Our $559 Kitchen Island

Pam and I recently bought our first house. Yay! As you can imagine, living in L.A. means housing is very expensive, and we didn't have very much left in our budget to renovate the new house as much as we would have liked to.

One of the things we knew we wanted to concentrate on was creating as nice a kitchen as our dollars would let us. So that meant the usual suspects: IKEA cabinets, cheaper countertops (we wanted Ceaserstone), and less cabinetry. We also kept the stove that came with the home as we did not have the Benjamins to splurge on a new one. We also kept our old refrigerator. The only appliance we bought new was the dishwasher, also from IKEA. 

Although the kitchen itself is probably another blog post in and of itself, I don't want to focus on it for now. Instead, I'd like to show you how we took $500 and made ourselves a pretty cool island that we love.

Well, there you have it, our $559 kitchen island. Hopefully, it will inspire you to do something you're happy with, and not spend too much money doing it. I did sand it and seal it when it was all put together of course.

Here is a list of the items we bought (with prices, rounded to the nearest dollar) with links, if available:

  • (3) 2x4s (10'), Lowe's, $8.40 + tax  =  $9
  • (2) Countertops, IKEA Numerar   $390 + tax = $424.
  • (1) IKEA Malm dresser, $69.99 + tax = $76
  • (1) IKEA Base Cabinet, (AS IS), $9.99 + tax = $11
  • (2) Shelves and back of island, Lowe's, made from (1) 4'x8' sheet of 1/2" plywood, $15.97 + tax = $17
  • Plas-Tex Vinyl Sheet, Lowe's, $19.98 + tax = $22

Total: $559

As always. Stand by to stand by.