Bathroom kitchenisland

Published on July 30th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


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

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23 Responses to Islands aren’t just for kitchens!

  1. Andrew says:

    I’d love to know where you got the backsplash from!

  2. Brandy says:

    can you please tell me where the faucets came from? Can you see piping from below? Did you just have to very carefully drill/cut out holes for the sink piping and faucets?

  3. Brian Peete says:

    Great idea. very modern and functional.

  4. mummypig says:

    This is the first thing I’ve looked at on this site (new visitor!) and it’s an absolutely excellent idea. They are practical, look great, provide storage and are so easy to do. Well done!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Looks great! Just wondering how it’s holding up to the wet environment of a bathroom. Have you experienced any warping or splitting since a bathroom can get rather steamy.

  6. Nice idea garry and linda… it fits with the surrounding.

  7. wow, looks beautiful. Really lovely!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Good idea. Nice.

  9. Linda and Gary says:

    Thank you to everyone for your very nice comments. To anonymous on 7/30/11 – the sinks came from Home Depot, our home away from home. They were about $65 each in March. To anonymous on 8/1/11 – I was curious how the splashing would be as well, and we find that we do have to be more careful than before. There’s always a few drops of water around that we just wipe up when we’re done.

  10. Anonymous says:

    So fashionable! Love the sink stands and especially the tile behind. But I’ve always been curious – how do you wash your face without splashing water all over the place? I’d have to mop down the whole bathroom every time.

  11. Sing says:

    Great idea and they look very professional.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Great look. However, I have used polycrylic in the bathroom and would NOT recommend it to any one. Try a water based polyurethane. I don’t know why, but the polycrylic in my bath is peeling and letting h2o underneath the paint. I used polyurethane in another bath and it did not happen. I also used one of those type counters that Ikea makes, or used to make, for the bathroom that looks very similar to this one. We did not put anything on it and it has held up very well.

  13. That’s a great idea! I am sure most couples have a height difference, yet I have never seen one like this. Very good idea!

  14. Pacific NW Blogfan says:

    Great job.

  15. NewBoldRob says:

    Anybody that would build solid wood shelves over going Ikea wastes solid wood and doesn’t respect the cost and quality of the mass produced factory manufacturing phenomenon of the 21st century.

    What a waste of solid wood.

  16. madmax440 says:

    very bold country. The round mirrors take it way back….way back to a beautiful place.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Really really nice. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Looks great! Where did you get the sinks from?

  19. Inspire Me Heather says:

    I think it looks great! I like that it has the 2 levels too – very well done!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Wow! One of the best hacks I’ve seen on here!

  21. I agree.. It doesn’t look like Ikea ether..
    Very nice!

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