make your own kitchen island with breakfast counter

ah … a cooking person’s dream – a kitchen island with a breakfast bar! here’s one from brian of caramelcook, made from the varde oven unit and countertops.

brian writes, “i wanted a bar overhang, so i bought two of the 69” lengths of the counter, cut them down a bit, joined them, and voila, a bar overhang on the back (with franklin chairs, the taller of the two models, which fit perfectly.)
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also, i deliberately chose the oven unit so that i could put sliding trash and recycling bins in that space (plus it has the steel shelving which looks cooler than the particle board the other varde units have.)

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view more of brian’s kitchen island on flickr. also see brian’s other hack, an ikea wall mirror from mirror tiles.


the good folks at Unplggd (formerly know as ApartmentTherapyHomeTech) wanted a peek into my home work area for their column “behind the blog”. go here if you want to see from whence i blog.

much thanks, kelly.