Friday, May 15, 2015

Upcycled: Awesome Kitchen Islands Made From Old Dressers

Don't know what to do with that old dresser that you no longer need in the bedroom?
How about repurposing that old salvaged dresser and turning it into a unique, one 
of a kind new kitchen island? Check out the examples below for what you can 
do with a little bit of paint and some creative thinking and maybe you'll be
 inspired to upcycle your own old dresser into a fantastic new 
kitchen island! Read on for more tips and ideas!

Here are a few ideas for how to turn your old dresser into a new kitchen island:

  • Don't be afraid to use color! Sometimes a bright or bold pop of color is exactly what a kitchen needs.

  • Replace old drawer pulls with new hardware, possibly some that matches your cabinet hardware.

  • Think about using the sides as creative storage spaces: add hooks for potholders or utensils, or a towel rack to hang kitchen towels. Large magnets are also great for holding utensils.

  • Add casters to the legs so that you can  move it around easily.

  • Remove drawers (and use those elsewhere in your home) to create open storage inside of the dresser - this is great for storing larger pots and pans or cookbooks!

  • Choose a sturdy top for your dresser. If you are going to be doing a lot of food preparation on it, you may want to replace the top with a piece of marble or butcher block wood (check Ikea!).

I love these colors! Dresser turned kitchen island via hgtv

This large dresser painted a sunny yellow brightens up the kitchen! 

Dresser drawers make great kitchen storage! Image from Country Living

Dresser turned kitchen island from Remodelaholic

Kitchen island in bright blue

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I hope you have a great week 
Love, Laura

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  1. Love them all, pretty, elegant and frugal!!!

  2. I love these ideas. Super clever! I just wish I had a large enough kitchen for something like this!

  3. I love these! I am in the process of making mine and it will be from an old 1950's dresser. Such a simple yet stunning addition to any kitchen I think!

  4. Wonderful idea! All the remodels are beautiful but my favorites are the white one with the drawers by Remodelaholic and the lowet one in red.

  5. Beautiful and practical ideas. I love them all, but that one with the chalkboard is really smart.