Most of you won’t be surprised to hear this…but I’m about to begin a new project on our kitchen island. Many of you know I’ve had a thing with tweaking our kitchen islands over the years. I think it’s such a great way to add a custom touch to a kitchen.
Islands are such a centerpiece to a kitchen and I’ve found with most of my projects that it doesn’t take much to make them really shine. Forever ago I added beadboard to our old island and then painted it black.
In our new house I knew I wanted to repeat the wood counters and those have held up beautifully. We have a HUGE island which we LOVE. Love love love. It is pretty basic as far as the cabinets and design. Last year I added a small detail to the ends of the island to dress it up a bit:
Here’s another idea to extend the island underneath and add more open storage:
This island had an overhang at the end that didn’t leave much room for stools. I love using it for pretty open (or closed!) storage instead.
This was a great idea too — they added onto their island and now have a table in the kitchen:
I almost did something similar in our old kitchen years ago — I was very close to extending out the countertop so we could have seating off the island instead of in the bay window area. If you’re tight on space this is such a smart option!
If you have a sink or stovetop in your island and don’t want people to see the messes (or just want more eating area), this is a great way to do it:
They added on to their existing island and built a taller bar top. The added molding makes this look like a custom piece!
If you don’t have an island, there are many ways to create one with store-bought cabinets:
It would be fun to customize one to exactly the size you want and your needs!
You don’t always need cabinets to create an island where the wasn’t one. This table became a lovely island and can be rolled out of the way if needed:
I just love that pretty detail on the ends of the table! And the long towel bar is a perfect touch.
Jennifer found an old sewing table that ended up being a lovely kitchen island as well:
Isn’t that pretty? Because it’s a smaller size the counter wouldn’t be too horribly expensive.
And finally, don’t underestimate the power of paint and new hardware — they can completely transform an ho hum kitchen island!:
If you’re loving a dramatic color but are afraid to incorporate it on the walls or ALL of the cabinets, add it to your island. I think the island should be one of the show pieces of the kitchen and this is a great way to accomplish that!
Great transformations, yes? I love seeing what my fellow bloggers accomplish with some sweat equity. Have you added any custom details to dress up your kitchen island? I hope to update you soon on my own progress. 🙂