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DIY Kitchen Island cart



As we worked our way through the kitchen renovation we often wondered if we would indeed have room for an island. After a few weeks of trying out boxes and such in the center of the kitchen as place holders, we decided that functionally, an island was a great solution for storage and convenience. While the kitchen had a nice working triangle there were absolutely no useable drawers to store kitchen utensils and pot holders around the range cooktop.

Initially, we thought the top slot of the island would be taller, but as we worked through the design process of the island we let design trump function in this one area. The chunkier legs gave more substance and was chosen over a larger shelf along the top. Turns out this smaller shelf is still super handy for my pot holders and cork trivets, which were previously kept in the awkward corner cabinet.

And because we ended up with less open shelving in the kitchen remodel than I had initially planned, we opted to have an open end on the kitchen island cart for our daily dishes. We love just reaching down for our bowls and plates as we serve food.

For the top we used rough cut walnut wood. While it was extra work to rip the pieces down and a lot of extra sanding, I love that it is a unique approach to an island top and think turned out just gorgeous.

For complete details and a design plan for this project, please visit my website, http://paperdaisyme.blogspot.com/2014/10/diy-kittchen-island-cart.html

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  • Looks very nice
    By farmer10, on October 26, 2014

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DIY Kitchen Island cart

by paperdaisydesign
Oct 18, 2014

As we worked our way through the kitchen renovation we often wondered if we would indeed have room for an island. After a few weeks of trying out boxes and such in the center of the kitchen as place holders, we decided that functionally, an island was a great solution for storage and convenience. While the kitchen had a nice working triangle there were absolutely no useable drawers to store kitchen utensils and pot holders around the range cooktop. Initially, we thought the top slot of the island would be taller, but as we worked through the design process of the island we let design trump function in this one area. The chunkier legs gave more substance and was chosen over a larger shelf along the top. Turns out this smaller shelf is still super handy for my pot holders and cork trivets, which were previously kept in the awkward corner cabinet. And because we ended up with less open shelving in the kitchen remodel than I had initially planned, we opted to have an open end on the kitchen island cart for our daily dishes. We love just reaching down for our bowls and plates as we serve food. For the top we used rough cut walnut wood. While it was extra work to rip the pieces down and a lot of extra sanding, I love that it is a unique approach to an island top and think turned out just gorgeous. For complete details and a design plan for this project, please visit my website, http://paperdaisyme.blogspot.com/2014/10/diy-kittchen-island-cart.html