When Brandyn and I bought our home (almost two years ago) everyone told us that our kitchen was perfect for a kitchen island and that we had to get one! I definitely agreed with them. The previous house we had been renting had an amazing island in the kitchen and we absolutely loved it’s utility functions so we knew we wanted one for extra storage and counter space! So, we started looking around and the prices we were seeing for ready-made islands were staggering. We knew that there was no way that we, as budget strapped new homeowners, could even think about spending $1,000+ for an island.
That dream got quickly shoved to the back burner and I pretty much gave up on completing my dream kitchen. I forgot about it for a while but slowly the urge to get that vital piece into our kitchen just became too strong to ignore. I have never been afraid of a do it yourself project. That’s one thing I will be forever grateful to my Dad for. He taught me how to figure out solutions to my household problems and how to use a pretty vast array of power tools. So I started googling some ideas for converting another piece of furniture into a kitchen island because I’m good at DIY stuff but not good enough to build furniture from scratch… YET.
I had a tight budget, I was only able to budget $200 for this project and I really wanted to stay under that price point. I originally wanted to find a dresser to refurbish but they were all really pricey and then I found an old solid wood desk at a thrift store that I was able to haggle down to $35! Once I bought the rest of the supplies and tools that I needed my grand total was about $150!!! Under budget and I couldn’t be happier with it!!!
FINAL COST: $157.34
I hope you enjoyed reading about my very first big DIY project! I know there will be many more to come because it gives me such a huge sense of accomplishment and pride to have made something for our home AND my budget is much happier when I make things myself!
Love always, Stacy xo
I wear many hats on daily basis but a few of my more notable titles include: wife, dog lover, coffee addict, budgeter, organizer, and a bookworm.