Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Ikea Kitchen Island Hack

Hello all!

I'm going to start sharing some DIY projects I completed along with the complete tutorials. First off, my Ikea Kitchen Stenstorp Island Hack.

So here's what I started with:


This is a great piece as is - roomy stainless steel lined shelves, solid oak top, and room to pull up two counter-height stools.

And here's how it Looked in my kitchen:




Nice, right? But there was one thing that really bugged me. Anyone walking by the kitchen (which you have to do to get to the rest of the house) could see all the junk I had crammed on the shelves. It actually does not look too bad in this picture. I took this before I really started to fill things up ... I also wanted it to look a little more permanent and custom. So I came up with a plan to hack it:



Not a big change, right? But I think it looks more finished and it hides all the stuff on the shelves. Here's the back view. You can see how much stuff it holds. I use it for my small appliances and dog food.





The hack itself was very simple. I used some of the beadboard That was left over from when we did the walls. I cut it to size and attached it to the existing frame with my nail gun and some liquid nails. To finish it off I added a small piece of molding along the bottom edge. Both the beadboard and the molding fit in between the legs so it looks like it was always meant to be there. Finally I caulked the edges and the nail holes. I also ended up staining the top to match the countertops - See tutorial here.



We use the island all the time. Besides storage, it provides extra prep space, a place to lay out a buffet, and it's my favorite spot to eat breakfast.







Here's the details on everything I used:
Island: Ikea Stenstorp ($ 399)
Counter stools: Ikea Ingolf ($ 59)
Beadboard, molding, liquid nails: Home Depot (under $ 20 total)
Placemats: Simple Pleasures, Charlestown RI ($ 5 each)
Fish plates: Johnson Bros. (Purchased on eBay)
White plates: Pottery Barn (at least 25 years old)
Candle holder: Target from a few years ago
Flatware: Yamazaki Gone Fishin '(available on Amazon and Bed, Bath, & Beyond)

Thanks for stopping by!



TDC Before and After

I'm sharing at Remodelaholic

4 comments:

  1. I like what you did with the island. I am buying the same island this weekend, and have been scouring pinterest, etc. looking for examples of closing off the sides. I don't want people looking at the shelves either! Looks great-

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  2. I like what you did with the island. I am buying the same island this weekend, and have been scouring pinterest, etc. looking for examples of closing off the sides. I don't want people looking at the shelves either! Looks great-

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  3. Oh, just had a thought, how did you match the paint color?

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    1. Hi RO, Thanks so much for your comments. To answer your question, I did not paint the beadboard. I used these panels from Home Depot: House of Fara White Vinyl Reversible Interior/Exterior Wainscot Panel. Because they're white, they matched without needing to be painted. However, if you're using panels that aren't white or you just want to match exactly, before you assemble the island, take one of the side pieces to the paint store. They should be able to match the color exactly. Hope that helps! Good luck with your project! Best, Lisa

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