The kitchen island has been more popular in the present day and a lot more people have started setting them up in their own kitchens. Whether it be an ordinary countertop or more intricately designed one, complete with a sink and a stove, the kitchen island definitely has a lot of advantages. For one thing, it makes working in the kitchen a lot more efficient because of the added working space it provides. It also doubles as a divider so that distractions are avoided from people coming in and out of kitchen area while you are doing your chores. It can provide storage for utensils and other appliances as well. By placing some stools, you are able to use it as an extra dining area too. Having one installed may cost you a good deal of money so if you want to be practical and stay within a budget, you could make a kitchen island with things you have at home. One item that would be perfect is an old dresser. You can convert this easily into an efficient kitchen island and make it look like it was made for that purpose. Here’s how.
- Materials needed. You will need an old dresser (one you have at home or purchased at a local flea market), paneling of about 1/4th of an inch, some towel bars, S hooks, and castors. Optional materials you may want to make use of are paints, paint rollers, paint brushes, and sand paper.
- To start. An ideal height for a kitchen island would be around 29 inches in height. If you have an existing dresser at home that measures this, it would be perfect. However, there is no need to worry if what you have is a bit taller as you can cut the dresser’s legs off to meet the standard requirement. Make sure you are able to measure your dresser accurately before doing any cutting to avoid mistakes. If need be, you may have to cut an existing drawer as well in case your dresser is still higher than it should be.
- Sanding and painting. Should you want to change the complete appearance and color of your dresser to give it a new look as your island, you may use your paint in your preferred color. Before doing so, you must sand the dresser’s surfaces lightly. After sanding, you will need to prime it and then proceed to apply your paint. If you like the vintage look, milk paint can give you that effect. To keep your island protected from any damages caused by cleaning solutions, rub in some wool gel stain onto it.
- Paneling. Check out the back area of your dresser and prime it before applying your paint. Attach your paneling in case you find that the back surface is irregular or bumpy.
- Attaching accessories. You may now begin to attach your towel holder and hooks on both sides of your kitchen island to make it easily accessible for use. Place back your drawers and handles in case you had detached them while painting. You may also attach rollers on your dresser legs to make it much easier to move around.
Tiles can be added on the counter top, as well as a customized butcher
black or laminate. This all depends on you how you would like your
kitchen island to look like. You have now created a functional kitchen
island all on your own.