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One Room Challenge Week 3 | A Kitchen Makeover – IKEA Island Hack

This week we turn some IKEA cabinets into an island with a handmade butcher block for the countertop! This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting the brands that help support Mommyzoid.

Welcome to week 3 of the One Room Challenge! We are giving our builder basic kitchen a bit of a makeover. If you’re just jumping in now, catch up here:

Week 1 | The Plan

Week 2 | Painting the Kitchen Cabinets

Week 3 | IKEA Island Hack

Week 4 | Open Kitchen Shelving

This week we are tackling that dreaded wall that blocks all the morning sunshine from entering our kitchen. This wall is the bane of my existence and has been something I’ve wanted to take a sledgehammer to since we first moved in. It’s awkward, it makes no sense, and it sucks. END OF STORY.

The first step was making sure it wasn’t a load bearing wall, which it wasn’t. It was strictly a wall placed there to ruin my life. My husband went full on Chip Gaines on #DemoDay and had fun ripping it down, much to my dismay. Growing up my Dad flipped houses so I still get a little anxious when there’s a layer of drywall dust on anything/everything. I’m only half joking! 

Once the wall was down we went off to IKEA to pick up the cabinets we needed for our DIY island. We knew taking out this wall with the cabinet was going to mean we’d lose storage but also the kitchen would feel really big, which isn’t a terrible thing, but maybe a tad funny, like something was missing. And we were right! We needed something where that wall was. An island with a big ole butcher block was exactly what I envisioned.

Ikea sells all the cabinetry you need to configure your kitchen, so it made it really simple for us to find exactly what we needed. He went straight to the kitchen department and one of their staff was able to make sure we had all the pieces we’d need to make this into an island, including the kickboard, the sides, and the back. We went with the Sektion base cabinet with two drawers.

I had no part in the assembly of the IKEA furniture because I can’t follow instructions, but my husband did an awesome job! No swearing! and it only took maybe an hour? I was impressed.

Anchoring the cabinets to the floor is proving to be a bit of an issue, though. Below our tile floor is a slab of concrete with our in-floor heating. If you hit one of those pipes, bad stuff can happen. So instead of drilling into the tiles and into the concrete slab and potentially into a pipe filled with hot water, we opted to use construction adhesive. Once it was dried we thought it was going to be fine. BUT, the surface of the tiles is proving to be a bit challenging for the construction adhesive to stick to. My husband has since used a grinder to scratch up the surface of the tiles to help give the glue something to adhere to. I will let you know how that works.

Once we have the cabinets secured to the floor, then we can attach the kickboard and we will be one step closer to completion. We are so happy with how to space is turning out so far. PLUS GUESS WHAT JUST ARRIVED.

The drawer pulls that dreams are bad of!!!!!! Can you believe these? and you’ll never guess where they are from. and how cheap they were! To replace all the knobs and drawer pulls, it was only $100. That works out to about $2 per knob or pull. That’s soooooo cheap! I was thinking it was going to be at least $10-15 per knob, so I was just going to spray ours with a matte black spray paint until I could save up for nice new ones. I’m impressed with the quality of them, too. I know if I paid $10 – $15 each I would be equally as impressed.

Next week on the to-do list it’s the open shelving. eeeeeek! If you’re like me and you’ve been lusting after opening shelving on Instagram and Pinterest for the last few years, you won’t want to miss this.

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

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  • Kristin Bryant Thompson

    An ORC kitchen makeover AND an Ikea hack…it’s what dreams are made of! Love those gold pulls you chose…good luck for the rest of ORC! Kristin @ Postbox Designs

  • oh I love those brass hardware … I have used a different version in my kitchen reno and they instantly elevated the look of the kitchen. Great choice! Looking forward to seeing the open shelves!

  • The drawer pulls are lovely. Kudos to you both for your creative solutions! Problem solving is often half the battle. 🙂