Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Upcycled: Awesome Kitchen Islands Made From Old Dressers

Dresser turned kitchen island via hgtv

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.

Check out this beautiful DIY dresser turned island by Kate at Heir and Space

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

Isn't this color the BEST? I'm swooning over this old dresser turned kitchen island by Kate at Heir and Space. Definitely give her a visit and check out all of her other before and after furniture projects.

Dresser turned kitchen island from Remodelaholic

Kitchen island in bright blue

1920's era dresser is now a kitchen island from Etsy seller ourvintagekitchenco

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Originally published in May 2015 and updated in August 2020 for content and clarity. Article copyright Laura Beth Love 2020 and may not be republished in print or other media without express written permission from the author. For any link updates or corrections leave correct info in comment area.