One of a Kind Repurposed Kitchen Islands

Repurposing unused furniture or objects into fabulously functional “one of a kind” pieces can be so unexpected and efficient, wouldn’t you say? Today, we take a look at how some very innovative DIYers realized the potential of their ordinary “stuff” and created these cool kitchen islands that are unique, utilitarian, and unquestionably uber-fantastic.


Dresser Island
Transform that dust-covered dresser from your garage into something totally custom-made for your kitchen.

Photo and repurposing idea: Small Place Style, how-to: DiggersList.








Card Catalog Island
Book lovers will totally appreciate this card catalog cabinet turned sideways and into a spice holder/dried goods drawer and butcher block island (clearly a flea market, salvage store, or DiggersList find!).








Shopping Cart Island
Out of commission shopping carts are flipped and fitted with butcher block, granite, and hanging stemware racks for an urban, artsy-hip kitchen vibe.

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Desk Island
Need extra counter and storage space, but on a tight budget?School your friends and family with how to graduate a simple desk to a smart and functional kitchen island.

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Tool Chest Island
From hand tools to cooking tools, this clever craftsman chest was practically built to be a portable kitchen island.

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Which one of these is your favorite kitchen island? Have your transformed any of your furniture for a kitchen island?

This is a guest post by Skaie Knox at DiggersList is a nation-wide online free home improvement classifieds that allows contractors, property owners, suppliers and DIY enthusiasts to buy, sell, trade or donate thousands of excess home improvement and construction materials.

4 thoughts on “One of a Kind Repurposed Kitchen Islands

  1. My favorite? May I have *two*? #1 comes closest to a serviceable island of size (depending on the size of the dresser, of course, but #5 is a delightfully creative idea and wins, imho, the ‘innovative’ award! The desk is terrific, of course, but the idea begs for a desk just like the one shown – and that’s not easy to find. The shopping cart is a bit too ‘modern’ for my kitchen and the card filing cabinet drawers are a bit small – I’d be hunting for things to put in it. Having said all that, they’re all great! I love seeing old ‘stuff’ transformed into something both truly useful and attractive and these definitely fit that bill.

  2. Hi – this is Marcia Moore from the Marcia Moore Design blog. Katherine, I’m so glad you like the Craftsman tool chest island. I was really surprised how much storage is available in it, and the tool chests come in various colors so it is a very versatile idea.
    I love every one of the islands shown above. It’s so interesting to see all the creative ideas people come up with!

    1. Hi Marcia – We’re glad you hear you liked our post and thank you for commenting! We enjoyed reading your design blog and you have some wonderful tips. Would you be interested in guest blogging for the ServiceMagic Connection? If yes, send an email to: kflock(at)servicemagic(dot)com


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