Kym Brookes, 30, a mom of two from Staffordshire, really wanted an island in her kitchen without having to spend a lot of money on it. She turned to recycling an old piece of furniture to make it her own for free.
Kym told the money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: “I’ve always wanted a kitchen island, but they’re not in our budget right now.
“I had an old chest of drawers in the hallway where we put the shoes. As I was starting a new job that required working from home, I thought about using the old drawers as the only space I could put a desk in was in the hallway.
“I decided to cover the drawers with a white DC Fix that I already had when I packed my kitchen cabinets. I used wood glue and screws to secure my table top to the drawers and added legs for extra support using my dining table base.
“To build it, I cleaned all the surfaces ready for the application of DC Fix. Once I was happy with that, I applied wood glue to the top of the drawers, put weights on them, and let it dry overnight.
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Kym explained that it took her two days to complete and it cost her absolutely nothing as she already had everything at home.
The mom of two said: “I love it now that it’s finished and it makes my kitchen feel so much bigger. The island also brings the added benefit of extra worksop space when I cook for my family.
“When I was looking to buy a ready made island I looked at kitchen stores, eBay etc and they all cost from £ 250 for a new island.
“So I was delighted that I managed to create this for free because I had everything I needed.”
Kym recommends looking at Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace if you’re looking to recreate it at home but don’t have the resources to do so.
“I like to try to recycle as much as possible with the furniture because we don’t have the biggest budget to furnish the house,” she said.
Kym added: “We bought it three years ago and it’s a slow process, so I think if you can do something you already have better then what’s the point in buying new?”
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, explained: “A kitchen island is a sought-after piece for the home, but they’re certainly not cheap to buy or install.
However, Kym has found a brilliant way to repurpose his old dresser and make a whole new island – and all for free.
“Throwing away furniture isn’t just bad for your wallet, it’s also bad for the environment.
“Before you jump into any new big-ticket items, grab a sheet of Kym’s book and take a look around your house, or ask your friends for some old furniture that you can repurpose.
“Not only does upcycling mean you’ll have a totally bespoke piece, but DIY is also proven to be good for your well-being as it decreases anxiety, helps you disconnect from your devices and also increases your sense of autonomy. What’s not to like ?! ”