So just to be clear, I am not a kitchen designer. In other words, if you need a new footprint, or you need someone to design your cabinetry, where your spices and cookie sheets will be stored, well I am not that person.
In the literally thousands of homes I have been in, I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly and to save you from the latter, here are some thoughts on your island and what you should NOT do, so here goes:
1. If your island is not designed to look like a piece of furniture similar to the one in the photo above, then DON’T paint it a different colour. You will simply draw attention to the fact that it’s totally dated.
Personally, I’m a purist. My dream kitchen would have white counters, a white island. I’m just a white girl by heart.
2. If you are happy with the footprint (layout) of your kitchen, paint the whole thing white instead of ripping it out. And sometimes just taking out a dated, too small island and getting that piece re-designed can make a huge difference to the look and feel of your kitchen.
Spend the rest on decorating your house instead.
3. Have a dated smallish island and want to DO SOMETHING to it? This is the most brilliant idea I have seen in a long time. . .
See this island? Do NOT paint it to stand out unless you do this to it:
So look! Tiny, dinky island, turn it around, extend it with a butcher block top, some new legs and Ta, Ta Da Da! So brilliant.
After (via The Nesting Game)
There are so many sad little kitchen islands in the world, I was so excited when I saw this idea!
Even this small island looks so much better than just the flat panels with some legs attached to each side and a new countertop.
If your island is bad or you don’t have one, IKEA has some you could insert in your kitchen for a happy price! Here’s the one we put in my mom’s kitchen:
She was on a budget so she has an IKEA kitchen but we put in this island and coordinated her countertop with it as well as added an extension for counter stools on the other side so it has this kind of look.
This kitchen re-do by Lauren at Pure Style Home is just a black table from IKEA (to tie in with her kitchen countertop) with stainless legs attached! So really, if your island is ugly and you don’t need the storage–take it out!! This is such a good idea to improve the look of your kitchen for such a bargain!
Have a wonderful week! xo Maria
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