May 20, 2013

Kitchen Island {Ikea Hack}




DIY Ikea Hack Kitchen Island with beadboard and butcher block countertop with Billy bookshelves via www.goldenboysandme.com

**If you would like to know more details about this project, including a cost breakdown and materials used, please visit the follow up post. **

Last week, I shared how we DIY'd our mudroom using Ikea Hemnes shelving.  Today I am going to share yet another one of our projects that started with some Ikea products.  For this one, we took down the wall between our kitchen and living room to create one large space.  Once our family room addition was finished, no one was ever in the living room so it made sense to open it up to the kitchen.   We had to keep a support column so we decided to build a room divider type "island".  In order to remove the wall, we had to add a support beam.  Then we built a half wall to support the bookshelves.  We used Ikea Billy bookcases (3) to create storage on the kitchen side.  We topped it with a butcher block countertop (called Numerar), also from Ikea.



DIY Ikea Hack Kitchen Island with beadboard and butcher block countertop with Billy bookshelves via www.goldenboysandme.com

This section is where I keep most of my baking supplies and part of my collection of cookbooks.     And you can also see my BIG bottle of Nielsen Massey vanilla extract.  That's the good stuff.  No other vanilla compares.

DIY Ikea Hack Kitchen Island with beadboard and butcher block countertop with Billy bookshelves via www.goldenboysandme.com


The living room side has a couple of stools and beadboard to finish it off.  It seems one of my boys is always perched on these stools doing homework or surfing the internet while chatting with me in the kitchen.  We covered the support column with some trim.  It is great to have the outlets right there to charge laptops and iPads.

DIY Ikea Hack Kitchen Island with beadboard and butcher block countertop with Billy bookshelves and open floor plan kitchen via www.goldenboysandme.com

We purchased the corbels from Lowes unfinished and painted them.

Pottery Barn wooden boards hanging on hook on side of island, part of Ikea Hack Kitchen Island via www.goldenboysandme.com
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I hung this wire basket on the other side and it has been super convenient for holding paper plates and lunch bags for the kids.  I bought the basket at Homegoods and recently saw that they still had them in stock in the aisle with all the baskets.

Wire basket for storage on side of kitchen island with bread board, part of Ikea Hack Kitchen Island via www.goldenboysandme.com


Come to think of it, I haven't been to Ikea in months.  We love walking around there and brainstorming projects...and the meatballs aren't bad either!  Come see the rest of our kitchen here!

****If you'd like more details about the process we used to complete this project, check out this update post!!

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59 comments:

  1. Ahh I love a good IKEA hack and this one is GREAT! Man this would be awesome with two bookcases back to back for my craft room! Thanks so much for sharing, off to PIN!

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    1. Thanks Jacque!! It would be awesome in a craft room, so many possibilities!!

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  2. This looks ah-mazing! I'm dying to tear down the wall between our kitchen and dining room and now after seeing this...hmm. Lovely Pyrex, btw. :D

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    1. Thanks Vanessa. I love Vintage Pyrex :) You should tear down the wall...just go for it!!

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  3. Holy Cow! This is awesome. Looks easy enough for even me to give it a whirl :)

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    1. Thanks Heather. That's a compliment considering how many Ikea hacks there are out there!!

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  5. Absolutely amazing Courtney!!! LOVE IT!!!! pinning and sharing on FB now!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jocie...for commenting, pinning and sharing!!!

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  6. OK, this is absolutely gorgeous! LOVE it! The counter top is beautiful. If you get a chance, please share this on my linky party: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/05/sunday-link-party-8.html

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    1. Thanks for the comment and the invite, Rita! I linked up to your party. Thanks for hosting!

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    2. Thanks for linking up! I will be featuring this on my next party. Hope to see more from you on the next party.

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  7. This is such a great idea and so much fabulous storage. You've also made it so pretty to look at. Love this idea. I would love for you to link this up to my Inspire Me party that is ongoing. http://www.astrollthrulife.net/2013/05/165th-inspire-me-tuesday.html
    Hugs, Marty

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    1. Thanks for the invite, Marty! I linked up to your great party.

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  8. Courtney you're a genius!!! I so love this blog!!

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  9. That is crazy amazing! Best IKEA hack eva!!
    Great job, it looks so neat and organized too.
    Fondly-Lisa

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    1. Thanks Lisa. It's pretty easy to keep it neat and organized when everything has its place. My basement, on the other hand, is a MESS!!

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  10. I love this!! You are sooooo amazing at these hacks!!
    Krista

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    1. Thanks Krista!! I love finding a way to repurpose things.

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  11. Such a creative idea! It looks really great and so much storage!

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  12. Clever and gorgeous! What a fabulous hack! Love it!

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  13. Love it all, but the butcher block is the bomb! Gorgeous! And you must tell us where you got those great wire baskets!

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    1. Thanks Rhonda! The wire basket is from HomeGoods. I saw that they still had them at my local Homegoods recently.

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  14. This is amazing! How beautiful and nicely styled.

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  15. Boy, that moulding really makes all the difference! So beautiful. And yes, where are those baskets from?

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    1. Thanks Amy. I got the wire basket at Homegoods. Hope that helps!

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  16. Hi, this is pretty awesome, and I must check if this fits to the apartment Im moving on next. I think you just got new follower.

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  17. I am in love with this! You did an awesome job and it looks like it was custom carpentry! Gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks, Jenny. My husband will be so happy to hear his DIY work looks like custom work!

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  18. My first time visiting and I just love your home renovation ideas! I grew up in Upstate NY not far from the Adirondacks (beautiful area). This is a wonderful idea! I so wish I had a Ikea close to us (we're in KC now) but I'm hoping I can find what I need at Lowe's (I already have some old bookshelves in the basement). Pinning!

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    1. Thanks for visiting and commenting, Jacquie. I think you should be able to find what you need at Lowes. I just happened to use Ikea bookshelves. Good luck! And I think you are so lucky to have grown up in Upstate NY! We spend as much time there as we can and hope to move up that way when my husband retires.

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  19. This is SO smart! I always love a good Ikea hack! Thanks so much for coming out to The Inspiration Exchange! Pinned this!
    Jenn :)

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  20. Hi...love the project! I went to Ikea to look for the butcher block but could not find it. Is it called something else besides butcher block?

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    1. Hi! The countertop we used from Ikea is called Numerar. You can find it with the other kitchen countertops. Hope that helps!

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  21. This is fantastic! New to this whole world but really want to attempt this, might work up from a lack hack first though ;-)

    Beautiful work.

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  22. This is a brilliant idea and it looks great too!

    http://OhHayDesigns.blogspot.co.uk/

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  23. I love this room, right down to the rack that holds the paper plates & napkins.

    Michelle from NE PA

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  24. Hello and thank you for this!

    I hope you don't mind me asking for further detail but I want to make this and just was curious about:

    1) How did you secure the bookcase together (location of fasteners and what kind of screws did you need)

    2) How did you attach the butcherblock and location of those fasteners as well.

    3) same question on the beadboard. I assume you used glue and nails for that - correct?

    Thank you so much for any additional information!

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    1. Would love to know too!

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  25. Wow! This is super inspiring. We are about to move into a house with kitchen that has space for an island and I think I'm going to try to do something similar to yours. I'd love to hear more about how you fastened everything together just as Janet was asking.

    Thanks so much for sharing, it really looks great!

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  26. Love it! Can you post more detailed info. about the project-size of bookcases, how many, & how to attach everything together? Can't wait to make one.
    Thanks for the ideas!

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    1. I wrote an updated post with more info. a while back. There is a link in the post above, or here is the same link.
      http://www.goldenboysandme.com/2013/07/part-2-diy-billy-bookshelves-turned.html
      Hope that helps!

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  27. Hi!! I absolutely LOVE this idea!! I hope you don't mind if I share this on my blog? I'd just post a pic for an intro and have your link attached of course :)

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  28. Love this!! You guys are so creative.

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  29. How much did this project cost u approximately?

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  30. How much did this project cost u approximately?

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  31. Could you provide a quick step-by-step summary ?
    This is exactly what I need for a new apartment at the end of the month!

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    1. Please read the follow up post for more details.

      http://www.goldenboysandme.com/2013/07/part-2-diy-billy-bookshelves-turned.html

      Thanks!

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  32. Wow, what an excellent IKEA Billy Bookcase hack! I found your sweet island at The Cottage Market where Andrea featured it in her round-up. I'm definitely pinning this and now your newest follower :)
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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  33. Traditional Murphy couches didn't exactly fit into the space and they are lavish.Find Pins about murphy bunk ikea on Pinterest.

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