|IKEA Hack - modern island out of Lagan countertop|
My husband Bryce is a financial controller (CPA/accountant). One might stereotype him as nerdy, boring, stuffy, left-brained. Not so. He's a wooly-headed and bearded Ginger, often gregarious always sarcastic. What most might not guess is that he's also wickedly creative.
Our u-shaped kitchen is strategically set up so that the stove is central with an island so people can sit and admire us foodies (Bryce and myself or often my guest starring parents) working our magic. Yes, I am boasting profusely, and I apologize, but it's what we absolutely love to do. So Bryce designed this kitchen perfectly for us.
Our modern aesthetic needed something unusual for the island. Enter Bryce's fantastic creativity and $80 worth of IKEA materials. We made a gorgeous modern island out of 2 $39 IKEA Lagan solid wood countertop.
|$39 Lagan countertop surface from IKEA|
So we cut small pieces of the Lagan to serve as the T for the island and attached these to a full piece of the Lagan (~50x26" but there is a longer piece available too at 96x26" for only $59). You can see in this photo that at the joints, we filled with wood glue and sanded to create a seamless joint.
|Attach small pieces to the large counter top|
Then we attached the T to our island wall with L-brackets.
|Attach T to island wall|
|L-brackets connect the 2 counter surfaces|
|Pocket-drill into solid flooring and then fill with plug|
To finish, we simply sanded and lacquered a few times and voila! We now have a gorgeous island for only $80!
Our next step is to tile the island wall with recycled stone. Stay tuned!