Hubby's Father's Day gift from me

Yay!!!!  I have paint and stain under my nails.  For those of you who don't do messy diy's that may sound horrible to you.  For those of you who do, then you know the joy that it really is to be getting the creative juices flowing and getting your nails all stained.  It means you are finally doing what you love.
The therapy I get when I am working on a piece of furniture is priceless.  It really puts me at peace.  I have had this dresser for 3 years ya'll.

 Seriously, 3 years it has been sitting in my mom's garage waiting for inspiration.  Not really inspiration because I knew as soon as I saw it, that this should be a island of some sort.  I just wasn't sure of where or who it should go to.  So it sat and waited for me.

A couple of months back I gave up "control" of the back porch.   Yep, I gave it to hubby.  I gave up the "cozy" sitting area and told him he could have it.  He has been accumulating the things that he needs to be an amazing BBQ king.  He had the grill, I got him a smoker for Christmas 2 years ago and for his birthday this year, we got a very large outdoor griddle.  He makes the best flat iron steaks and don't even get me started on the french toast.  Because of this, he really did need some sort of area for prep and to handle all the food that he is cranking out.

We had ourselves a showdown when he tried moving this table I built, to the porch area to use as a work space.
 Ummmm no, I don't think so.  Did he not see how I had it perfectly fit under the chandelier that I made with the cool solar lights.  (oops... I don't think I posted about that)  See exhibit A ....

(wow I need to clean that table)
 Well needless to say, the table went back to where it was originally intended.  However, I knew then at that very moment my little island wanna-be dresser would soon be reincarnated.  I had to wait until he was out of town on a business trip before I could make it happen.  See, he kind of is weird about me bringing more "stuff" into the household.... something about clutter and space and .... who knows what.  My eyes kind of glaze over when he starts talking about it.  But I knew that this.... this would be something he would love and could really use.

This was rescued from an old garage.  It had been used to put tools in but the mice had used it as a hotel of sorts.  Yeah, it was very very nasty.  I used an entire bottle of bleach on it, scraped the dead bugs out of it and also sealed it before painting it.  I wanted to make certain that all it's nastiness was gone before it was ever to evolve into an island.  I worked on this for a total of 10 hours but I think that it was worth saving. I used homemade chalk paint to paint it and then I sealed it with a stain over the paint.   I had to remove some of the veneer in several places including the top, after all the bleach and water and scrubbing it just had to go.
I found the signs at Hobby Lobby half off and added wheels to the bottom.  I painted the paper-towel holder and added it to the side as well as the basket for holding spices.
 I had another piece of veneer cut at Home depot to cover the back of the dresser.
Hubby was pleasantly surprised and is looking forward to doing some grilling!  I think I earned the best wife award for this one.
 What do you think?
 Don't ya think she was worth saving?

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