I wanted an industrial looking, durable kitchen island on the cheap. Where better to go than starting with Ikea parts?
Steps 1-3 walk you through my design process, or you can skip directly to step 4 for the parts list and construction details.
Step 1: Test fit
Test that everything fits and feels comfortable before you get too far into planning. Use some masking tape to mark where the cabinet and appliance doors swing and where the island will go. Grab a friend and see if you can comfortably perform the kitchen dance. For example, try to unload the dish washer while someone walks from the oven to the sink.