How To Repurpose A Dresser Into A Kitchen Island

How-To Repurpose / Refurbish

I was so excited when I came across this repurposing idea from Small Place Style; I had to share it with you “DiggersListers” immediately. This simple how-to is stylishly fantastic and you can customize its look, color and functionality to your personal style. Perfect for extra storage and counter space, this adorable dresser island conveniently accommodates small spaces, and, for those of us who rent, is easily movable! Po’okela!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Here’s what you do:

  1. Clean and sand all surfaces of dresser you wish to paint (exclude top). Wipe clean of dust.
  2. Paint dresser, including paper towel holder if desired.
  3. Using caulk gun, apply the silicon adhesive  to the top of dresser (do not over-glue).
  4. Carefully place the granite onto the countertop, making sure it is evenly placed (the silicon will cushion and help to level the marble). Allow to dry.
  5. Mount paper towel holder and screw in hooks.

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  • Stella

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    • Skaie Knox

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  • Julia

    If you don’t mind me asking, did you have to pay for the slab or did they give you the remnant for free? I’m curious, I got a buffet for $30, would be a perfect kitchen island, but it does need a top, and since I’m also adding wheels, I want to keep costs down if I can. Most blogs are recommending butcher block, but that’s not exactly super cheap either, and since I plan to use my island for baking, butcher block makes less sense than some other, smoother surfaces.

    • Skaie Knox

      Hi Julia! Yes, I agree…I think a solid surface countertop would be best. On this particular piece, a granite slab was used. There are a few things you can do to keep costs low:
      1.) Call and ask your local vendors if they might have “leftover” pieces-these might be bought at discounted prices due to their small sizes, possible flaws in the color, etc.

      2.) Go to DiggersList and enter your zip code, then search “solid surface countertops” or whatever kind of material you wish (i.e. granite, quartz, marble, soapstone, etc.). You can find prices even as low as $6.00 a linear foot! Here’s a national search for an example:

      3. Opt for stainless steel – since the top of your piece will be relatively small, the cost will be pretty minimal and stainless steel is the best for baking! Simply purchase some plywood, and cut it the size you wish (you can also have it cut at places like Home Depot and Lowes to your specs), then take the plywood piece to your local sheet metal shop. For approximately $20 a foot, they will cut and shape the piece to your plywood. Here is a great blog post to show you an example of what these homeowners did:

      Good luck and PLEASE keep us posted on your project! If you want to take pictures, we’d love to feature you on a blog post…just contact me at: [email protected].

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