The other day, I posted {THIS} picture on Facebook, which got me thinking about freestanding kitchen islands.  While not all kitchens are built with islands, some have the space to accommodate one and a freestanding island is the perfect solution!  It gives you move working surface and storage without requiring a remodel.  Win-win!  And you should think of it as a piece of furniture, meaning that it doesn’t have to match your existing kitchen cabinets in terms of color or style.  This means that you can update the look and feel of your kitchen by adding to it, as opposed to changing it.

{via Better Homes & Gardens}
{via Better Homes & Gardens}

 

There are so many options available for freestanding islands in terms of size, shape, and storage and just because your kitchen might now have one now, doesn’t mean you can’t add one, even if space is limited.  You can repurpose something else into an island, buy one ready-made, or even make one yourself!

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Repurposed

Just because something wasn’t intended for use as an island doesn’t mean you can’t use it as one!  A narrow table, an old dresser, or even a vintage sideboard can all work as a kitchen island so long as they are properly sealed.  One of my favorite freestanding islands is from designer Annie Brahler.  She added rear cabinets and a marble top to a vintage demilune cabinet to create a unique and charming center island to this gorgeous kitchen!

Annie Brahler Kitchen
{via House Beautiful}

 

{via Country Living}
{via Country Living}
{via Tumblr}
{via Tumblr}
{via HGTV.com}
{via HGTV.com}
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{via The DIY Show Off}

 

New

There are some great retail options if you’re looking for a kitchen island that is done and ready to put right into place.  Here’s a look at some of my favorites.

{via Williams Sonoma}
{via Williams Sonoma}
{via Williams Sonoma}
{via Crate and Barrel}
{via Crate and Barrel}
{via Restoration Hardware}
{via Restoration Hardware}

 

DIY

If you’re handy, making your own island is also an option.  Plus, this gives you the ability to make it to your exact specifications!

Jenna at Rain on a Tin Roof has a great option if your space is limited.  You can check out her full tutorial {HERE}.

{via Rain on a Tin Roof}
{via Rain on a Tin Roof}

 

Whitney from Shanty2Chic has an awesome tutorial for creating a Pottery Barn inspired island!  Find the details {HERE}.

{via Shanty2Chic}
{via Shanty2Chic}

 

If you don’t want to start completely from scratch, Courtney at Golden Boys & Me has a fantastic tutorial for an IKEA Billy bookcase hack.  Such a great idea!

{via Golden Boys and Me}
{via Golden Boys & Me}

 

 

 

So if you could use a little more storage in your kitchen, consider adding an island that fits your needs and reflects your style!

 

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