It seems like some areas of the house can never have too much storage.
Always needing more counter space in the kitchen?
Kitchen islands are a great solution for adding some extra countertop space and storage to a kitchen that is seriously lacking in those two areas.
Wouldn't it be nice to have a new kitchen island w/o spending another fortune?
Heres a new kitchen Island under $300
You can use any old dresser that you want to rid. instead of throwing it, you can upcycle it to a new kitchen island.
You will need:
Old dresser with drawers (I found one for $55 on Craigslist)
Spray paint (it’s inexpensive and quicker than regular paint)
New hardware, casters
1. Sand the entire dresser, paying special attention to the top. Be sure to take the drawers out and sand all the edges as well.
2. Prime the drawers and outside of the dresser
3. Paint! This is a bit tricky though, for your kitchen island to match your kitchen you would want to use similar colours. So use the same colour your kitchen counter comes in for the top and the same colour your drawers are for the sides. (for kitchens with granite or marble counters you may opt for granite sheets which are still a lot cheaper than an entire granite or marble block) Use spray paint because it’s inexpensive and easy to change.
4. Match your kitchen cabinet handles and replace the old dresser handles for a unified look.
Now that you have your basic kitchen island, we all know that it would be just so wonderful if your kitchen island had a working sink.
Imagine... washing fruits and vegetables, soaking dishes or doing anything you normally need to do at your current sink and still be able to keep your countertops clear and clean.
Having a second sink in your kitchen is something you can get done by yourself.
Here's how to add a sink to your existing kitchen island.
Before we begin, understand that not every kitchen island may be suitable for a installing a sink. For instance, the sink will sit deep into the storage area of the island, so it has to either have the room available, or you will have to create the room yourself. If your island has a top-middle drawer, you will more than likely have to remove the drawer and just glue the drawer face back on the island for decoration.
Your new sink is going to need water supply and drainage pipes hookups, so you will have to be able to get access underneath your kitchen. Locate the water supply lines and drain connected to your current sink. Turn off the water to those lines and you will have to cut and solder in a "T" so you can branch off with supply lines to the new sink. You will also have to drill holes through the base of your island and through the floor so you can bring the new pipes up into the island.
You need to connect your island's drainage pipe with the one currently connected to your existing sink. Here, you will have to cut the existing pipe and use a PVC "T" connector.
With your water lines run, be sure to install shutoff valves inside the kitchen island. Next, you will have to cut the access hole needed to fit your sink. You will want to cut the hole about an inch shorter all sides of the dimensions of the sink. Begin by tracing out the hole. Next, use a drill with a wood bit to make pilot holes in all four corners of your outline. Use a jigsaw to cut out the outline. Set your sink in the hole to ensure a proper fit.
If the sink sits properly, take it out and run a bead of plumbers putty around the hole. Insert the sink again and press it down so the plumbers putty squeezes out from under the sink edge. Tighten down the clamps on the bottom side of the sink so that it cannot be pulled out.
Next, connect the drain line to the sink and the water supply lines to the kitchen tap. Make sure that everything is secure and tight and turn the water supply lines back on. Turn on the shut - off valves under the new sink and test the tap for good water flow. Let the sink fill up with water and check underneath for any leaks. As the sink drains, keep watching underneath the sink for any signs of leaking. If everything remains dry, you're all finished.
Optional : You may extend the counter by adding about 12 inches larger than the dresser top in one side and throw in some kitchen stools for an instant snack counter as well.