Posted on: 13 April 2015
If you have a large kitchen and feel like the space is too open to be comfortable, you may want to consider using a kitchen cart as a center island. The cart will be on wheels so that you can move it out of the way when you want the space to be open, and it will have storage space so that you can store things in it as well. If you search for a kitchen cart but cannot find one that matches your unique style, consider making one of your own. The following guide walks you through the easy process of turning a small dresser into a stylish kitchen cart.
Find the Dresser
The first thing you need to do is find the dresser that you want to use for the project. The dresser needs to be close to waist height as possible. You will be adding wheels to the bottom of it, so an inch or two shorter than your waist should still be okay. You will be chopping things on it, so you do not want to have to lean uncomfortably over it because it is too short.
Paint the Dresser
Next, you want to paint the dresser really interesting colors. Use a fine sandpaper, such as 80-grit paper, to gently sand any rough areas of the dresser. Be sure that you use a primer before you paint to ensure that the paint sticks well to the dresser and has a smooth, finished look. Allow the primer to dry for a few hours before you apply the paint, and then let the paint dry for three or more hours before continuing.
Create the Tile Top
You want the surface to be useful for just about any use, and adding ceramic or porcelain tile to the top ensures you can place hot pans on it, cook on it, or just serve plates on the cart. The tiles are available in many different sizes, colors, and even designs from companies such as Atwood Floor and Tile. Apply grout to the top of the dresser with a trowel, making the layer as even as possible. Press tile onto the grout in any pattern or style you want. Apply another layer of grout over all of the tile so that the spaces between the tiles are filled. Wipe away the excess grout from the tops of the tile with a clean, damp cloth. Allow the grout to sit overnight.
Once the grout has dried, you can add wheels to the bottom by running a screw through the wheel and into the bottom of a leg. Add wheels to all four legs, and then replace the knobs on the dresser to make the cart look even more unique. Once the wheels and knobs are in place, you can store utensils and supplies in the drawers and start using the top rightShare