Published on July 30th, 2011 | by Jules IKEAHacker23
Islands aren’t just for kitchens!
Materials: Ikea Groland Kitchen Island
Description: We are experienced do-it-yourselfers, and in a down-to-the studs bath remodel, we searched all over for unique vanities until we saw the Groland Islands at Ikea in Frisco, TX. We had a less than 8′ wall to use and purchased two islands. We left one island full size and, to fit the wall, on the second island we carefully measured and cut about a foot off the length of the butcher-block top as well as all the supporting pieces of the two long sides. We also cut four inches off the four legs because I’m way shorter than my husband.
We had to VERY carefully measure and re-drill all the holes for bolts, etc. on the new, cut, ends of the support pieces. We also had to cut an even amount from either end of the lattice shelf that sits below. The legs had to be routered off at the bottom so the little aluminum cuffs would slide on. We took our time and it worked out well. To seal the vanities, we added five coats of Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish from Home Depot. We cut drain and faucet holes in the tops according to diagrams included with the sinks and we added big baskets underneath to hold our stuff.
~ Gary and Linda, Rowlett, Texas