When we reviewed the blueprints of new house I noticed that an island in the kitchen had been an option that the first owners did not choose to put in. I knew that I would want a space to use as a baking and prep area.
I also knew I wanted it to be something unique. In my Craig’s List searching I saw an oak dresser on sale that would fit the bill.
We removed the top of the dresser and saved it in case I change my mind down the road. The mirror has been hung on the wall in case it ever goes back to being a dresser. This disclaimer was inserted for those of you who don’t love what I do to furniture. (Although I still am not sure why you read my blog.) Man, I sound cranky, Sorry folks. I promise not to let the haters get me down again.
The hardware was shot. I did find some hardware that will work with the kitchen knobs which are oil rubbed bronze.
veneer sides out of oak.
We took a trip to Ikea for a butcher block to add to the top of my dresser island. After doing some research we found that they have least expensive butcher block . It still is not cheap but compared to the cost at other places it was a deal. We used half of the length of the butcher block and we are selling the other half to a friend for their kitchen.
Hubby cut the butcher block down to size and we used the brackets included to attach it.
You have to treat butcher block with mineral oil. This one has three coats rubbed in.
The back was really ugly so we covered it with beadboard that I painted Behr Innocence- an ivory color. The back is going to get hooks that are going to hold pot holders and dish towels.
This is going to be a great spot for prepping food close to the stove. I never claimed to be a chef, but this will help me to at least not be as unorganized.