We are in the process of remodeling our kitchen. I have wanted an island or work space since we have limited counter space and I love to craft, cook and bake. I decided with the help of the Mr. to create a mobile kitchen island from a dresser. With his help this was an easy diy improvement project for me. As I worked up the idea and he used his wood working skills. Then I finished with my painting skills. I think we make a good team. We pulled a vintage dresser from the garage and decided to give it new life. First by re-purposing it and then making it pretty with Chalk Paint. This was my first time tackling a project like this and using Americana Chalky Finish Paints.
I used to live in an old farm house. We had quite a few vintage pieces picked up from yard sales and various flee markets. Then we moved into town where this dresser sat for 12 years in the garage. I always loved how big the drawers were and knew someday I’d find the time to bring it to use again.
We talked about how we’d tackle the DIY conversion project;
- First taking my design ideas
- Making a working plan and getting supplies
- Next prepping the furniture
- Then adding a shelf with wheels for mobility
- Adding a new top with fold down for space saving
- Finally painting with Americana Chalky Finish Paints
Here is how I re-purposed my dresser into a mobile kitchen island;
Let’s work backwards starting with the finished kitchen island conversion.
Next this is what the dresser originally looked like.
It’s top was damaged with ring stains and it had chips and scraps over the surface layers. There were little bits of trim missing. It sat so long the legs started to rot.
- We sanded the dresser lightly
- Turned the dresser upside down, cut off half of the rotting legs and added a shelf to the bottom of the dresser
- Next we added wheels to the shelf base and turned it right side up
- We added a new top and folding shelf, sanded and trimmed the edges
- Then we primed for painting only due to the heavy nicks, scrapes and other imperfections in the wood
- We didn’t prime the drawers which were in better shape with the exception of one we had to use wood putty on
- (Note: For This Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint NO sanding or priming is needed!)
We decided to create a top with a fold down for space saving and to have extra space when working where we could add stools for sitting. We used a nickle hinge and drop leaf supports.
- Here is the drop leaf after attaching and painting
- I promise to share a full step by step images of the DIY Conversion soon! It will really help you when it’s your turn to do this diy project
- Below you can see it open
- Meet the hero of this project!
- This diy / paint project is brought to you by Deco Art. I was supplied with the #chalkyfinish paints to complete my #decoartproject and compensated. These are 100% my own images, text and experience with using the products to finish my project.
We used Americana Decor #ChalkyFinish Paint Colors and Finishing Products to complete this #Decoartproject;
- Clear Creme Wax
- For the top we will be adding Americana Decor Soft Touch Varnish (we had to order this online it wasn’t in our local store, we live in a rural area)
- Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint is available in Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, A.C. Moore and other stores
You can paint over dry patched wood putty areas. You don’t need to pre prep the wood surface unless you have severe repairs.
The paint is thick, goes on smooth and covers great. See the after it’s amazing how good the coverage is with a just two coats.
This is after the first coat of Chalk Paint. Clean up is a breeze too!
For the tops we painted them with the Carbon color a really pretty black. It took a few coats as we were using re-purposed wood. For the shelf under the dresser we used a trim roller brush to spread the chalk paint.
You know this is kitchen island is getting stocked with baking, cooking and crafting supplies!
- Now to replace the sink, counters and paint the kitchen cabinets or replace them and a new coat of paint on the walls! Our list is long but, with teamwork I think we can get it done. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on our next diy projects and more! Want a closer look? Click next photo to see larger.
- Again, Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint is available in Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, A.C. Moore and other stores. Visit the DecoArt Chalky Finish website for more chalk paint ideas and inspiration.
Have you ever used Americana Chalky Finish Paints? What diy projects are on your list to do?