Another testament to the transformative power of paint: this dresser-turned-kitchen-island. With a fresh coat of paint, a few new accessories and a proper top, it makes a perfect budget-friendly kitchen island...
An old dresser was taken and all of its hardware was removed. An off-the-shelf wooden paper towel holder was attached on one side and the whole thing was given a new coat of blue paint. Add a stone top, new pulls, and some hardware for hanging towels and such, and you have yourself quite an attractive and functional kitchen island. There's a bonus on what we presume was an unfinished back side, too:
This one's not used as an island, but it is a dresser in the kitchen. Also check out the back-to-back dressers used as a kitchen island in the post Creative Kitchen Islands.
Images: Better Homes and Gardens via Studio M Designs