Published on February 4th, 2013 | by Jules IKEAHacker17
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.
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!