How to Convert a Dresser Into a Kitchen Workspace

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How to Convert a Dresser Into a Kitchen Workspace
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When you need extra kitchen counter space, you don't have to build a new kitchen counter or buy a new kitchen island. A simple idea is to use an old bedroom dresser, spruce it up, decorate it and add a great kitchen counter. You end up with a great kitchen furniture accent that is functional and adds counter space and extra storage space.

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Things you need

  • Dresser
  • White or off white base coat paint
  • Paint for faux finish
  • Faux paint stencil
  • Clear coat acrylic paint spray
  • 8 to 10 L brackets
  • Wood screws
  • 3/4" plywood -- 3" longer on all sides of the dresser size
  • Decorative moulding
  • Mitre saw
  • Wood glue
  • Tile mastic
  • Kitchen tiles

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  1. 1

    Find a dresser that is about 27" high, or about waist height. You may have an old dresser, or you can purchase one at a garage sale, flea market or second hand store.

  2. 2

    Paint it with a white, or off white, base coat.

  3. 3

    Paint the dresser in a colour that matches your kitchen, or give it a faux paint finish. You can use a wood grain pattern, paint your own faux scenes or use some of the other faux finish techniques. If your painting techniques are not wonderful, then use a faux paint stencil. These are available in most home improvement stores.

  4. 4

    Spray an acrylic clear coat on your finished faux painted dresser. You can either choose a glossy finish or a non-glossy one.

  5. 5

    Unscrew the old drawer pulleys from the inside of the drawers, and install new interesting cast iron, wrought iron, aluminium or wood pulleys, that go with your kitchen decor and your newly decorated dresser.

  6. 6

    Measure the top of the dresser and cut a piece of 3/4" sheet of plywood about three inches longer than the dresser top on all sides.

  7. 7

    Attach the plywood by using L brackets attached to the bottom of the counter top and the upper sides of the dresser. Use small wood screws to attach the brackets.

  8. 8

    Cut moulding to the size of your plywood using a mitre saw. Glue the cut moulding to the sides of the plywood, leaving a slight edge on the upper side of the plywood, so that you can lay tiles on top of this and the moulding will cover the tile side edges.

  9. 9

    Apply a layer of tile mastic to the plywood, then lay the tiles on top, and press them into the mastic, so it surrounds the tile. You can use Formica, ceramic, or even stone tiles.

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