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Kitchen Island Makeover Ideas

One of the easiest ways to upgrade your kitchen is to do a kitchen island makeover. Its a simple, inexpensive way to give your kitchen a instant update.

While the kitchen island hasn’t always been the focal point for design in the kitchen, it has always been the heart of the kitchen. Each day, families gather around their kitchen islands to eat breakfast, finish up homework, make cookies, and plan the next day. In recent years though, the kitchen island has also become a great way to customize a kitchen, giving it the look you love.

Once you decide on what look you want in your kitchen, updating your island is pretty easy. Even a newbie DIYer can do most of these makeovers!

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Here are ten kitchen island makeover ideas to inspire you!

Kitchen Island Makeover Idea #1: Add corbels to the bottom of the overhang.

Here are some great options for corbels, no matter what style of kitchen you want. And best yet, you can’t beat the price!

Kitchen Island Makeover Idea #2: Paint the kitchen island base.

Painting the base of your island is such a great way to refresh the kitchen. Its a small space, so it doesn’t take nearly as long as doing your whole kitchen. Plus, that two tone look is really in right now!

Kitchen Island Moulding
See how paint makes a huge difference!

Kitchen Island Makeover Idea #3: Add beadboard to the kitchen island.

If you want to add some farmhouse design to your kitchen, check out how Christy, from Confessions of a Serial DIYer, added beadboard to her kitchen island.

Kitchen Island Makeover Idea #4: Add legs to the overhang.

Ashley, at Make It Love It, wrote a tutorial on how to add legs to the overhang of your kitchen island. Find out how to do it here!

Here are some links to countertop height legs (of course, measure you’re countertop just to double check!).

Kitchen Island Makeover Idea #5: Add feet to the bottom of the kitchen island.

If your kitchen island has a space below it (as most cabinets do), you can add feet to the bottom to make it look like it is a free standing unit instead of a built in cabinet base. This makes it look so much better! Here are some options for feet.

Kitchen Island Makeover Idea #6: Change the top surface.

There are so many choices here, for every budget! You can do marble, granite, a new laminate, or even make your own top! Here is a post on how to make a wood vanity top, that can easily be adapted to make an island countertop.

Kitchen Island Makeover Idea #7: Add molding to the kitchen island.

Adding molding to a kitchen island is easy to do and a great way to make your kitchen island really stand out. Check out this tutorial to learn how!

adding moulding to a kitchen island

This is partway though the process of adding molding to the kitchen island base.

Kitchen Island Makeover Idea #8: Add stone to the kitchen island base.

Check out how Katie, over at Addicted 2 DIY, added stone to her kitchen island.

Kitchen Island Makeover Idea #9: Stain the wood of the kitchen island a darker color.

Staining wood a darker color can really change the look of a room. If you need a simple how-to, check out how I restained my kitchen cabinets.

Kitchen Island Makeover Idea #10: Change the knobs and pulls.

Changing out the hardware on your kitchen island is an inexpensive way to make a significant impact. Here are some of my favorite pulls. They are all the Cosmas brand, which I have found to be super high quality, yet fantastically priced!

So which way will you choose?

One of the great things about DIYing your kitchen island, is that you can choose as many or as few of these ideas as you want! Do all 10 of them for a COMPLETE makeover, or just add legs to the overhang, add molding to the back and sides, and paint the base to give it a whole different look!

Interested in the farmhouse look?

Check out how to get a farmhouse kitchen!

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Kitchen Makeover Ideas for Any Kitchen

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Sunday 15th of January 2023

I want to cover the ugly 1998 orangey wood on the back (and side) of our kitchen peninsula. We bought this house and it’s been hard to go from our 2019 built house to this one. Does anyone know if there’s a paintable, peel and stick shiplap out there? Smooth? Until we can figure out what we’re gonna do with these wood grainy oak cabinets…..I would love a low-cost face lift. Also to see whether deep blue lowers would work in this space…


Sunday 15th of January 2023

Hi Beth! Here is an option for peel and stick shiplap. Low-cost makeovers are my absolute favorite, and redoing even just the kitchen island is going to make such a difference. I've had many orangey wood kitchens myself, and I think that deep blue lowers would be really nice.