Ready-Made Island, Hacked
This basic, ready-to-assemble IKEA island features a butcher-block slab, which the homeowner stained to match his walnut cabints. Outfitting the island with casters raises its height to accomodate tall cooks, and pegboard affixed to the front of the island elevates storage for utensils, baskets, and nonrefrigerated items.
Wood Pallet Island
To create this DIY island, wooden pallets were painted navy to match the kitchen cabinetry. Green stools were added to highlight the room's fun, grassy accents. The island's look is completed with a butcher-block top that parallels the wood flooring.
Easy Being Green
A combination of secondhand items comes together to create this storage-happy kitchen island. Narrow wall cabinets were fashioned back-to-back on each end and connected by fiberboard in the middle. Old drawers were painted green to match the cabinetry and the vintage-style cases and salvage bins were left silver to keep original character.
Storage-Savvy Island from Sofa Tables
Yes, you read that right. This island combines two sofa tables with a countertop and casters for maximum storage that can be wheeled about the kitchen. The casters and countertop bring the repurposed 30-inch tables to a comfortable 36-inch high work space.
Island from Scratch
This DIY plywood island was assembled from scratch. The hardware and drawer facings were selected new to match the rest of the kitchen, while the butcher-block top was repurposed from an older countertop. Be sure to cut each piece as you go, rather than right away. This will help keep angles square and snug.
DIY Dresser Island
Originally a dresser, this kitchen island was painted and outfitted with new drawer pulls -- fashioned with braided leather strips and attached with bolts and washers -- for a fabulous, functional second life. The bottom drawer was removed to accommodate open storage for baskets filled with kitchen linens. Added casters allow for easy mobility and standard counter height.