Is your kitchen space feeling a little stale? Freshen it up with one of these 27 DIY kitchen island ideas to update your current kitchen island, build a new one, or make an upcycled kitchen island.
DIY Kitchen Islands Ideas
Whether you need a little extra storage space or you’re trying to bring your kitchen into the 21st century, there are so many DIY kitchen island options out there! In this post, we’re breaking down the best DIY kitchen island ideas to help you find the perfect addition to match your style.
- Does your current island need a little refreshing? See our tips for adding moldings or update just the counter. This can make a huge difference!
- Looking for a unique island with a vintage flair? Don’t miss these islands made out of upcycled furniture!
- Need a new island? Either make your own or update some stock cabinets from the hardware store!
Add Moldings or Trim to Existing Islands
Adding molding or trim is an inexpensive DIY kitchen island idea. (It will work wonders to transform blank walls, too!)
Loaded with farmhouse charm, this is a great DIY project for someone in love with that Fixer Upper style.
Maybe your island just needs a little trim and a change of color! This simple update turns base cabinets into something extra special. (Kendra also got rid of the breakfast bar that wasn’t useful for her family, if you want to see that!)
This large kitchen island with sink was already pretty great. But this DIY is perfect proof that a little plywood, screws, a fresh coat of paint, and some creativity can transform any island into something luxurious. The extended sides visually support the counter overhang so beautifully!
Updated Countertops that Refresh a Room
Sometimes a serviceable island needs a new countertop to refresh the kitchen. Try these ideas or read more in 15 Top Cheap Kitchen Countertops Ideas.
This tutorial is a reminder that it’s okay for your style to change over time! This island made from cabinetry was repainted and got some fresh hardware & the perfect quartz countertop. Love that there’s room for a microwave and lots of storage!
We love that these folks turned the old stud boards from their reno into this gorgeous, rustic counter. Substitute any salvaged wood you can find for your own island. You can also build your own faux reclaimed wood countertops using new lumber.
Upcycled Furniture as a Kitchen Island
A couple of basic bookshelves from IKEA added so much storage and look great in this creative DIY kitchen island idea. Store bins, appliances, kitchen essentials, pots and pans, and cookbooks easily in an old bookshelf – just secure it to the floor and add a countertop
This is such a great way to maximize your storage space and repurpose an old piece of furniture!
Converting an old dresser into a functional kitchen island is an ideal way to get a unique look, especially on a budget. Use legs to extend the countertop beyond the original dresser top size.
Pre-built Kitchen Cabinets Made into a Customized Kitchen Island
This is one of our favorite kitchen updates for a reason! Start with your existing cabinets, add some stock cabinets or custom pieces if necessary, choose a matching counter, and adjust to your preferences.
Building a DIY Kitchen Island from Scratch
How do you make a homemade island?
There are so many options to get the perfect island for your kitchen even on a budget. The best place to start is by updating what you already have. You can add trim, plywood, planks, corbels, or other details to give your current island a totally updated look.
If you don’t have an island, the easiest option is to find an existing piece of furniture you can update. Try repurposing an old piece of furniture using some of the ideas in this post.
Finally, you can either build a kitchen island from scratch using some of the DIY plans from above or purchase premade cabinet bases. Secure them to the ground, paint or stain them to your liking, and add a nice countertop.
All of these options will give you more storage space, room to prep meals, and a place to gather around.
What can I repurpose to make a kitchen island?
One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to make your own custom kitchen island is to update a piece of vintage furniture. Get creative! With a little paint and a new or salvaged counter, you can make almost anything into a kitchen island!
- Vintage dressers
- Old sideboards or buffet tables
- Antique washbasins
- Old bookcases
- Vintage desks
- Old tables
- An old butcher’s block
- Fling cabinets
- Old pallet wood
- Salvaged floorboards
Get inspired to transform your kitchen
If you’re still trying to nail down your style or need a little more inspiration, visit these posts.
- Cottage Style Kitchen Update from Home Depot
- Mint and Copper Kitchen Inspiration
- Two-Tone Modern Farmhouse Kitchen
- Farmhouse Kitchen Inspiration
The heart of most modern kitchens is the kitchen island. We hope you found everything you needed to design the kitchen of your dreams with these DIY kitchen islands ideas! Be sure to share your before and after shots with us.
Lorene has been behind the scenes here at Remodelaholic for more than a decade! She believes that planning projects and actually completing them are two different hobbies, but that doesn't stop her from planning at least a dozen projects at any given time. She spends her free time creating memories with her husband and 5 kids, traveling as far as she can afford, and partaking of books in any form available.