DIY Kitchen Island

We finished our kitchen remodel a little over a year ago, and for the most part we are thrilled with the results. Of course, as with every big project, there are a couple of little things we wished we had done differently, like with light switches and outlets, etc. But there's also one big thing that the Mister and I have been debating all along...
Is there or isn't there room for a kitchen island?


Him = no, me = yes. 
Every couple of months I like to place things in the middle of the kitchen to try and help us visualize what it would look like. The response was always the same...no. Not enough room. 
I can't tell you what changed, really, but sometime over the last month with all the entertaining and house guests we've had, I decided we had to have an island. This time there was no talking me out of it. 
I had my measurements, which were like 20" deep x 32-46" long, and the search was on.  Unfortunately, I quickly came to realize that finding something in my price range with these odd measurements was not going to be easy. Time to get creative. DIY, anyone?


Last week, when my parents were here, my Mom and I stumbled across the almost perfect piece at HomeGoods. Of course. It's a Broyhill sofa table in a beautiful shade of distressed cream. Actually, we really couldn't believe our luck. With some simple tweaks, we knew it could be perfect. 

First things first, at 30" tall, we needed to add some height to bring it to counter level. After a number of calls, we were directed to a great local lumber and hardware store called Craftwood in Highland Park. {If you live around here and haven't checked it out, please do. You will not be disappointed. Great service and selection of hard to find pieces.}


We immediately settled on these 6.5" tulip bun feet to replace the existing feet on the table. The previous feet were 3", making the new height of the table/island 33.5". 
Progress.
{We're still debating about the feet - do we paint or oil them to let the natural beauty of the wood shine through?}

Next, we were thrilled to find that Craftwood carried and had in stock, Boos Bros Butcher Block counters. Do you know how hard these things are to find? Amazing, here they were in our reach. And best yet, the helpful staff at Craftwood offered to custom cut the countertop for an extra charge of $.50 - Bargain. 



We used Liquid Nails adhesive to adhere the countertop to the top of the island. As recommended on the liquid nails site, we clamped the counters to the table and let it sit overnight. 
The new height is 35". 
Oh yeah, baby. So happy. 


In the span of on week, I got two of my wish list items...kitchen island and butcher block countertops. Pinch me. I still can't believe it. 

And for those of you curious, Mr. DD fell in love with the new island within a short 12 hours of having it in the kitchen. Not that he will admit that :)


Now, I'm not sure who is happier. Gotta love this gratuitous shot from my spaghetti sauce making afternoon. Me...


or Baby E, who now has a dedicated spot for one of her many toy baskets.

What about you, repurpose any furniture lately?





until next time, 
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37 comments:

crystal woolever said...

I LOVE it!!!

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Looks fabulous!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Liz I love it! It looks great in there!

Angela @ Number Fifty-Three said...

Such a fantastic idea to repurpose another piece of furniture! I love the end result and the butcher block is awesome! I found you over on BNOTP and I'm now your newest follower.

Have a great week!

Angela

Brenda Murphy said...

Hi, just found you...great blog! Love your project, very smart!

Cranberry Morning said...

Oh my goodness, I LOVE this - and the whole white kitchen look!♥

Erin~Just*Grand said...

This is the best idea! I have been designing kitchens for many years and I have never thought of using a sofa table as an island. There are so many kitchens calling for an island but there just isn't the space for a standard cabinetry island. This is perfect. Bravo!

the cape on the corner said...

the boyfriend and i have this argument allllll the time! he can tell when i'm thinking about it, as i stare or make arm gestures in the middle of the kitchen, lol. we would have to get rid of the table, but i'm ok with that, we can eat at the island, and in the dining room.

yay for you!!

Lisa said...

I never would have thought of using a sofa table in the kitchen but I love it. It looks fabulous in your kitchen. I redid my island (http://wvcountryroads.blogspot.com/2012/06/kitchen-island-redo.html) but I would love to remove it and put in a piece of furniture but it has my cooktop in it so that is an issue.

Terry Moore said...

It is beautiful but also genius for those who have just enough space for a skinny island! I would paint the new ball feet!

Anne Swoboda said...

LOVE! Girl, look at you go! This is one of your best projects/finds yet!

Pollyanna said...

I love it when you can see the potential for something you need in something else. This turned out very nicely, would never have guessed it didn't start life as an kitchen piece.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it looks perfect! it's just the right scale!

Peggy Bolyer said...

You did such a great job. I love the idea of butcher block on top. Thanks for sharing this. Great idea.

Peggy @ southscapedesigns.com

Ellora said...

This is a brilliant idea! I have a small kitchen and have wanted to replace our big table with a small island like this. Now I'm ready to go to Homegoods on a hunt for that perfect piece!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

WOW This is just fabulous! I never would have thought, it is perfect. I'll be featuring it next week.
XO
Kristin

Carli said...

This looks great!! How much did that sofa table cost, I am in need of this exact same thing!!! We recently removed the peninsula in our kitchen, now I have no counter space. Great inspiration thanks for sharing!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What a perfect island. So cool that you found it at HG and with some tweaking it became perfect.

Debra said...

It is perfect in every way!!!! :)

TheMoonAndMe said...

Gorgeous! What a great find and perfect for the space!
:)
Kelly

Chris said...

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Amber said...

This is gorgeous! Nice work!

Gloria Stultz said...

This is just what I've been looking for for my kitchen. Did you have to put anything on the "back" side of it to make it pretty all the way around?

Heather said...

Wow, aren't you clever! Other than the feet, I'd never guess it was a sofa table! If it were me, I'd paint those feet to match.

Randy Arton said...

Hi, very informative thanks for sharing.

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Mindo said...

What a great solution! I really like the addition of the taller bun feet and the butcher block top. Bookmarking for inspiration!

jacky croft said...

Its look great, thanks for shring kitchens design.
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cre8ivecharly said...

I have an island the previous owners installed with no thought and it's too wide with back to back kitchen cabinetry. If the flooring runs under the cabinetry, I may try this. You really think outside the box!

Kris @ Driven by Décor said...

This is awesome! I have a very small kitchen that we will (hopefully) be remodeling soon and I'm loving this idea for it!

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Movable Kitchen Islands said...

Where did you buy the tulip feet? Did you get them online or at some sort of big box store? Did you consider wheels at at all on your kitchen island to make it portable?

bgc bloger said...

funny but have the same table from Homegoods--in the natural wood---use it in my Foyer--under a mirror!

Joan Price said...

This kitchen looks so great! I love color schemes that give a sense of cleanlinss. I just added in Good Housekeeping shades to spruce up my kitchen. They're plain white, and I was wondering what color to pair with it. I was thinking red, but I might look at some blues first.

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Jason Knight said...

That is awesome! My Wife has been wanting a kitchen island for our home in Vancouver, but it was never very practical, but I think that she would love something like this, and it would be a lot easier to do.

preeti said...

wow. nice designs. keep up the good work
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