Friday, June 29, 2012

Dresser Turned Kitchen Island for My Sis

My younger sister got engaged to a fantastic guy this past New Year’s Eve, and I couldn’t be more excited for her and her husband-to-be!

Not long after they got engaged, I told them that I wanted to do a piece of furniture for them as a wedding gift and to start thinking of what they would want or could use.  She came back to me and suggested a dresser that they could use as an island in the kitchen, so I started on the lookout for the perfect piece that was not too wide and a good counter-top height.

The search didn’t last long before I snagged this awesome piece for $15 at my favorite thrift store!


It had several gloppy coats of paint over the years that were stripped off.  It was more than my orbital sander could handle on it’s own, so I used Citristrip.  The body was painted with an off-white oops paint. I kept the top wood and stained it with several coats of walnut stain for a dark, rich color which also served to abuse it had obviously taken.


I followed up the stain with a new top coat for me, Tung Oil (I used Minwax brand), and it’s definitely a new favorite!!  It’s super easy to use, self-leveling for a nice, smooth finish, food-safe (so perfect for a food prep or eating surface), heat resistant (also handy for the kitchen) and just a super-gorgeous glossy finish for your wood.  The only down side is that you have to wait 24 hours between coats, and I applied 5 on this dresser/island’s top.  Just brush a generous coat on with a disposable foam brush, wait a day, and repeat the process until you have a nice, glossy finish with no dull spots.  With a little patience, I’m sure that you’ll love the results as much as I did. 

The finishing touch was these fabulous Mexican Talavera knobs that I picked up on Etsy.  They’re using Fiestaware dishes, and I thought it would be fun to play off the Mexican design element.

Talavera Knobs

So I hope that it’ll be something that they will use and love for years to come.  Who knows: Someday it may even be reincarnated as a changing table for my future niece or nephew!  ;)





Summer is kicking my heinie here!  Between the horrid heat and having all four kiddos home, I’m not cranking furniture projects out as fast as I would like, so I apologize for my lack of posting.

But I did manage to finish up a lovely gilded pair of French side tables the other day as well.  I’m sharing them over on the SNAP! Blog, so head on over and check it out!

Gold Side Tables Detail

Sweatilly yours,


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  1. The legs on that "island" are Awesome!! And boy O boy it WOULD make a fabulous changing table someday! ;)

  2. Wow now that's a beauty :) I like them have suddenly put me in the mood to work on some furniture I've been slacking thanks for the inspiration.

  3. I really love it! What did you do to the back of the dresser? I saw one that they painted chalkboard paint on because the back was so ugly

  4. This is absolutely beautiful!! Excellent result! I love that you are already thinking about it's next life, as possibly a changing table -ha ha ha!!! :)

  5. That is just beautiful! I'm sure your sister loves it! You always have such great tips and ideas. Thanks for sharing!!

  6. Just gorgeous - and what a beautiful gift - it'll become a family heirloom I'm sure,
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  7. The curvy lines and the legs of this piece perfectly balance the chunkiness of it. I love what you did with the two-tone look, to give it some pizzazz.

  8. What a lobly gift for someone you love. This sure turned out wonderful,can you please tell what color and paint you used for the base of dresser (island).
    Thank you so,

  9. What a great gift! That top is gorgeous, it'll look beautiful in a kitchen!

  10. That is indeed lovely! I super love the knobs plus the color is definitely my style. You are very genius on turning a furniture to a fabulous one. Your sister will surely love it. Gorgeous gift!

  11. Gorgeous, what a gift! Funny thing, we have Tung oil in the basement, and I never knew what it was for. Thanks for the lesson! :) So glad I came across your blog today.


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  14. Oh, I wish I had the patience and the know how to refinish furniture like this! It's gorgeous!

  15. I just found your blog today and I have to say you are doing my dream job! Everything I've seen is fabulous! I love painted furniture and I especially love taking unwanted items and making them beautiful. Your tips, directions, and guides to products are so inspiring that I can't wait to get started on some projects that have been lingering. Right now I have a midcentury desk with a bookcase on one side with sliding glass doors that I found at a dumpster (free is awesome!) and had to drag home. I think I'm leaning toward the herringbone treatment! (BTW - my name is also Ann Marie!)

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