Hsin Huang creates a chic kitchen island from a tired chest of drawers.
How to make an kitchen island
Can’t find the perfect wood colour for your DIY? Resene has a wide range of wood stain colours so you can change up the colour scheme. Always do a test patch before applying and go light on the first coat – you can always build up the colour later. Resene SpaceCote products are recommended for furniture DIY. They are low odour, dry fast and are easy to keep clean.
Next month: We didn’t want to waste the drawers, so next issue we show you how to use them to create super-stylish shelving.
Have a good look at the chest of drawers to decide which section you will use for shelving. In the piece we refurbished, the bottom drawers were wonky, but the top drawers were fine. So we kept the top two for cutlery and removed the bottom two drawers. (A)
Carefully remove handles. (B)
Measure the depth and width of the dresser and cut the plywood to size so it will sit on the drawer supports to create shelves. For the top, leave at least 50-100mm overhang on either side, giving you a larger working space. (C)
Lightly sand the plywood shelves and top so they are smooth. Stain with Resene Colorwood wood stain. Read the instructions before starting. Our tip: Apply the stain with a large brush then quickly wipe away any excess with a towel. When dry, finish with Resene Aquaclear waterborne urethane varnish. (J-K)
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