Donna Gaye

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The Best of My Houzz: 20 Creative Kitchen Islands

Nixing ready made for readily imaginative, these homeowners fashioned kitchen islands after their own hearts Full Story
     Comment   June 18, 2014
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I have been remodeling my kitchen, DIY and on the cheap. It's been fun but getting creative in a small space and also producing a professional looking result have been more challenging than I imagined. The cost of an installed island was more than the cost of my entire budget for the kitchen, so I spent a lot of time trying to come up with creative solutions that would actually provide the storage I needed and look nice. Fortunately, I lucked into a craigslist find - an Ikea freestanding island that has doubled my storage. I scored that for $200. If I could shorten it by about 6 inches it would fit better but for the money it was a great solution. I snapped it up as soon as I read the dimensions and description, having scoured ads for months looking for the thing that would work.

A lot of the DIY things I found online didn't seem to take into account the space; it seemed that people happened to have a dresser or find another piece that suited their space requirements that they could adapt. Finding the right thing to adapt to your space is something they don't talk about. It can take a lot of looking to find the thing that works. Also, the "hacks" seemed to lack truly functional storage and be mainly a work surface.

The only DIY option that seemed truly customizeable was to make your own concrete island top, which I felt was beyond my skill level and available working space.

Ikea hacks did seem to be best solution for low cost storage that was actually functional.

Here is the Pinterest board I made with DIY Kitchen Island inspirations:
June 16, 2014 at 7:20am     
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Sheila Beal
Made mine myself for $150.00!
June 17, 2014 at 6:57pm     
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Old buffet used as an island.
June 18, 2014 at 4:23am     
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Joseph Schneid
I restored a National Cash Register Company workbench that would make a great kitchen island. These are very heavy benches that were used worldwide in their shops.
June 18, 2014 at 4:48am     
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We went with reclaimed barn wood and I love our island! I thought I was going to paint it red, until I saw how great the natural wood went with our beams and tied the whole kitchen together. Islands are the perfect place to do something fun! I could do 100 kitchens and have a different island idea every time. I enjoy seeing how creative others are with what they come up with to use.
June 18, 2014 at 4:52am     
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