Good morning, sweet friends! Last weekend, I was lucky enough to meet up with some of the best blogger babes in Atlanta for a Blogger Brunch. We had so much fun meeting and trading ideas. It was definitely some much needed girl time that was also very productive! It’s always so fun and such a privilege to meet in person the ladies who have given you so much support without even truly knowing you. I tell you, this blogging world is absolutely incredible and so supportive. That’s why today, I am so excited to have my friend Cait from Cait’s Cozy Corner do a guest post on the blog! She has rounded up 8 of the best ideas I’ve ever seen for giving your old kitchen islands a fresh face! I know y’all are going to love what she has come up with!
8 Ways to Revamp Your Kitchen Island
Whenever I walk into someone’s home I’m immediately gravitated into their kitchen. To me, it’s the heart of the home. It’s where friends and family come to gather for holidays, birthday parties or just a late night snack. I have some fun and exciting DIY projects to revamp what I would consider the main gathering area in your kitchen; the island. The island is where you prep, store, gather and utilize the most so you want to make it fun, exciting and to pop out at your guests! Here are some fun ways you can revamp your little island!
- CHANGING TABLE– Just because the kids have outgrown the changing table doesn’t mean you have to. Upcycle it into a bright, fun kitchen island and nobody will know you pulled double duty on your baby gear! It’s a one of a kind for parents alike!
- OLD DOOR OR DESK– If you’ve got an old desk lying around, but don’t need it in an office, get ready to repurpose. Some of those Tetris skills might be required, but follow these guidelines—and add a gorgeous glass door to double as a display case—and you’ve got a fully functional island with tons of storage space.
- UPGRADE- This can be a bit pricy when it comes to wanting to add a little more glam to your counter tops. That’s why I always go with Hanwha Surfaces because they are based here in the Atlanta area. Quartz countertops is by far my favorite countertop surface because it is very durable and easy to maintain. No other surface has all of the benefits that quartz has. For example, it is twice as hard as granite, it’s non-porous and requires no sealing, it is heat, bacteria, stain, chip and scratch resistant and on top of that, you only need mild soap and water to clean them! They also offer a residential lifetime limited warranty, which is perfect for those renting out their homes. It is such a great perk!
- WINDOW SHUTTERS- Consider this the kitchen version of shutter island (sorry, had to). But seriously, grab some old window shutters, paint them if you want, and then hunt down a discarded drawer and barn wood. You’ll have a totally unique kitchen island, and the shutters make perfect storage for pictures, magazines, and special recipes
- BOOKSHELVES-If your countertop has quite a bit of overhang, consider using that to your advantage and turning the empty space underneath into extra storage. All you need are some IKEA Billy Bookcases and paint and–bam!—you’ve got plenty of room to try out the open-shelving trend.
- WINE BARRELS- Okay, you might not have one of these just lying around (unless you work on a vineyard), but come on: the extra work to track it down is worth it when you have the biggest conversation piece chillin’ in your kitchen.
- PALLET ISLAND- A friend of mine had so many leftover pallets from her wedding, she decided she’d make her kitchen island out of one! Oh my gosh it was incredible and so unique! It’s a great rustic piece that will make a statement when you walk into the kitchen. Plus, it only may cost you under $50 to create it yourself!
- WOOD- Similar to a pallet, wood can be a great way to revamp your kitchen island and might even be FREE if you have some around your house! Although free, it may cost you a bit of work to sand it down so you don’t start cutting your vegetables and somehow end up with a few splinters in the process when creating this masterpiece. The best part is you can even paint it any color you’d like- think a pop of red or a light dusting of beige!
However you envision your gorgeous island to be, you’ll make it happen! These are just some fun ideas I’ve seen and wanted to do in my own kitchen so I hope it helps to inspire you to do something fun for yours! Maybe you’ll find a way to revamp that old bookcase you never use or re-purpose that door that keeps creaking. Whatever your decision- you can create it and make it look like the piece was made for your kitchen!