Kym Brookes always wanted a kitchen island but was reluctant to spend hundreds of pounds – so she decided to make one herself using an old chest of drawers she already owned
A mum-of-two has explained how she created a kitchen island completely for free – and it looks stunning.
Kym Brookes, 30, who lives in Staffordshire, didn’t want to spend hundreds of pounds doing up her kitchen.
So she decided to create an island without spending a penny by using an old chest of drawers.
Kym was inspired to embark on her DIY project after starting a new job that required her to work from home.
She told LatestDeals.co.uk: “I’ve always wanted a kitchen island but they are not in our budget at the minute.
“I had an old chest of drawers in the hallway that we stored shoes in.
“I thought I’d make use of the old drawers as the only space I could put a desk in was in the hallway.”
Kym got to work by first cleaning down all the surfaces before covering the drawers with white DC Fix that she already had.
She then used wood glue and screws to secure the table top to the drawers, leaving it to dry overnight.
The DIY-savvy mum then used the base of her dining table to create the legs.
“I did have to saw a little off each as they were a little too long for the height of the island,” she added.
“Once we got them to the right size, my partner drilled two holes through the table top in each corner so we could incorporate screws for added support.
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“I then proceeded to cover the table top and screws with the DC Fix I’d used on the drawers for a more seamless finish.
“My family love it – I sent my mum some pictures after I had completed it and she is now on the lookout for a set of drawers so I can create the same in her kitchen.
Kym said the whole project took two days to complete and is thrilled with the results.
She added: “it makes my kitchen feel so much bigger.
“The island also brings the added bonus of extra worktop space for when I’m cooking for my family.
“When I was looking at purchasing a ready made island, I looked at kitchen stores, eBay and so on, and they all ranged from £250 up for a new island.
“So I was stoked that I had managed to create this for free as I had everything I needed.
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: “A kitchen island is a sought-after piece for the home, but they’re certainly not cheap to buy or to install.
“Before splashing out on expensive new items, take a leaf out of Kym’s book and have a look around your home, or ask friends or family for old bits of furniture that you could repurpose.“