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Published on December 10th, 2007 | by Jules Yap


make your own kitchen island with breakfast counter

ah … a cooking person’s dream – a kitchen island with a breakfast bar! here’s one from brian of caramelcook, made from the varde oven unit and countertops.

brian writes, “i wanted a bar overhang, so i bought two of the 69″ lengths of the counter, cut them down a bit, joined them, and voila, a bar overhang on the back (with franklin chairs, the taller of the two models, which fit perfectly.)
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also, i deliberately chose the oven unit so that i could put sliding trash and recycling bins in that space (plus it has the steel shelving which looks cooler than the particle board the other varde units have.)

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view more of brian’s kitchen island on flickr. also see brian’s other hack, an ikea wall mirror from mirror tiles.


the good folks at Unplggd (formerly know as ApartmentTherapyHomeTech) wanted a peek into my home work area for their column “behind the blog”. go here if you want to see from whence i blog.

much thanks, kelly.

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4 Responses to make your own kitchen island with breakfast counter

  1. TJMannion says:

    Hello, Anonymous, form Jan 29, 2009 at 8:11 PM…I’m curious how you made out with the oven unit/sink combo: I’m in the midst of doig exactly that with the Domsjo ceramic drop-in sink. I hadn’t worried about supporting the sink from below, I was expecting the ‘lip’ to support the sink on the butcher block top (Numerar, oak). Anyone have any thoughts on the necessity of additional supports?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi,since you have worked with this varde unit, could you give me a piece of advice. I would like to use this oven unit and instead of putting a hob onto the worktop I want to put in one of Ikea’s ceramic sinks. I know that I will need to support from underneath to carry the weight, but I’m not sure what with, or even how. I hope you might give me some ideas as you have made a great job of your new island and look very experienced.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Wow, IKEA Hackers stay up late to take photos.

  4. Tony Chang says:

    I like the idea, but it definitely would look better with a pair of doors covering the two bins. I guess the spring-loaded acrylic panel is to keep odor from leaking out of the trash bin?

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