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Kitchen Island Ikea Hack

This project is perfect if you have a small kitchen or just don't have enough counter or cupboard space. All you need are 2 Ikea LACK tables, some paint and a few basic tools and you can have a brand new kitchen island!

Start with 2 Ikea Lack tables. Use Liquid Nails on the bottom of each leg on one of the tables and put it on top of the other table. If you'd like more pictures & detail for any step of this process, visit: http://www.finditfixitorbuildit.com/kitchen-island-ikea-hack/

Paint the whole thing whatever color you want. I used Rustoleum Metallic Flat Soft Iron spray paint. Cut a few pieces of lumber to size and attach using a Kreg Jig to make the bottom shelf. You could also use 3 Ikea Lack tables and use the 3rd table top for the bottom shelf instead if you want to have an easier project.

You can paint the top the same color as the rest of the island, or use EZFauxDecor (like contact paper, but way more heavy duty) to make it look like you have a marble top. They also have other marble/granite designs as well as stainless steel. Water won't damage it. Visit http://www.finditfixitorbuildit.com/kitchen-island-ikea-hack/ for more project details & to see where to buy it.

Right now EZFaux Décor is giving away a 12-ft roll of this marble film! You can enter here: http://www.finditfixitorbuildit.com/ezfaux-decor-spring-giveaway-info/

Add whatever hardware you like (just for looks, there is no functional purpose). I used 4 L-shaped brackets. Load it up with anything you don't have room for in your cupboards or on your countertop! I originally had casters on the bottom, but one ended up ripping right off, so I took them off. It's actually the perfect counter height without the casters anyway:) For more detailed instructions, visit http://www.finditfixitorbuildit.com/kitchen-island-ikea-hack/

Suggested materials for this project:

  • 2 Lack Tables   (Ikea)
  • Hardware (L-shaped brackets)   (Lowe's)
  • Paint or Spray Paint   (Lowe's)
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To see more: http://www.finditfixitorbuildit.com/kitchen-island-ikea-hack/

Ask the creator about this project

  • What is a "Kreg" Jig?
    Barbara Barbara Howard Beach, NY · asked on Mar 26, 2017
    • A jig is a divice that helps you hold or steady the project and make sure the screws go in straight or you mark the nails the right way. I would guess that Kreg is either for putting corners or legs on or it is a brand name. Most of our jigs are home made to hold welding in position. Anything you are going to do multiple times can benefit from a jig. I volunteeered with the Texas Ramp project, where untrained volunteers who really didn't know each other well assemble platforms and put railings on very sturdy ramps for individuals who need wheel chair access to their homes. The organizer had giant jigs where we put the plywood and 2X4s in position on the jig, then screwed them together with the placement for screws marked on the jig. It went really fast, and we could make the three platforms required for a safe and sturdy ramp then assemble the whole thing in a single morning. Of course, someone had put in time to cut all the boards and 2x4 lumber to size before we started.
      Rhonda S Rhonda S  Andrews, TX · answered on Mar 26, 2017 ·
    • It's the blue thing in the 2nd picture. It comes with a drill attachment and allows you to drill perfect pocket holes. This makes it really easy to attach any pieces of wood that are perpendicular to each other. The easiest way to do this project would be to get 3 tables & use just the tabletop from the 3rd table (no legs) as the very bottom shelf. I'm in Alaska & we don't have Ikea here, so I used scrap wood.
      Sara Sara  Anchorage, AK · answered on Mar 26, 2017 ·
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  • What is a Lack Table??
    Denise Denise Carencro, LA · asked on Mar 26, 2017
    • that is the "series" name of furniture at ikea
      Suter Suter  Ruffs Dale, PA · answered on Mar 26, 2017 ·
    • Thanks!
      Denise Denise  Carencro, LA · answered on Mar 26, 2017 ·
    • They're the square tables from Ikea shown in the first pic. They come in black or white and are only $9.99!
      Sara Sara  Anchorage, AK · answered on Mar 26, 2017 ·
    • $7.99 in Miami!
      Betty Betty  Miami, FL · answered on Mar 26, 2017 ·
    • In Poland (Europe) there are yellow ones available, too. About $11 (lucky you!)
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    • Thanks! Yes, I was wishing I had more of these tables to make more projects. Sadly, there's no Ikea in Alaska!
      Sara Sara  Anchorage, AK · answered on Mar 25, 2017 ·
    • I've seen tables like this at Walmart and Target, so I might have to make a trip there tomorrow, since IKEA is 3 hours from here.......though a road trip does sound fun!
    • Ikea does do shipping to your home on some items.
      Bonnie Bonnie  Cornish, ME · answered on Mar 26, 2017 ·
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    • If you don't have casters it's actually pretty sturdy and can definitely hold some heavy things, but I just went to test out putting my KitchenAid on it and it's too tall to fit:(
      Sara Sara  Anchorage, AK · answered on Mar 25, 2017 ·
    • Well, that's certainly a disappointment because I really wanted to use it specifically for my KitchenAid mixer. I love that thing to death but it's just so heavy and hard to move around on the counter so I hoped putting it on a little cart with wheels in a small, out-of-the-way corner that I could just roll around to where I needed it would help with that problem. But that's okay; this is still a great idea for other uses in an otherwise-small kitchen all the same so thank you very much for sharing it with your fellow Hometalkers. We most certainly appreciate it! :-)
    • Coward1998, what if you left the mixer on top? I have a kitchenaid also and hate lugging it but if this became the mixer stand and you could store you bowls etc on the middle shelf. If casters make it too much steady put silicone furniture sliders under the legs so you can pull it out when you want to use it. I'm giving mine to my granddaughter who loves to bake. No more lugging and fewer calories in the house!
      Ann Ann  Hastings, MI · answered on Apr 16, 2017 ·
    • Cmward1998, just saw that auto correct changed your name, my apologies that I didn't see it sooner.
      Ann Ann  Hastings, MI · answered on Apr 16, 2017 ·
    • Great idea, Ann! We won't be moving for another month yet so I'll definitely keep your suggestion in mind once we're in there and I begin setting up my new kitchen area. There's a small space right next to the side of the refrigerator that would be just right for this cute little cart but given how heavy (not to mention expensive!) that mixer is, I really don't want to take a chance on anything happening to it. I'd much rather continue having difficulty scooting that thing around on the counter than have it be so top-heavy that it causes whatever it's sitting on to collapse. I'd rather lose what little counter space there is than lose that mixer because it took too darn long to talk my husband into buying it for me in the first place!

      P.S.: LOL to the fewer calories comment (!) and no worries about the typo. I've been a "victim" of autocorrect too and understand how frustrating it can be when it does that. What's important is that I was finally able to receive your suggestion all the same so thanks again!

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    • Looks like she used them to hold the bottom shelf up.
      Pharrbks Pharrbks  Rock Hill, SC · answered on Mar 25, 2017 ·
    • purely decorative - they are nothing
    • oops - they are holding nothing
    • The L brackets just gives it an extra little detail. Bottom section of the legs are glued down to the top of the bottom section using liquid nails and the brackets are just for looks.
    • The wheels are a great idea. Add them to the list of materials
    • Yes, the brackets are just for looks! Thanks for asking:)
      Sara Sara  Anchorage, AK · answered on Mar 25, 2017 ·
    • Yep, says right in the post " Add whatever hardware you like (just for looks, there is no functional purpose). I used 4 L-shaped brackets."
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  • Brenda  S.
    Brenda S. North Brunswick, NJ
    on Mar 22, 2017

    Great idea! Looks amazing :)

  • Heather
    Heather United Kingdom
    on Mar 25, 2017

    Looks really good. It is a great idea :)

  • Linda Weeks
    Linda Weeks Street, MD
    on Mar 25, 2017

    Necessity is the mother of invention! Clever project!

  • Lisa
    Lisa Myrtle Beach, SC
    on Mar 25, 2017

    Inventive and resourceful. Looks fantastic.

  • Mildred Owens
    Mildred Owens Albany, KY
    on Mar 25, 2017

    love this idea
    good job

  • Karen Anne Mahoney
    Karen Anne Mahoney Sierra Vista, AZ
    on Mar 25, 2017

    This is exactly what I need! Great great idea!

  • Cmackay1
    Cmackay1 Andover, MA
    on Mar 25, 2017

    This is so cool!!!

  • Ildi Gee
    Ildi Gee
    on Mar 25, 2017

    Great idea , I used a hot glue gun and glued the legs together.

  • Karen
    Karen Fall River, MA
    on Mar 25, 2017

    its awesome I love it

  • Dl.leplat
    Dl.leplat San Jose, CA
    on Mar 25, 2017

    Great idea, and not too big for my dinky kitchen

  • Liliana Wells
    Liliana Wells Jackson, GA
    on Mar 25, 2017

    Great idea. Now, if I only find floor space.

  • Sharon
    Sharon Palm Beach Gardens, FL
    on Mar 25, 2017

    very nice. Love the faux marble.

  • Amber Perry Shank
    Amber Perry Shank
    on Mar 25, 2017

    See more selections of EzFaux Décor products on ebay, Amazon or www.ezfauxdecor.com

  • Maurie
    Maurie Vail, CO
    on Mar 25, 2017


  • Naomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey
    Naomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey Castaic, CA
    on Mar 25, 2017

    Good thinking! So creative, love this idea. Many thanks! ☺

  • Littlemomma2005711
    on Mar 25, 2017

    Wonderful idea!! May just have to try this!

  • Lindi
    Lindi Australia
    on Mar 25, 2017

    this would be great in my craft room to store my crafting machines, thankyou for the idea..

  • WH
    on Mar 25, 2017

    why did you mess up an otherwise nice idea with those cheap "L" Clamps on the outside of the corners.

  • C Van Houten
    C Van Houten
    on Mar 25, 2017

    That looks awesome! I need to try that.

  • Mary
    Mary Manteca, CA
    on Mar 25, 2017

    Most likely I don't have enough counter space.

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