After looking at 20+ sketchy apartments in my price-range, I found my current abode. A one-bedroom second floor walk-up with free street parking just north of Wrigleyville. Of the 470 cozy square feet , a tiny fraction of it is my kitchen. Despite the full-size stove, built-in microwave, dishwasher, new cabinetry and counter tops, my galley-style set-up has minimal counter and storage space.
I needed more room and wasn’t sure what to do. After some pinspiration, I decided to take two IKEA lack tables from my old apartment and make a kitchen island.
- 2 LACK Tables (7.99/ea)
- Set of 4 caster wheels (9.99)
- BYGEL Rail (2.99)
- BYGEL S-hooks (.99/10 pk)
- LÄMPLIG cutting board (9.99)
- Hardware (screw assortment available) (7.99)
- Gorilla glue
TOTAL COST: $45-50 depending on how much you spend on screws and glue. I already had the tables and screws so it cost me about $30.
- Attach the rail to one side of the tabletop. Flip it over, attach four table legs and set aside.
- Put together the second table and flip over. Attach the caster wheels to the legs.
- Apply a very thin layer of gorilla glue to the legs of the first table you put together. NOTE: This glue expands like crazy and dries white. Apply the glue about a half inch away from the edge. I didn’t realize this and have a visible white seam that spilled over the seam between the tables that I can’t sand away.
- Activate the glue with a little water, then take the second table and carefully position it on top of the first table. Let the table set for about an hour.
- Turn the island over so it’s right-side up. Place the cutting board on top and the s-hooks on the rail. This cutting board is just shy of a perfect fit and I used it in lieu of opting for an actual butcher block (those are expensive!)
**I ended up buying another LACK table for $4 from the clearance section. The package was open and a couple legs were dinged, but the table top was perfect for an extra bottom shelf. I also added a shelf above the kitchen block for linens and cookbooks.**
VOILA! extra space for kitchen utensils, gadgets, knives, towels, potholders, tupperware and other kitchen items I couldn’t fit into my cabinets.