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Building a kitchen island….

When we moved into our house, our kitchen was very dark with all of the oak cabinets and there was no kitchen island. Our kitchen is only  11 x 17 so we needed something narrow with a lot of storage.
I’ve had quite a few questions about our kitchen island, and I was able to dig up a few pictures on how we made it.
How to build a kitchen island with a high table and a base cabinet
    Originally we had bought a tall bar height table and used it with stools underneath( until the kids started climbing  and pulling them over.).
We had had an old bathroom cabinet in storage that after measuring we found fit perfectly underneath. Once I painted it, it made it look like one cohesive piece.
Paint a high table with a base cabient to make it look like  a cohesive cabinet
 It sat detached for a long time ( you can see at the top) and with our kitchen remodel; we added bun feet to bring up the height underneath.
Build an inexpensive island with a high table and abase cabinet
 It received a new coat of paint and a fresh look. One day I would like to put a marble top on it as well.
Build a kitchen island with a simple high table and a base cabinet


I’ve seen a lot of other great options for islands as well such as:
-old dressers and buffets
-industrial carts
-vintage shelving
-vintage file cabinets
Ikea  also has some great kitchen islands that aren’t too much, that are very similar to what we started with.
P.S. I found out this weekend that my kitchen redo is supposed to be in
September’s issue of County Living!
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  1. Congratulations on the CL thingy! It is so much fun to open a magazine and see your house on the pages! We you see it you can’t hardly believe your eyes!

  2. Congrats Jennifer… I get that one can’t wait.I have always wanted an island for my kitchen…someday I will come across one that will fit, or I will make one….I finally finished painting the cabinets.. what a job… I said NEVER AGAIN!!! but we all know better… have a good day


  3. That is so exciting! I love CL because they have such great ideas. I would be screaming my head off if I was you! Does the 11×17 include the eating area? I have been trying to come up with a different floor plan without losing cupboards. Ours is 9×17 with an eating area. No dining room either, so the eating area has to stay!

  4. Congratulations on the Country Living article..I love your kitchen island idea..I’ll bet ya are just so excited to see your kitchen in print..And what a great magazine to be featured in..Have a great week..

  5. you are just too darn clever girl. would have never known that was two pieces. i can’t wait to see the article. my famous friend. hehe.

  6. I think that island is pretty brilliant. I never would have thought it was a hodge podge. I love stuff like that…where you take what you’ve got and mix it up and it turns out looking as good or better than if you’d gone out and bought something.

  7. That’s so great – about Country Living! Will be looking for it! 🙂 I desperately want an island, and right now I have an old sideboard/dresser/I’m not sure that I painted from an antique store… When I redo my countertops I’m thinking of putting marble or granite onto the sideboard/dresser thing as well. BUT… what I want to do is see if there’s a way they can hinge on a second layer so that it could flip down and be an extended little ledge that I could site 2 stools under… hm!

  8. Thanks so much for posting this topic! I have been checking Craig’s List for a similar table…with no luck. I am hoping I can track one down at a yard sale this summer.

    Congratulations on Country Living! I’ll be checking my mag for your pictures.

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