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Published on February 4th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Hemnes Dresser = Kitchen Island

Materials: Hemnes 3-Drawer Chest

Description: Kitchen islands are expensive! And they are not very cute. I took an old Hemnes 3-drawer chest (the bigger one) and re-purposed it into a kitchen island.

I took the backing off the dresser and bought a 4x8ft wainscoting panel which I cut into 3 sections. One large one for the back of the chest and 2 smaller pieces for the sides to tie the whole thing together.

Spray painted the wainscoting and used liquid nails and finishing nails to attach the back panel. Then used liquid nails to attach the smaller two side panels right onto the dresser.

I went on Craigslist and bought an old coffee table and took the top off. I looked for one that had the closest resemblance to a real butcher block to avoid doing extra work. Removed the top of the dresser and used screws to screw the new top on.

Then I bought some decorative scroll brackets to put under the overhang and decorative knobs to finish it off with a country ‘kitcheny’ feel :)

I saved about $200 by building this island myself and I’m super happy with the results. It’s perfect for my size kitchen and decor. I also LOVE having the drawers for storage!

~ Joanne

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18 Responses to Hemnes Dresser = Kitchen Island

  1. vancouverannie says:

    You did something to the drawers??

  2. Laura says:

    Hello! How did you screw the butcher block top onto the dresser? Did you hide the screws?

    • Jo says:

      We left the top off the dresser on. Then my husband figured out the correct length screws and screwed from the inside of the dresser up into the top. We also used liquid nails to increase the strength.

  3. Dana says:

    what size of coffee table counter top did you buy to fit the dresser?

  4. Jojo says:

    hey!! sorry for such a late response. Yes, it sits flat across and fits right in so the actual legs act as a frame :)

  5. Gina James Gina James says:

    Love this! And perfect for a small apartment too! Storage and useful countertop space; just beautiful.

  6. Jojo says:

    My kitchen has the same floodplan as yours Right down to the color of the caninets and floor tile. Do you live in Indianapolis IN?

  7. Anonymous says:

    In the picture it looks like you cut the side pannels a bit smaller and allowed the orginal cabinet colour to act as a frame. My question is – does it all sit flat across or is there a bit of a ridge between what you added and the orginial? I love this hack and am thinking about doing the same at my house :)

  8. Anonymous says:

    So clever! I was wondering how I could make my small kitchen more efficient and voila! I found the answer in your Hack. Many many Thanks

  9. mrsben says:

    Ingenious! -Brenda-

  10. Anonymous says:

    Well done! Grats

  11. Anonymous says:

    Great job…makes me want an island!

  12. Dugleik says:

    Damn you! Now I have to get a bigger kitchen.

  13. Jenny Bloom says:

    Awesome! Very clever

  14. Donna says:

    You did a beautiful job! My favorite part is the addition of the wainscoting.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful hack, nicely done.

  16. Tricia says:

    What a creative idea! You have such a fantastic blog here.

  17. Sivyaleah says:

    Beautiful island! Can you come and build me one? :D

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