Beautiful Kitchen Island & Work Table Ideas

When you hear “kitchen island” maybe your mind instantly conjures sprawling pieces of real estate in a dreamily spacious kitchen with kitchen island seating, ample room for meal prep, and the ideal hangout for casual dining and homework. I study and research fantasy kitchens nearly everyday, so ummm…guilty! Today’s lineup of Beautiful Kitchen Island & Work Table Ideas may strike you as more “alternative” inspiration in nature since these kitchen islands are not bespoke masterpieces painstakingly rendered with help from seasoned professionals.

In our Lovely Tranquil Classic Kitchen is a mix of modern and vintage design elements. An industrial steel cart (painted Annie Sloan Paris Grey), Shaker cabinetry, marble subway tile backsplash, stainless pro appliances, fireclay farm sink, white oak hardwood flooring, and Viatera Minuet quartz on counters. #hellolovelystudio #whitekitchen #serenedecor #timelessdesign #modernfarmhouse #europeanfarmhouse #industrialcart #marblesubwaytile #whiteoak #viateraquartz #minuet #anniesloanparisgrey #steelcart
Hello Lovely Studio. Read about how I chose the right quite quartz for our kitchen counters.

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Instead you will spy ready-made furniture pieces to order in a few clicks and in most cases, humble budget-friendly designs which are inexpensive enough to customize further to your liking.

Industrial farmhouse cart in a serene white kitchen by Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #industrialcart #trolley #worktable
My humble, vintage, industrial (from a steel factory), wonky steel cart in our kitchen. Read the story of how it came to be HERE. Hello Lovely Studio. Read about how I chose the right quite quartz for our kitchen counters.

Mostly Country Kitchen Islands Ahead

These kitchen islands, kitchen carts, and work tables vary in price and style (although most are decidedly country style design since I gravitate toward that genre) and offer alternatives to matchy-matchy or pricey custom designed kitchen islands. If you have ever built a home and designed a kitchen from scratch yourself or with a designer, then you are well aware how many thousands of dollars a kitchen island or work table costs. Even the simplest wood construction, drawers, shelves, and cupboards add up quickly. Then the price of the countertop comes into play!

An Inspiring Kitchen

I was inspired to look at the options out there after glimpsing this inspiring kitchen (Maison Decor) in Nora Murphy’s amazing NEW BOOK.

French country kitchen of Amy of Maison Decor featured in Nora Murphy's book. Nora Murphy Country Style to Inspire! #frenchcountrykitchen #maisondecor #greenkitchen #frenchkitchen #frenchcottage #cottagekitchen #countrystyle #vintagestyle
In Amy Chalmer’s sweet, petite, and chic kitchen in Boston, a vintage tole chandelier floats above an island with curvy romantic detailing. Open shelves above the stove hold collected vintage treasures of green. Gingham-check curtains sing with French countryside charm and softly frame the view of a lovely garden. Nora Murphy’s Country House Style: Making Your Home a Country House by Nora Murphy with Deborah Golden. Photography: DuAnne Simon. Vendome, 2018.

Whether You Rent or Own!

Here’s an option that could be permanent or temporary if budget is an issue: a kitchen island purchased separately from your kitchen cabinetry.

Steel industrial cart on casters before I transformed it DIY style. #hellolovelystudio #diy #steelcart
My industrial steel cart before I gave it a coat of chalk paint and a quartz top.

You may recall that over the summer, I recently brought a sweet wonky steel industrial cart into our own little kitchen. We truly needed more work space (anything we could get!), and I had hung on to a salvaged piece of quartz from the sink cut-out when our quartz countertops were fabricated. When I bumped into the perfectly proportioned, just right vintage, beat-up cart with a top the correct size for the quartz…we suddenly had a sweet little spot to make a sandwich or whip up a batter. The bonus? Personality!

Nora Murphy quote about country style. #noramurphy #quote #countrydesign #countrystyle #countryliving
Words from the author. Nora Murphy Country Style to Inspire…because beautiful country style interior design is not one size fits all! Certainly lovely indeed.

When Budget is a Priority

Massive kitchens with huge stone-topped islands are wonderful to live with – I loved ours in our prior home – but for down-sized kitchens or kitchen designs that call for something more charming and unfitted – there are lovely options out there that won’t break the bank.

Beautiful Kitchen Island & Work Table Ideas

Whether you are in the market now for a kitchen island or work table for your kitchen or will be in the future, this parade of pretty options may come in handy. There is beautiful inspiration online including MY KITCHEN INSPIRATION PINTEREST BOARD and photos of designer projects and kitchen design resources from Veranda.

Sylvania Console Table
Rustic and Distressed Console Table: FIND HERE. Traditional kitchen design inspiration: ideas for kitchen island, kitchen work table, and kitchen cart as well as prep tables. Inexpensive kitchen islands to consider for your kitchen project…certainly lovely indeed! Alternatives to custom kitchen island cabinetry when you want a charming unfitted look or a complementary fixture for your country style kitchen. Cottage kitchens, farmhouse kitchens, modern country kitchens, classic kitchens, French country kitchens, transitional kitchens, and also traditional kitchens. Whatever the style or size, there is certainly a perfect kitchen work table, kitchen cart, or kitchen island! Beautiful  Kitchen Island & Work Table Ideas: FIND MORE OPTIONS HERE.

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Kitchen Island Ideas Under $200

Kitchen Island with Metal Open Shelf
French Style Kitchen Island with Wood Top & Open Shelf: FIND HERE. Whether you need kitchen island ideas on a budget, kitchen island ideas for a small kitchen, or kitchen island decorating ideas, consider these lovely carts, consoles, and tables for inspiration!
Eira Kitchen Cart with Stainless Steel Top
Stainless Steel Top Small Kitchen Cart: FIND HERE. Traditional kitchen design inspiration: ideas for kitchen island, kitchen work table, and kitchen cart as well as prep tables. Inexpensive kitchen islands to consider for your kitchen project…certainly lovely indeed! Alternatives to custom kitchen island cabinetry when you want a charming unfitted look or a complementary fixture for your country style kitchen. Cottage kitchens, farmhouse kitchens, modern country kitchens, classic kitchens, French country kitchens, transitional kitchens, and also traditional kitchens. Whatever the style or size, there is certainly a perfect kitchen work table, kitchen cart, or kitchen island! Beautiful  Kitchen Island & Work Table Ideas:
FIND MORE OPTIONS HERE.
Console Table
French Country Distressed White Console Table: FIND HERE. Whether you need kitchen island ideas on a budget, kitchen island ideas for a small kitchen, or kitchen island decorating ideas, consider these lovely carts, consoles, and tables for inspiration!

Rustic Style Kitchen Island Ideas

Shaan Kitchen Island with Granite
Granite Topped Kitchen Island: FIND HERE. Traditional kitchen design inspiration: ideas for kitchen island, kitchen work table, and kitchen cart as well as prep tables. Inexpensive kitchen islands to consider for your kitchen project…certainly lovely indeed! Alternatives to custom kitchen island cabinetry when you want a charming unfitted look or a complementary fixture for your country style kitchen. Cottage kitchens, farmhouse kitchens, modern country kitchens, classic kitchens, French country kitchens, transitional kitchens, and also traditional kitchens. Whatever the style or size, there is certainly a perfect kitchen work table, kitchen cart, or kitchen island! Beautiful  Kitchen Island & Work Table Ideas:
FIND MORE OPTIONS HERE.

Grey Loveliness

Benedetto Kitchen Island with Door
Kitchen Island With Bin Pulls: FIND HERE. Whether you need kitchen island ideas on a budget, kitchen island ideas for a small kitchen, or kitchen island decorating ideas, consider these lovely carts, consoles, and tables for inspiration!
Brunton Kitchen Island with Butcher Block
Butcher Block Topped Kitchen Island: FIND HERE. Traditional kitchen design inspiration: ideas for kitchen island, kitchen work table, and kitchen cart as well as prep tables. Inexpensive kitchen islands to consider for your kitchen project…certainly lovely indeed! Alternatives to custom kitchen island cabinetry when you want a charming unfitted look or a complementary fixture for your country style kitchen. Cottage kitchens, farmhouse kitchens, modern country kitchens, classic kitchens, French country kitchens, transitional kitchens, and also traditional kitchens. Whatever the style or size, there is certainly a perfect kitchen work table, kitchen cart, or kitchen island! Beautiful  Kitchen Island & Work Table Ideas:
FIND MORE OPTIONS HERE.
Marez Distressed Kitchen Island
Distressed Kitchen Island: FIND HERE. Whether you need kitchen island ideas on a budget, kitchen island ideas for a small kitchen, or kitchen island decorating ideas, consider these lovely carts, consoles, and tables for inspiration!

Cottage Style

Fitzhugh Kitchen Island
Two Shelf Kitchen Island: FIND HERE. Traditional kitchen design inspiration: ideas for kitchen island, kitchen work table, and kitchen cart as well as prep tables. Inexpensive kitchen islands to consider for your kitchen project…certainly lovely indeed! Alternatives to custom kitchen island cabinetry when you want a charming unfitted look or a complementary fixture for your country style kitchen. Cottage kitchens, farmhouse kitchens, modern country kitchens, classic kitchens, French country kitchens, transitional kitchens, and also traditional kitchens. Whatever the style or size, there is certainly a perfect kitchen work table, kitchen cart, or kitchen island! Beautiful  Kitchen Island & Work Table Ideas:
FIND MORE OPTIONS HERE. .

Drawers Galore!

Lexington Kitchen Island
Lexington Kitchen Island: FIND HERE. Whether you need kitchen island ideas on a budget, kitchen island ideas for a small kitchen, or kitchen island decorating ideas, consider these lovely carts, consoles, and tables for inspiration!
Collette Kitchen Island
42″ Ebony Kitchen Island: FIND HERE. Traditional kitchen design inspiration: ideas for kitchen island, kitchen work table, and kitchen cart as well as prep tables. Inexpensive kitchen islands to consider for your kitchen project…certainly lovely indeed! Alternatives to custom kitchen island cabinetry when you want a charming unfitted look or a complementary fixture for your country style kitchen. Cottage kitchens, farmhouse kitchens, modern country kitchens, classic kitchens, French country kitchens, transitional kitchens, and also traditional kitchens. Whatever the style or size, there is certainly a perfect kitchen work table, kitchen cart, or kitchen island! Beautiful  Kitchen Island & Work Table Ideas:
FIND MORE OPTIONS HERE.
Zula Kitchen Island with Granite Top
Kitchen Island with Granite Top: FIND HERE. Whether you need kitchen island ideas on a budget, kitchen island ideas for a small kitchen, or kitchen island decorating ideas, consider these lovely carts, consoles, and tables for inspiration!

French Country Kitchen Island Ideas

Round Bronze Accent Table
French Country Lamp
French Laundry Basket
Metal Martini Table
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Farmhouse Dining Table
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Turkish Cotton Blanket
Linen & Burlap Tufted Ottoman
Gertrude Wood Bench
Weathered 4-Door French Cabinet – 71″
Upholstered Dining Chair Set
French Country Wing Chair
French Louis Style Arm Chair
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
French Linen Upholstered Dining Chair
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Louis Upholstered Bench
French Loveseat
Pamela Arm Chair
Weathered Arm Chair
Rustic Wood Candleholders
Aged Terracotta Pots
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Galvanized Console Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Linen Curved Loveseat
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country Loveseat
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Oak Accent Stool
French Upholstered Gray Bench
Jute Area Rug
French Candle Style Chandelier
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
French Linen Sofa
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Parisian Glass Bottle Vase
Magnus Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
French Country Wood Mirror
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Marsh Rustic Wood Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Teak Farmhouse Stool
Brookstonval Kitchen Island with Wood Top
Wood Top Kitchen Island with Drawers: FIND HERE. Traditional kitchen design inspiration: ideas for kitchen island, kitchen work table, and kitchen cart as well as prep tables. Inexpensive kitchen islands to consider for your kitchen project…certainly lovely indeed! Alternatives to custom kitchen island cabinetry when you want a charming unfitted look or a complementary fixture for your country style kitchen. Cottage kitchens, farmhouse kitchens, modern country kitchens, classic kitchens, French country kitchens, transitional kitchens, and also traditional kitchens. Whatever the style or size, there is certainly a perfect kitchen work table, kitchen cart, or kitchen island! Beautiful  Kitchen Island & Work Table Ideas:
FIND MORE OPTIONS HERE. .
Kempwood Small Kitchen Island
Kempwood Kitchen Island: FIND HERE.

Black Kitchen Island With Wood Top

Brookstonval Kitchen Island
Black Kitchen Island: FIND HERE. Traditional kitchen design inspiration: ideas for kitchen island, kitchen work table, and kitchen cart as well as prep tables. Inexpensive kitchen islands to consider for your kitchen project…certainly lovely indeed! Alternatives to custom kitchen island cabinetry when you want a charming unfitted look or a complementary fixture for your country style kitchen. Cottage kitchens, farmhouse kitchens, modern country kitchens, classic kitchens, French country kitchens, transitional kitchens, and also traditional kitchens. Whatever the style or size, there is certainly a perfect kitchen work table, kitchen cart, or kitchen island! Beautiful  Kitchen Island & Work Table Ideas:
FIND MORE OPTIONS HERE.
Castille Prep Table with Marble Top
Marble Top Prep Table: FIND HERE.
Lombard Kitchen Cart
47″ Granite Top Kitchen Island: FIND HERE. Traditional kitchen design inspiration: ideas for kitchen island, kitchen work table, and kitchen cart as well as prep tables. Inexpensive kitchen islands to consider for your kitchen project…certainly lovely indeed! Alternatives to custom kitchen island cabinetry when you want a charming unfitted look or a complementary fixture for your country style kitchen. Cottage kitchens, farmhouse kitchens, modern country kitchens, classic kitchens, French country kitchens, transitional kitchens, and also traditional kitchens. Whatever the style or size, there is certainly a perfect kitchen work table, kitchen cart, or kitchen island! Beautiful  Kitchen Island & Work Table Ideas:
FIND MORE OPTIONS HERE.

Stainless Kitchen Work Table Ideas

Wayfair Basics 49"W Stainless Steel Top Workbench
49″ Basic Stainless Steel Top Workbench: FIND HERE.
Dogwood Kitchen Island with Stainless Steel Counter Top
Stainless Steel Top Kitchen Island: FIND HERE. Traditional kitchen design inspiration: ideas for kitchen island, kitchen work table, and kitchen cart as well as prep tables. Inexpensive kitchen islands to consider for your kitchen project…certainly lovely indeed! Alternatives to custom kitchen island cabinetry when you want a charming unfitted look or a complementary fixture for your country style kitchen. Cottage kitchens, farmhouse kitchens, modern country kitchens, classic kitchens, French country kitchens, transitional kitchens, and also traditional kitchens. Whatever the style or size, there is certainly a perfect kitchen work table, kitchen cart, or kitchen island! Beautiful  Kitchen Island & Work Table Ideas:
FIND MORE OPTIONS HERE.
Irene Kitchen Work Table Kitchen Cart with Bamboo Top
Stainless Kitchen Cart with Bamboo Top: FIND HERE.

If Navy Blue Floats Your Boat

Eira Kitchen Cart with Stainless Steel Top
Navy Kitchen Cart with Stainless Steel Top: FIND HERE. Traditional kitchen design inspiration: ideas for kitchen island, kitchen work table, and kitchen cart as well as prep tables. Inexpensive kitchen islands to consider for your kitchen project…certainly lovely indeed! Alternatives to custom kitchen island cabinetry when you want a charming unfitted look or a complementary fixture for your country style kitchen. Cottage kitchens, farmhouse kitchens, modern country kitchens, classic kitchens, French country kitchens, transitional kitchens, and also traditional kitchens. Whatever the style or size, there is certainly a perfect kitchen work table, kitchen cart, or kitchen island! Beautiful  Kitchen Island & Work Table Ideas:
FIND MORE OPTIONS HERE.
Leo Stainless Steel Top Workbench with Casters
Stainless Steel Top Workbench with Casters: FIND HERE.
48"W Adjustable Height Stainless Steel Top Workbench
48″ Adjustable Height Stainless Steel Top Workbench: FIND HERE. Traditional kitchen design inspiration: ideas for kitchen island, kitchen work table, kitchen cart, and prep tables. Inexpensive kitchen islands to consider for your kitchen project. Alternatives to custom kitchen island cabinetry when you want a charming unfitted look or a complementary fixture for your country style kitchen. Cottage kitchens, farmhouse kitchens, modern country kitchens, classic kitchens, French country kitchens, transitional kitchens, and traditional kitchens…whatever the style or size, there is a perfect kitchen work table, kitchen cart, or kitchen island! Beautiful  Kitchen Island & Work Table Ideas:
FIND MORE OPTIONS HERE.

Butcher Block Kitchen Island

Rouge et Noir Prep Table
Rouge et Noir American Cherry Wood Prep Table: FIND HERE.

Whimsical Kitchen or Console Idea

Labrosse Console Table
Green Console Table: FIND HERE. Traditional kitchen design inspiration: ideas for kitchen island, kitchen work table, kitchen cart, and prep tables. Inexpensive kitchen islands to consider for your kitchen project. Alternatives to custom kitchen island cabinetry when you want a charming unfitted look or a complementary fixture for your country style kitchen. Cottage kitchens, farmhouse kitchens, modern country kitchens, classic kitchens, French country kitchens, transitional kitchens, and traditional kitchens…whatever the style or size, there is a perfect kitchen work table, kitchen cart, or kitchen island! Beautiful  Kitchen Island & Work Table Ideas:
FIND MORE OPTIONS HERE.

Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Island Ideas

Burbury Country Lodge Kitchen Island
Burbury Country Lodge Kitchen Island
X Detail Country Kitchen Island: FIND HERE. Traditional kitchen design inspiration: ideas for kitchen island, kitchen work table, kitchen cart, and prep tables. Inexpensive kitchen islands to consider for your kitchen project. Alternatives to custom kitchen island cabinetry when you want a charming unfitted look or a complementary fixture for your country style kitchen. Cottage kitchens, farmhouse kitchens, modern country kitchens, classic kitchens, French country kitchens, transitional kitchens, and traditional kitchens…whatever the style or size, there is a perfect kitchen work table, kitchen cart, or kitchen island! Beautiful  Kitchen Island & Work Table Ideas:
FIND MORE OPTIONS HERE.

Shiplap is Still Huge!

Burt Shiplap Kitchen Island
Marble Top Shiplap Kitchen Island: FIND HERE.
Benedetto Kitchen Island with Door
White Kitchen Island With Bin Pull Hardware: FIND HERE. Traditional kitchen design inspiration: ideas for kitchen island, kitchen work table, kitchen cart, and prep tables. Inexpensive kitchen islands to consider for your kitchen project. Alternatives to custom kitchen island cabinetry when you want a charming unfitted look or a complementary fixture for your country style kitchen. Cottage kitchens, farmhouse kitchens, modern country kitchens, classic kitchens, French country kitchens, transitional kitchens, and traditional kitchens…whatever the style or size, there is a perfect kitchen work table, kitchen cart, or kitchen island! Beautiful  Kitchen Island & Work Table Ideas:
FIND MORE OPTIONS HERE.

Marble Top Kitchen Cart

Forteau Kitchen Island
34″ Wood Kitchen Cart with Marble Top: FIND HERE.

DO YOU HAVE A CART, TABLE, OR ISLAND WORKING WELL IN YOUR OWN KITCHEN? Do tell.

In personal news, ONE MORE SLEEP ‘TIL LONDON! So excited to get there, see some historical sites and museums, sip tea, be inspired by architecture, and network at Amara’s Interior Blog Award ceremony. It will be fun to live like a local since we’re staying at an apartment in Holland Park/Notting Hill.

Do let me know if you have suggestions for places to go and loveliness to see!

See a little more of our kitchen HERE.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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4 Comments

  1. Joanna
    October 23, 2018 / 11:16 am

    I love the look of a wooden island. There are so many options to create another workspace.
    My island is built in but is painted a different colour than my soft white kitchen, giving the appearance of a piece of furniture. It has become a gathering place when company is visiting. Plentiful drinks and appys, along with animated conversations, make it our happening place. My hubby & I even eat our meals there now, perched on comfy stools with a view to the back garden. I love an island and would not have a kitchen without one.

    • michele
      Author
      October 23, 2018 / 11:54 am

      Ooooh I love your description of a happening place – a gathering place – and what sounds like the heart of the kitchen. You truly know how to enhance the everyday, friend, and I’m so happy to hear about the lovely secrets. xox

  2. February 7, 2019 / 10:19 pm

    I’m obsessed with this island and the kitchen in general! Any idea where I can find those pendant lights above the island or how I can go about searching for them?

    • michele
      Author
      February 8, 2019 / 8:18 am

      Can you clarify which kitchen island you are referring to? Thanks!

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