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Kitchen Island Ikea Hack

This island is great for a smaller kitchen or would be great placed at the end of an already-existing island. Start with 2 Ikea Lack Tables. They are $9.99 each at Ikea, but I’ve found them on Craigslist or at garage sales for $5 each. I got these 2 for free because someone left them outside and they had water damage.

2 IKEA LACK tables

For a long time we had them stacked in the garage and used them as a place to hold boots, so I didn’t worry about fixing them up. Because of the water damage, some of the sides were peeling away.

To fix this, use Liquid Nails to glue it down…

Then use tape to hold it in place while the glue dries…

 

I added casters to make it more versatile. This way it could be a BBQ cart or drink cart or a movable island. A few days after I completed the project I was rolling it and one of the casters just ripped right off. This may have been due to the water damage, but since the legs are basically made of smashed together wood chips it might not be the best idea to add casters.

 

 

STEP 1: GLUE TABLES TOGETHER

Use Liquid Nails in a zigzag shape on the bottom of each leg of one of the tables, then stack it on top of the other one. You’ll need to put some pressure on the tables, so it’s probably a good idea to turn them upside down to connect them.

 

STEP 2: PRIME AND PAINT

If you’re going to use paint, prime with a bonding/stainblocking primer first.

how to use primer on laminate furniture

I started out wanting the island to be blue, but really didn’t like how it looked.

I used Rustoleum Metallic Flat Iron spray paint. If you decide to spray paint, you don’t need to prime first.

how to spray paint furniture

STEP 3: ADD WOOD TO THE BOTTOM

If you have 3 Lack tables, you could use the top from the 3rd table as the bottom rack. I only had 2, so I used scrap wood I had in the garage.

It would take way too much spray paint to cover the bare wood, so I painted them all black first, then spray painted. It only takes 1 coat of spray paint this way.

 

First, I measured the distance between two legs and cut two pieces to go on opposite sides of the table legs (parallel to each other).

 

I checked for fit, then painted before drilling.

Use Kreg Jig to create pocket holes

 

Drill one pocket hole on each side

I was alone and didn’t have anyone to hold the wood in place, so I taped  each side down so it wouldn’t fall while I was screwing it in.  Do the same thing on the opposite side (parallel to this piece of wood).

Because I was using what I had, for the pieces perpendicular to the ones I just attached I used three 4″ pieces and two 2″ pieces. For the 4″ pieces I drilled 2 pocket holes in each side. Measure all of these pieces AFTER you attach the first two because if not you’ll probably end up making extra cuts later.

I alternated the 4″ and 2″ pieces of wood and spaced them out evenly. I have the Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System, but they have a Mini Kreg Jig Kit for only $19 if you’d like a less expensive option. This tool makes building anything from frames to kitchen tables a breeze! I seriously cannot say enough good things about Kreg.

 

STEP 4: ADD HARDWARE

If you want, add some hardware. I used L-shaped brackets from the hardware section of Lowe’s. Make sure you drill holes before you add the screws. To get the holes drilled in the right spot, I held up the bracket where I wanted it and drilled.

how to add decorative hardware to furniture

 

STEP 5: APPLY EZ FAUX DECOR TO THE TOP

Ez Faux Decor sent me some of their white marble product to try out. You apply it the same way you apply contact paper, but can’t really call it contact paper because it’s so much thicker and more durable. It’s somewhere in between contact paper and laminate. Other than the product sent, I am not being compensated by EZ Faux Decor for this review and all opinions expressed are my own.

If we weren’t renting, I would’ve 100% used it to cover all of the horrible 1970s laminate counters that are in the kitchen and bathrooms in this house. I was skeptical about whether or not it would hold up to all the use counters get in a kitchen, but found this video where a woman gives an update 3 years after installing the EZ Faux Decor in her kitchen and she seems really happy with it. I haven’t personally used it in a kitchen so can’t give opinions on that, but you can watch the video and see what you think.

They also sent me some stainless steel that can be used to make a fridge or dishwasher look like it’s stainless steel, but I haven’t started a project using it yet. Our fridge and dishwasher are already stainless steel or I would have definitely used it for that!

 

For the corners…

DIY. how to use ezfaux décor on furniture. white-gray marble film.
Make a cut at a 45-degree angle at the corner

 

Wrap one side around

 

Trim off excess with X-acto knife

 

Wrap the other side around and trim excess

 

Here’s what the corners look like – you’ll be able to see an angled line

 

EZfaux décor kitchen island ikea hack
I wrapped the corners so that 2 sides of the island didn’t have lines showing and 2 sides did

In the picture above, you can see that some of the paint peeled off when I was applying the EZ Faux Decor. You could protect the paint job with paper and painter’s tape to avoid this problem. I didn’t want to paint after applying the EZ Faux Decor because I didn’t want to get any paint on it.

In case some paint does come off, here’s how I solved that problem…

I taped the EZ Faux Decor, then held some cardboard up to block any rogue spray and spray painted over the parts that came off.

Thoughts on applying the EZ Faux Decor:

First of all, both the stainless steel and white marble are BEAUTIFUL and they actually look like stainless steel and marble! I was so impressed when they arrived. It really is a gorgeous product.

I applied it using only my hands instead of using a squeegee and because of this ended up with a few bubbles. I can only see them at certain angles so I’m fine with it, but for a kitchen counter I’d DEFINITELY use the squeegee that comes with it.

I love that you can reposition the paper as much as you want. I was doing this project alone (if you have 2 people it’s WAY easier) and had to reposition about half a dozen times and it was totally fine. It takes awhile to fully cure, which allows you to reposition but ends up sticking strongly long-term.

So how difficult is it to apply? Easier than contact paper, so if you’ve done a good job applying contact paper before, this is a bit easier than that because you can reposition much more easily than you can with contact paper.

The hardest part of the application is the corners. You have to spend time on them and be precise to get them to look good. Watching a video on how to do the corners first will help. Basically, if you can stay patient and do this the right way, it will end up looking awesome. If you rush it, it’s probably not going to look great when you look up close.

The marble is shiny and reflective just like real marble. I love it!

Would I purchase this product for my kitchen or bathroom? If I was at a point where I couldn’t afford granite for a few more years, I would purchase this in a heartbeat to cover laminate or outdated counters. Right now we’re renting, so it’s not an option for home improvement and I’m using it on furniture instead and have been SO happy with it!

kitchen island ikea hack using lack tables

 

UPDATE: I made a few other projects with the EZFauxDecor and one of them I have used as a desk and put my Mac computer on it. This one now has scratches because the computer is heavy with sharp edges on the base and it gets moved around a lot on the desktop. Looking straight on, you can’t see the scratches, but from a certain angle if light is shining on it you can see them. Just wanted to warn you of this possibility. So if you’re going to use it in your kitchen or this project, definitely use cutting boards and I wouldn’t store something like a Kitchen-Aid Mixer on it! This doesn’t change how much I love this product, but I now know to be more careful with it.

STEP 6: USE IT TO STORE KITCHEN ITEMS!

This little cart frees up SO MUCH space from our kitchen cupboards and counters, which is a big deal since the kitchen in our rental in teeny tiny.

DIY kitchen island. increase kitchen storage with this IKEA hack.

 

kitchen island ikea hack using 2 lack tables

 

And look how gorgeous the top turned out!

kitchen island ikea hack with 2 lack tables and ezfaux decor marble

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38 Comments

  1. Love this IKEA hack! I have 2 Lack tables right now (they are so useful!) Now I think they are even better after seeing what you can do with them. The faux marble looks really good, too. #HomeMattersParty

  2. The next rental we are planning to move has a small kitchen too. I already have one Ikea lack table, I have to find an another one to make something like this. Love how yours turned out.Great idea. #HomeMattersParty

  3. I love the marble look Sara! I saw some marble contact paper in target this morning and was SO CLOSE to buying it but couldn’t think of a project to use it on. Now I’ve seen yours, I’m itching to try it on a side table or something. Thanks for the inspiration! xx PS. I’m looking forward to seeing what you make with the stainless steel roll too.

    1. Thanks Kate! I have those in-store experiences all the time. Sometimes I buy something just hoping I’ll find a use for it, and other times I don’t get it and end up wishing I did, haha. If you end up doing a project like this, send me a link to your post…I’d love to see it!

  4. I love a good #IkeaHack this is great. I need to do something with my yard sale kitchen island, I need to use some of your ideas. #HomeMattersParty

  5. Looks great! Cool idea 😉 I’d be pleased if you visited my blog sometime and linked up your DIY’s to my new linky party, Support Your Fellow Crafter on Monday’s! Thank you so much!

  6. You could have fooled me, I thought it was marble! Great project and thanks for the step by step instructions and photos. Thanks also, Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend.

  7. This is an awesome makeover! I love that you added casters and that bottom shelf. Now I just need to figure out where to put one of these in my own house! Thanks for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

  8. She turned out gorgeous Sara. I’m really keen to find out more about the EZ Faux Decor. Do you think I could use it to cover old melamine kitchen cupboards?

  9. There is always that one room that doesn’t have enough storage. This would be perfect in any room! Thanks for sharing this at the #DIDI Link party Sara. Love it!

  10. Wonderful upcycle, one can always use additional storage… hmm I’m rethinking using adhesive paper on some projects, being that brand looks so easy to work with! Thanks for sharing your project at Friday’s Furniture Fix!

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