Savvy mum creates stunning kitchen island for FREE using an old set of drawers

A SAVVY mum has created the kitchen of her dreams by creating her very own spacious island for FREE.

Kym Brookes, 30, a mum of two from Staffordshire, desperately wanted the extra space, but wasn’t keen on spending hundreds, or thousands, on a brand new kitchen island.

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The kitchen island looks amazing and was completely free to do
She used this set of drawers she had in her hallways

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She used this set of drawers she had in her hallways
The project saved her hundreds

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The project saved her hundreds

Instead, she decided to make her own using an old chest of drawers and her kitchen table, and you wouldn’t even know the difference.

The best part is that she already had everything she needed so she didn’t even spend a penny.

Kym told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk that she’s “always wanted a kitchen island” but it’s not something she can budget for right now.


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She said: “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.

“I had an old chest of drawers in the hallway that we stored shoes in. As I was starting a new position that required a working from home space, I thought I’d make use of the old drawers as the only space I could put a desk was in the hallway.”

Kym gave the grey timber drawers a makeover using white DC Fix, which she already had after previously wrapping her kitchen cupboards.

She also used her timber kitchen dining table, detaching the table top and legs and covereing it in the same DC Fix, which she attached to the drawers.

She explained: “To build it, I cleaned all the surfaces ready for the DC Fix to be applied. Once I was happy with that, I applied wood glue to the top of the drawers, placed weights on top and let it dry overnight.

“The next day, we used the base of our 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.

“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.

“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.”

I love it now it’s finished and 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.

Kym

Kym couldn’t be happier with her new kitchen island and now her mum wants to do the same.

“It took two days to complete and it cost me nothing as I already had everything at home!” she gushed

“I love it now it’s finished and 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,” she added.

“Even if you don’t have spare drawers, have a look on Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace, as you may be able to get some for free or at a very low price.

“I like to try and recycle as much as I can with furniture as we don’t have the biggest budget to do up the house.

“We bought it three years ago and it’s a slow process, so I think if you can make something you already have better, then what’s the point in buying new?

“I’m quite a creative person, but don’t worry if you’re not – you can get all sorts of ideas from Pinterest or YouTube to help you with any DIY ideas you might have.

“I received lots of support for my creation when I posted it on Facebook, which made me love it even more!”

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “A kitchen island is a sought-after piece for the home, but they’re certainly not cheap to buy or to install.

“However, Kym has found a genius way of reusing her old chest of drawers and making herself a brand new island – and all for free.

“Throwing away furniture isn’t just bad for your wallet, it’s bad for the environment too.

“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.

“Not only does upcycling mean you’ll have a totally bespoke piece, but it’s also proven that DIY is good for your wellbeing, as it decreases anxiety, helps you disconnect from your devices and it also increases your sense of self-reliance. What’s not to like?!”

Kym Brookes, 30, a mum of two from Staffordshire, desperately wanted the extra space, but wasn't keen on spending hundreds

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Kym Brookes, 30, a mum of two from Staffordshire, desperately wanted the extra space, but wasn’t keen on spending hundreds
She also used this old table top and legs which she attached to the set of drawers

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She also used this old table top and legs which she attached to the set of drawers
The new island looks stunning and her family love it too

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The new island looks stunning and her family love it too

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