andersonville.

I saw this monstrosity of a dresser and could see all the potential it had.   Also, it was only $30 so the choice was obvious.

The previous owner had built this shelf situation on top (I have no idea why) but I knew it was the first thing that had to go.  

After knocking off the add ons with a hammer, I unscrewed the cabinet doors.

I wanted it to be an open island (meaning no cabinet doors) because open shelving is a great way to show off your kitchenware.  But if that isn’t your style, leaving the doors on is a great way to hide your clutter and will give you a completely different look!

Once all doors and drawers were taken off it was pretty easy to see what the finished product was going to look like.

The outside of the “dresser” had been stained but the top and inside were still the natural wood.  In order to paint, I needed to sand down everything otherwise the paint would peel off.

I also filled in the holes from the doors with wood filler.  After the filler dried, I sanded everything again going with the grain of the wood.  

After sanding came the fun part, picking the color!  I ended up going with Province Blue by Benjamin Moore.  This is the back of the now “island” but I wanted to show it’s color in the natural light.

I chose a pretty neutral color but the cool thing about DIY is that there are no rules.  This tutorial can go with anyones design style depending on what paint and hardware you choose!

^ This picture was taken before I sanded and got a lot of the dirt and grease stains out.  Originally I really loved the light natural wood and wanted to leave it.  The problem was if I spilt anything on it, that would be the end.  So then I talked to my new friends at Ace Hardware who told me to use clear Polyurethane as a finish on top.

I wasn’t sure if that was the look I was going for but since I was making this for a kitchen, it only made sense.

After seeing the final result, I wouldn’t want it any other way…

As I’ve mentioned, the other area to get creative with this tutorial is the drawer pulls.  There are SO many options and this choice has the power to change the whole look of the island so don’t settle.

I literally bought 3 different pairs until I found ones that I liked.  

These drawer pulls only cost $1.50 each but they were really bright, fake looking gold at first.  To get them to that “antique” look I wanted, I mixed a few paint colors until I found the color I liked.

Then I painted it on the pulls sloppily and then blotted it with a paper towel.  Now they’re exactly what I had in mind.

And there you have it.  I know that this tutorial was a tad long so thanks for those who stuck with it!  This piece of furniture could also be used as a bar or television stand depending on if I kept the cabinet doors and changed the hardware.

There are a lot of options and creative ways to reboot old furniture before you take the easy route at Target… 😉


Ciao for now,


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  1. It’s beautiful u did a really good job I am so proud of u now u should go into the refinishing furniture u a a natural for everything u do lv u Keep up the good work

  2. Good for you Dean . All that time running around to yard sales with your mom and visiting your grandpas shop really paid off. You really have a good eye.???

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