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In the DIY Mood? Try These DIY Kitchen Island Ideas

by Taunee English 01/09/2022

Islands are a common feature in homes, but not all kitchens have them. Kitchen islands offer extra counter space for preparing food, eating meals and doing other tasks. Some islands also have cabinets or shelves for added storage. If your kitchen doesn’t have an island, you can build your own. Whether you’re interested in constructing a large island or a small and simple one, keep the following ideas in mind.

Rustic Kitchen Island

If your home has a rustic or farmhouse design, your kitchen island should match the rest of your interior. You can build a kitchen island out of wood and give it a barn door design. Use wood with a more natural look rather than wood with a polished look. To add more visual appeal to your kitchen island, consider using a slab of metal for the top. The combination of wood and metal creates a rustic look that adds charm to your kitchen.

Decorative Woodwork

Kitchen islands don’t need to have a simple, streamlined design. You can use decorative pieces of wood to give your kitchen island some creative flair. Make your kitchen island out of decorative molding, wood columns, barn wood and other interesting pieces of wood. You can mix and match these different pieces of wood, and paint them white or another color that complements the rest of your kitchen’s design.

Trash Storage Island

A kitchen island provides a great place to hide your trash can. When you build your kitchen island, include an area with a door that opens at the top. You can place your trash can inside this area, then open the door at the top to throw garbage in it. Having a kitchen island with trash storage frees up space in your kitchen while also keeping your trash can out of sight. This design can also come in handy when you use your kitchen island for chopping vegetables and doing other meal prep tasks.

Desk or Bookcase Island

When building a DIY kitchen island, you don’t have to start from scratch. Consider repurposing an old desk or bookcase that you don’t use anymore. You can paint or refinish an old desk and add a piece of wood on the top of it to make your island as long as you want. If you have an old bookcase, you can paint or refinish it, add a top and use the shelves for storage. For a more open design, you can remove the back of the bookcase before turning it into an island. This allows you to reach items from either side as needed.

About the Author
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Taunee English

TAUNEE is

2021 Inspirational Woman Leader of the Year!

Taunee English is a third-year award-winning Real Estate Broker. She is the new Branch Manager of Beverly Hills, Lions Realty Group of eXp Realty California Inc a ResiMercial Brokerage serving Greater Los Angeles, and the 2019 winner of the Los Angeles Real Estate Agency Award!

She is a U.S Navy Veteran, and she is as devoted to entrepreneurship and professional development as she is to our country. Taunee serves as 2021 Treasurer and Chair of Professional Development Committee at Greater Los Angeles REALTORS® Association. 

She also serves as a State Director and 2021 Chair of the Communications Advisory Committee at the California Association of REALTORS®.

Taunee English is a strong supporter of Women In Leadership and is one of the founding members and 2021 President of LA/Beverly Hills Women's Council of REALTORS®.

She is very committed to increasing more Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in the Real Estate industry and is the founding member and the 2021 Treasurer of the California Association of Black Real Estate Professionals.

And most of all she devoted daughter to her parents - a mother that she plays Twinsie with fashion photo shoots at least three times a year and a father who has the onset of Alzheimer which prompted Taunee to obtain her certificate in Fiduciary Management from UC Riverside and to further her work with families in establishing trusts and avoiding probate.

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2019 Beverly Hills/Los Angeles REALTOR of the YEAR!