Transform Your Kitchen Island

By Shafiya Nawzer | Published: 2:00 AM Jun 27 2020
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By Shafiya Nawzer

The kitchen is known as the heart of the home, and for good reason. It’s where families and guests naturally gather to relax, share stories, and most importantly, cook and eat together. The kitchen island is similar to a table; adding a few key features make the island special such as storage shelves, drawers or a solid top. Kitchen islands can be regret; if they’re placed and appointed well, they offer us invaluable workspace. If placed and outfitted poorly, we end up struggling around them to get to the important, useful parts of the kitchen, often bruising or hitting ourselves in the process. If you already have an island that you don’t love or are thinking about installing an island: Here are a few ideas that can help you.

Kitchen island with trash storage

Hide your trash with this DIY kitchen island complete with a built-in, pull-out trash can. For added convenience, the island can also features counter seating, wood slat shelves, and hooks for hanging kitchen towels and oven mitts.

Combine rustic with practical

Adding metal elements to classic wood pieces brings a touch of the modern to the vintage styling. The original cabinet can be retrofitted to add an aluminium top. 

Upcycled door

Thinking outside of the box when doing a DIY kitchen island this can lead to some really unique designs. Recycling an old door into a table top, the long, heavy surface is perfect for a family-sized tabletop. Also, door engravings or designs offer a nice look to the surface.

Adding colour

This kitchen island can be made from affordable stock cabinets, painted a trendy shade of navy blue, and topped with a quartz counter. Adding beadboard to the cupboard doors takes this island to the next level.

Customised kitchen island

You don’t have to start from scratch when creating the kitchen island of your dreams. If you already have an island, upgrade it with wine storage, a towel rod, and a bookcase at the end that can hold a microwave.

Transform an old desk into a new island

Following along the theme of re-purposing is this desk turned into a DIY kitchen island. With a few small alterations, including the addition of a bottom shelf, the study desk is instantly transformed into a kitchen centrepiece. When finding a new purpose for old furniture, your possibilities are practically endless. Experiment with different paint, textures and materials.

Repurposed bookcases kitchen island

Can you ever have too much kitchen storage? This super simple DIY project involves tipping two large bookshelves onto their sides, and adding legs and an old tabletop.

Pull-out drawers are super space savers

An important goal of DIY kitchen island creation is saving space. This is best achieved by adding several storage compartments to the structure. Pull-out drawers make it easier to access storage space. A smaller profile of pull-outs looks cleaner and doesn’t block passage ways in the kitchen like open cupboards.

Big kitchen islands

Kitchen islands aren’t only for decoration or food prep. They should also be able to handle quick meals. The island can use the hang-over as a tabletop for hungry family members. By making the base an open air affair you can reserve space for dishes and other items.


By Shafiya Nawzer | Published: 2:00 AM Jun 27 2020

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