The Problem: The island is the closest table top surface to the fridge
The Solution: A counter space next to the fridge
This wasn't a build, just a customizing of an unfinished piece. Sandra & I picked this up at IKEA in Chicago when we were there Nov. '03. I simply painted to match our kitchen colors prior to assembling. I also stained the top and clear-coated the whole piece. (We used clear coat on the top as we don't plan to use it for chopping, simply as a table top.) I added some chrome hooks to hold dish towels and "voila!"
For the record, I found the IKEA "assemble-it-yourself" kit the BEST of any kit I've assembled. It's well-made, easy to follow, and very sturdy. "Two thumbs way up."