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9 Catchy Kitchen Islands You Can Make Yourself

DIY kitchen islands

The kitchen is the center of the home. Family and friends congregate by the fresh food and gather around the table. Which is why a kitchen island is the perfect addition to your home.

No worries about a large budget or giant shipment – these are the best DIY kitchen islands for your house!

1. Convertible Kitchen Island

Only have space for either a kitchen table or an island? Then this DIY design is perfect for you: an island that expands to a table.

The simple design could be perfect!

2. IKEA Island with a Marble Top

Sticking to a budget? Snatch an Ikea island cart, paint color of your choice, add a fancy top of marble (or butcher block), add high end hardware, and ta-da: you have a lovely island.

SEE ALSO: Kitchen Water Faucet

3. IKEA Cube Kitchen Island

Instead of a traditional island, maybe you prefer a more modern cube style. Pick up this Ikea storage unit and spice up the top.

Easy, simple, and budget-friendly.

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ikea hack cube kitchen island

4. Large Industrial Island

If you’re lucky enough to have a giant kitchen that needs a filler, consider this DIY island. It’s long and wide, sturdy and full of storage areas.

Industrial or rustic, this is a great option for you.

5. Dresser Turned Kitchen Island

Spring is the perfect season for yard sales. Hop in your car and scout out a vintage dresser to convert into your kitchen island.

Expand the counter space by adding brackets on the back to fit bar stools. Storage and functional for your kitchen!

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kitchen island from a dresser

6. Outdoor Kitchen Island

Who said islands only have to be inside? Expand your deck and outdoor kitchen to include a rolling island.

It operates as a bar cart, cutting board, appetizer tray, and outdoor kitchen counter. Bring the inside out!

7. Rustic Rolling Cart

Wheels provide ultimate function. Wheel out when you don’t need it, wheel in when it’s required, and move around when your kitchen gets filled with friends and family. Plus, the rustic style is irresistible!

8. Salvaged Marble Kitchen Island

Pick up some pallet wood or some spare from your garage. Design and build a simple, supportive structure.

Now add a solid, artistic top, like granite, marble, or butcher block. You can save money on the wood and splurge on the fancy top!

9. Salvaged Wooden Kitchen Island

On a tight budget? This is the essential DIY kitchen island for you. Completely salvaged wood, moulding, and columns.

Who knew that a collage of random pieces could come together into such a beautiful piece!

Warm up your kitchen with friends, family, food, and do it all around a kitchen island. Wood, marble, granite; small or large; functional or storage savvy.

Get ready for a DIY weekend project for a new kitchen island!

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Friday 9th of November 2018

Great round up of the kitchen island hacks!! I especially love the one that uses the dresser!

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Tuesday 4th of December 2018

Thanks, Laura!


Sunday 7th of May 2017

I bought a long table with fold down sides. When I need a wider working area I put up a side or both. Then put them down so table is skinny again. I have no counterspace so this works great. Got it at Habitat for Humanity for $20. Put wheels on the legs and works just as well as a real island.

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