Before & After — Ikea Kitchen Island on Steroids

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This is one of the best budget kitchen remodels I’ve seen. While you can see a dramatic change from before (bottom) and after (top), notice that the cabinets are the same, the window is in the same place, all the appliances are in the same locations and the floor and ceiling are the same. So what’s making this kitchen look so dramatically different?

Ikea HackersLet us count the ways:

• Cabinets painted white
• New cabinet hardware
• New Ikea Numerar countertops
• New appliances (always a bonus)
• New backsplash of glass tile (yummy!)
• Upper cabinet on right replaced by Grundtal shelving from Ikea
• Green accent wall (that was inspired)

But the biggest deal in this kitchen is the new island, which I found featured on Ikea Hackers, a great website for discovering how you can mess around with basic Ikea products to create something totally awesome.

This is a Varde base cabinet ($249) from Ikea with an overhanging butcher block top and, most significantly, the owners covered the standard white Melamine on the front (actually the back, see below) with the same glass tile that was used on the backsplash.

Verde With the three white stools, this is an Ikea hack extraordinaire! Congratulations to the genius homeowners who made this happen!

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