When we moved into our house, our kitchen was very dark with all of the oak kitchen cabinets and there was no kitchen island. Our kitchen is only 11 x 17 so we needed something narrow with a lot of storage. I’ve had quite a few questions about our kitchen island, and I was able to dig up a few pictures on how we made it and how we went about Building a Kitchen Island with a Stock Cabinet.
Originally we had bought a tall bar height table and used it with stools underneath( until the kids started climbing and pulling them over.). We had had an old stock bathroom cabinet in storage that after measuring we found fit perfectly underneath as an island base. After filling old knobs holes with wood filler, we added new handles to the drawers. Once I painted it, it made it look like one cohesive piece like it was a custom kitchen island.
The kitchen island cabinets sat detached for a long time ( you can see at the top) and with our kitchen remodel; we added bun feet to the underside of the cabinet sides to bring up the height underneath to create the new island. The base was a pretty sturdy piece of plywood so we didn’t need to add any thing else. Had it not been, we could have created a simple frame to attach them to. It was really easy! We used wood screws to attache the cabinets in the underside of the countertop overhang trim pieces from the inside so they weren’t visible.
It received a new coat of paint on the base and a fresh look. One day I would like to put a marble or granite counter top on it as well. For now we painted and sealed the top. It looks great with our butcher block countertops and gives us not only more counter space, but storage space and a nice work space to prep food and increase our counter top footprint. This was a really easy DIY project for us.
I’ve seen a lot of other great options for islands as well such as:
-old dressers and buffets
-vintage file cabinets
Ikea also has some great kitchen islands that aren’t too much, that are very similar side of the island to what we started with and you don’t have to start from scratch either if you don’t want to.
P.S. I found out this weekend that my kitchen redo is supposed to be in
September’s issue of County Living!
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