My Trash to My Treasure

You know that saying, “Someone’s trash is another’s treasure”? Well, this is my trash and hopefully my next treasure.

A few years ago, we picked up a small, 4 drawer chest of drawers at an auction that we went to on Monday nights. I initially was going to paint it and use it as a table in my entryway at our previous house in Oklahoma. But before that could happen, we were packing up and moving to Houston! And for some odd reason, once we arrived in Houston, the top two drawers had disappeared and cardboard adorned the top 1/3! I suppose this is the consequences of a company being in charge of your move, as some things are never quite the same when they come off the semi on move-in day. But hopefully, our moving days are over for awhile.

Anyhoo, I’ve been wanting an island in my kitchen and I believe this little chest of drawers will fit the bill. Now my kitchen isn’t super wide and the online kitchen “experts” state you should have at least 36 – 48 inches of walk space around your island. One website said that if you don’t have at least eight feet (96 inches) of walk space, “don’t even think about an island!”. My kitchen “walk space” is 6′ 9″ (81 inches) from one side to the other. So theoretically, my island can only be 9 inches wide with a 36″ walk space! Well…that’s not going to work! Therefore, I’m thinking if I put wheels on the island, I can just move it out of the way when I’m not using it! Problem solved! (and if you read this post,  you’ll remember that I did what the “experts” said not to! Which by the way is still holding up wonderfully.)

And for the top of the island, we have a piece of quartz left over from where they did the cutout for the cooktop when we had our countertops installed.

Enough yada yada yada, I’m sure you’re just dying to see this lovely chest of drawers which I want to miraculously transform into my new kitchen island!

Nothing to write home about, right?


And here is where I will draw my inspiration from. 🙂

kitchen island 2

via Refurbished Ideas

kitchen island 3

via Etsy

kitchen island 6

via Refurbished Ideas

 kitchen island 7

via The Virginia House

kitchen island

via DIY Network

So hopefully in the very near future, I will be using an island in my not-big-enough-for-an-island kitchen!

Y’all have a great day! Later gators!