Country Kitchen Island made from IKEA HEMNES dresser

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 country kitchen island.
  • HEMNES 3-Drawer Chest
How I made my country style 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.

Then, I spray painted the wainscoting. After it dried, I used Liquid Nails and finishing nails to attach the back panel.

Next, I used Liquid Nails to attach the smaller two side panels right onto the dresser.

Country kitchen island – sourcing the top

Prior to this, 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. So, I 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 country kitchen island myself and I’m super happy with the results.

It’s perfect for the size of my kitchen and decor. I also LOVE having the drawers for storage!

~ Joanne

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