Published on July 28th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


White concrete wrapped Ikea kitchen island

Materials: Faktum Cabinets, Rational drawers Besta Push Openers

Description: Used standard Faktum Cabinets with a custom re-enforced ground frame to hold the weight of concrete benchtop. Used Besta push openers to act as drawer openers so I can maintain a flush appearance on the front of the kitchen island.

~ Aaron, Melbourne

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15 Responses to White concrete wrapped Ikea kitchen island

  1. Anonymous says:

    You are a hands on design genius …
    tell and show more of your (kitchen) work !

  2. Eoin says:

    This is completely awesome!

  3. Nadia says:

    Stunning!!! I love what you did and I always thought it would be great to use the Besta push openers for Rational drawers but didn’t know if it would work…! Now I know it works! And congratulations because this island in the kitchen is stunning! So thank you for this beautiful hack!!!

  4. Eileen says:

    Holy crap, I’m even more impressed after reading your tutorial. I wouldn’t attempt this in a million years. Well done, Aaron.

  5. Aaron Barnes says:

    Hey Guys,

    I have now finished the tutorial for the kitchen island, Enjoy and good luck!

    You will see the answers to the re-inforcement issues here. The clearaance distance for the overhang is 200mm but i would actually do 300mm if you could spare more space.


  6. Anonymous says:

    I’m about to pour my first concrete counter slabs this weekend, to put on top of *my*IKEA counters–what additional reinforcement did you feel was necessary? Seems to me that the weak point is the feet… but I’d be interested to hear what you did to increase their strength. Looking forward to more pictures!

  7. Anonymous says:

    good job, the smoothest i ever seen

    super super cool

  8. Anonymous says:

    This one of the best islands I have seen. I really like it. I am curious about the clearance distance at the sides & how comfortable you find them. Just looking at your pics I am now thinking I might be able to fit in a decent island after all. Well done you ….

  9. Aaron Barnes says:

    Hey Guys, Thanks for the positive comments, i have made a tutorial and will post the link in the next day on this post.

    Thanks Aaron

  10. Anonymous says:

    Yes please! Tutorial… It’s beautiful

  11. Anonymous says:

    Very well made, but looks like a desk from the back, not an island.

  12. Eileen says:

    That’s beautiful. I nominate for hack of the year.

  13. Lacey Loftin says:

    yes a tutorial in detail would be most welcome!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    One of the most refined hacks I have seen. Well done.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Love it! Love it! A tutorial would be welcome, if you have it.

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