Monday, February 7, 2011

WEEKEND PROJECT: KITCHEN ISLAND {apartment style}

For those of you who live in an apartment and need that extra counter space, here is a DIY project that you can take with you when you move. This dresser which has been used for a TV stand for the last two years has moved into the kitchen to be used as an island. 



A new maple butcher block top, hardware, back panel and a paper towel holder turned this dresser into a functioning kitchen island. 


The three drawers helped to clear some of the clutter off the existing counter tops and I now have storage for larger cooking utensils and hand towels. The bottom drawer still holds our DVD collection, but that's just between you and me. 


A 1/4" piece of luan and a fresh coat of paint replaced the cardboard back...


...and although it's perfectly fine to use this butcher block top as a chopping block, it's just too pretty to cut into for now. 


The attached paper towel holder is right at arms reach {and again, off the counter top}. 





If you who rent (or can't convince your landlord to remodel) this is a great way to gain more storage in your kitchen. 





27 comments:

  1. Thank you! You'll have to come over and see it soon.

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  2. I have a dresser out in the garage calling my name to be repurposed into a kitchen island... Did you remove the dresser's orginal top?

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  3. I did remove the original dresser top, but saved it in case I wanted to someday turn it back into a dresser again. Good luck on your dresser project!

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  4. I love this idea! It's beautiful!
    Susan @ homeroad.net

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  5. Thanks Susan! It has been such a helpful piece in my little apartment kitchen.
    ~Solana

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  6. I just saw this on Decor Hacks and I have to say Wow! I'm now going to be obsessed with this idea! I don't think I have room in my tiny apartment kitchen for this but I will be storing the idea away for future reference if/when I ever move!

    (I can't seem to log in under my own name for some reason... I'm not trying to be anonymous! Lori from yesimadethat.blogspot.com)

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  7. Hi Lori. Thanks for checking out my project and letting me know about Decor Hacks! I bet you could even try this with a smaller side table if you need more work space. The key is to bring it up to counter height (36"). Thanks for reading :)
    ~Solana

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  8. You did a fantastic job! I love that green and the paper towel holder idea. The crazy thing is I just purchased this exact dresser from a thrift store, two days ago! I can't believe I'm seeing it in a wonderful blog post after I found it.
    I'm planning on making it into an entry way table and to hang a mirror above it.

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  9. Thanks Brittany! The paint is Behr's Paint & Primer In One called Retro Avocado. What a coincidence that you found the same dresser. Good luck with your entryway table!
    ~Solana

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  10. Love it! If we had the space I would definitely do something like this!

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  11. Hi Solana,

    I am going to attempt this project in the coming weeks. I already have the dresser. I was wondering where you got the butcher block top? And about how much it cost?

    Keddie

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  12. Wow, this is cool! I also love DIY stuff to help save some cash. In this economy, we all have to be wise financially.

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  13. Great job on the cabinet! Where did you get your plan and design? This can help save up a few pennies in your budget.

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    Philippines real estate

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  14. @Madeth
    Thank you. I actually saw something similar to this online and decided to try it for myself. It worked out great for extra storage in my small apartment kitchen!

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  15. Hi Solena - beautifully done! I also was wondering about the butcher block - where did you get it and (if you don't mind sharing) how much $$ would I be looking at to spend? I appreciate your input very much. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Kendra! I work at a kitchen design showroom, so I was able to buy a piece from our fabricators at a discount. It was originally $350, but I think I paid $200 (it's been awhile). I would see what you might be able to find online or at a local salvage yard.
      Thanks for reading!
      ~Solana

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  16. Hello Solana, how did you attach the butcher block to the dresser? Liquid Nails?

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    1. Hi. After removing the old dresser top, I drilled screw holes in the bottom of the butcher block in each corner to align with the old top. I then screwed shallow pilot holes for washers to fit around the screws. The washers allow a little room for the butcher block to expand and contract (and prevents it from splitting). I've had it for a few years now and so far, so good...especially in this New England weather. I hope this helps!
      ~Solana

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    1. Thank you! I sold this a few months ago and I miss it already!

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  18. This is adorable!! Love it, and I'm gonna snag my daughter's dresser and do this!! Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Thank you Theresa and good luck with your project! Let me know if you have any questions along the way.
      ~Solana

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  19. I LOVE this, but for the price of the butcher block I think I would end up buying a ready-made kitchen island instead. :/

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    1. So true. Since I work for a kitchen design company I lucked out and was able to use a piece of remnant butcher block. I've also recently used some pine boards glued together to make table tops which is a much more affordable option. Thanks for reading!

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  20. Do you cut directly on the butcher block?

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    1. I did not cut on it. I wanted to keep it fairly clean, although it did get a few stains.

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