Before & After: DIY Custom Kitchen Island

Designing Domesticity

When Liz and her husband completed their kitchen renovation, they still couldn't agree on whether or not to add an island. Liza was a fan of the idea, but her husband was concerned about overwhelming their space. After months of debate, and recent entertaining experiences, Liz decided to take the bull by the horns.

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Once Liz started searching for an island with the proper measurements for her kitchen, she realized that such a specific size might require a custom solution. After deciding that her only option was likely a DIY solution, she and her visiting mom picked up a sofa table when shopping to serve as the base of her new island. The piece she found was the right width and length, but was a few inches shorter than she needed for a functional work space.

Liz came up with two creative ways to customize her table to best meet her needs: she added taller wooden legs and a thick butcher block countertop to add the necessary inches. The final result is a great compact solution that adds useful workspace without negatively impacting the look of the kitchen as a whole. As for Liz's husband, he is a big fan of the new arrangement, as is her young daughter who now has a whole new space to stash some toys!

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