7 DIY Kitchen Islands to Really Maximize Your Space
Take that old dresser you recently replaced or one that you found at the flea market and transform it into a kitchen island. The dresser here was raised to be the same height as the countertops—recycled table legs were added to the existing legs. The whole piece was painted a bright turquoise and the existing hardware was removed, spray-painted, and reattached. The countertop was made from a large piece of wood painted white.
Photo and idea from Nesting Gypsy. See the how-to here.
This kitchen island packs plenty of storage and was created with three IKEA bookcases. They were connected with particleboard screws and secured to the floor with cleats. Bead board was used to make the whole piece look uniform, while a butcher block was added as the countertop. Then, trim was added to the bottom of the island and below the countertop for a finished look.
Photo and idea from Golden Boys and Me. See the how-to here.
An old desk becomes a stylish movable kitchen island with paint, castors, and formica marble. After sanding the desk, light blue paint was added to the desk and the old hardware was replaced with silver pulls. Wheels were added to the legs and formica marble was attached as the countertop.
Photo and idea from My Old Country House. See the how-to here.
An old Craftsman workbench gets a new life as a rustic-chic kitchen island. This particular project didn’t require a ton of assembly—the whole piece was spray-painted and new knobs were added to the drawers. The wooden countertop is original to the workbench—it was just sanded and stained.
Photo and idea from 11 Eureka. See the how-to here.
This one is perfect if you have a modern-style home or like industrial décor. The cart (which was found at a thrift store) was cleaned and sanded first. The butcher-block top was created from the top of an old table, but any large slab of wood works, too. And since it’s already on castors, it’s easy to move around and perfect for a tiny kitchen where some rearranging is needed from time to time.
Photo and idea from Blue Roof Cabin. See the how-to here.
Instead of repurposing an old piece to create an island, you can get an affordable, plain butcher block or kitchen cart and transform it with some interesting details. This piece was originally a plain wooden kitchen cart from IKEA. To save it from boredom, a cheerful, bright paint color was applied to the whole cart. The drawer fronts were decorated with a piece of a wine crate attached to the existing face and accented with a brass-hued drawer pull.
Photo and idea from The Hunted Interior. See the how-to here.