Description: The base of the island is two Ikea cabinets (base Akurum cabinets in Applad white; 2x$105). We screwed the two cabinets together and replaced the legs with six casters ($60). The back side is simply 1/8″ plywood painted flat white. One cabinet is used for pantry items. The other holds our recycling bins and garbage; we left the drawer fronts off for easy access.
The island’s surface is our main prep surface (Ikea Numerar in black-brown; $59). We used dry wall screws to secure from below.
We also lofted a custom stainless steel shelf (interdynesystems.com; $300) with four Ikea Capita brackets ($20). We used a scrap piece of 1″ thick wood on the underside of the hollow shelf and attached it with Liquid Nails.
We added two bar stools (Ikea Henriksdal; 2x$80), and this is our eating space. The eating area is complete with two small lights hanging over the island (two Hemma cord sets with red Fantsa shades).