Kitchen Island Ideas: 30 Decorating and DIY Projects

I have some great kitchen island ideas for you today! And you have my friend  Laura Bray of Katydiddys to thank for it. On Facebook Saturday, I posted a photo of a cool DIY kitchen island I found at Apartment Therapy. (It’s number 3 on this post.) Laura commented that she is looking for a kitchen island and asked if I had any more ideas. Well, heck yes! I have plenty of fabulous kitchen island ideas!
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Kitchen Island Ideas

A little about these kitchen islands…

  • All the kitchen islands I’m sharing with you today are movable. They’re not permanently affixed to the floor. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they couldn’t be anchored down. I just wanted to show some ideas for islands that allowed you to bring them into your kitchen without major construction.
  • I’ve provided a variety of styles from modern to traditional, country to classic and a few in between.
  • These islands come from home decor stores, flea markets, salvage stores, and old furniture that’s been re-purposed.
  • There are also some really cool DIY projects. I’ve provided a link to the original source, so that you can follow it through to find out more about an island or read a tutorial on how it was made.

Repurposed Furniture, Doors and Salvaged Items

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1. An old dresser-  Little Green Notebook
2. An old door – You Are Who I Am
3. An old dresser –  Apartment Therapy
4. Found on a dumpster dive –  Pieces of the Past
5. A wine barrel –  MT Tails
6. Two dressers –  Remodeling Guy
7. Made from a pallet – Beyond the Picket Fence

Steel and Metal

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8. Better Homes and Gardens
9. Two metal file cabinets –  ReadyMade
10. Steel cabinet –  Country Living
11. Metal lockers –  Design Mom
12. Apartment Therapy
13. Homes

Cabinet Style

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14. Better Homes and Gardens
15. Funk Junk Sisters
16. Better Homes and Gardens
17. A plain island that got a makeover – From My Front Porch to Yours
18. Better Homes and Gardens
19. Welcome to Heardmont

Natural Wood

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20. Ana White
21. Country Living
22. A dining table – House and Home
23. Vintage Living Lisa Luby Ryan
24. Williams-Sonoma
25. Restoration Hardward
26. Made from a fallen oak and a hand-carved
cherry log painted white – House Beautiful

Open Shelving and More

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27. Better Homes and Gardens
28. The Little Things
29. Better Homes and Gardens
30. Livet Hemma

I hope you enjoyed these kitchen island ideas. Do you have a favorite?

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    OMGosh! Thanks for posting this. It’s exactly what I’m looking for. We are doing a free standing island, so you read my mind. We are in kitchen remodel hell right now, but once I get an island, I’ll be sure to share photos with you. Thanks for answering my Facebook question!

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      Peggy Pardo says

      You’re welcome, Laura! Glad these help. Can’t wait to see your remodel photos. Thanks for giving me the inspiration for this post! 🙂

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      Peggy Pardo says

      You’re welcome! And thank you; glad you like the post. By the way, love your faux Roman shade, too. 🙂