See how this IKEA trolley was transformed into a chic kitchen island for £90

We love her creative use of a classic IKEA item

It's a truth universally acknowledged that we all need more kitchen storage. One DIY fan has come up with a smart kitchen storage idea - turning an IKEA trolley into a kitchen island with a fresh lick of paint.

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Beam Irwin bought the IKEA Forhojah Kitchen Trolley, a piece we've all seen, whether in store or on Mrs Hinch's Instagram. But rather than put it at the end of a kitchen counter, she's put it centre stage in her kitchen.

IKEA kitchen storage hack

ikea trolly kitchen island

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Beam Irwin / @aplacetogether)

'After two years of using this kitchen, I knew I needed more space,' Beam Irwin ( @aplacetogether) tells us. 'Adding wall-mounted cupboards will be expensive so I thought that having a kitchen island would be better.

'I found this trolley in IKEA and thought that with just a lick of paint to match my cupboards, it will look perfect in my kitchen,' she says. She has painted the trolley in Annie Sloan chalk paint in Louis Blue, which makes it look like it's always been there.

She sanded it down before painting it with a roller for a brush stroke-free finish. Beam then used a brush for those smaller, harder-to-reach areas.

blue kitchen with ikea trolley island

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Beam Irwin / @aplacetogether)

What a brilliant way to add storage without spending tons of money - for more inspiration, head to our decorating on a budget piece. The IKEA kitchen island has also given her more countertop space for preparing food.

She has used the lower level to store baskets of fruit, and the middle shelf is handy for keeping plates and bowls reached for every day. It's a practical addition to her modern kitchen, providing a spot to make some quick breakfast in the morning.

Plus, it helps to make the space feel sociable, as people will naturally congregate around a kitchen island. It fits perfectly in the space - if you have the floor space in your kitchen, it's a smart move.

ikea trolly kitchen island

(Image credit: Future PLC/Beam Irwin / @aplacetogether)

For more IKEA hacks take a look at our roundup of simple updates on best-selling basics.

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So, if your kitchen cabinets are jam-packed with so many pots and pans that you can't remember the last time you saw the back of the cupboard, this might be the tip you need.

Millie Hurst
Senior Content Editor

Millie Hurst was Senior Content Editor at Ideal Home from 2020-2022, and is now Section Editor at Homes & Gardens. Before stepping into the world of interiors, she worked as a Senior SEO Editor for News UK in both London and New York. You can usually find her looking up trending terms and finding real-life budget makeovers our readers love. Millie came up with the website's daily dupes article which gives readers ways to curate a stylish home for less.