Prescott View Home Reno: DIY Kitchen Island

I’m finally sharing my DIY kitchen island with you today! It’s been done for a few months but I wanted it to be perfect (which it’s not) before I shared it. LOL! If you’ve been wanting to learn how to build a Kitchen Island but not sure how or think it will be too hard, it’s not! I promise ANYONE can build this. Anyone.

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How to build a Kitchen Island

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DIY Kitchen Island Instructions

First I taped off a general area of where I wanted it and got rough estimates and headed to the Home Depot.

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I got these three cabinet boxes and arranged them in the aisle. It was literally the perfect size! I wanted a lot of drawers and these three were so perfect, in stock and inexpensive!

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I got home and put them in place. Somehow I carried them each from my car on my own and felt like superwoman. I put 2×4″ screwed into the wooden subfloor and once it was level, I screwed the cabinet bases into the 2×4. Next, I used shims to make the boxes square.

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After everything was square and solid, I used 1/2″ MDF around the perimeter of the boxes to close them in.

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Then I started the trim work. I used baseboard moulding that I had on hand and ripped 1/4″ MDF board into 4″ strips and nailed them on to cover the seams. I love it because it matches the wainscoting I did in the dining room which you can see from the island.

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My other kitchen cabinets had beadboard inlays on the cabinet doors so I added the beadboard into the two cupboard doors.

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Next, I caulked and filled all the gaps and nail holes.

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I painted the whole thing white and it was done!!! ….until I changed my mind. I ended up painting the whole island navy and I’m OBSESSED with how it turned out. I used the 1/2″ melamine board as a countertop until our countertops got installed and it worked fine.

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After they were installed I was even more in love with it! I love it so much and it cost less than $500 and was very, very easy DIY kitchen island!

Kitchen Island Tutorial

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make a kitchen island, give it a try! It is an easy DIY project. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the progress on my home renovation! We are moving right along and I am loving every inch so far!

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    April 12, 2017 at 12:45 am

    The result is not comparable to what was before!! Terrific! A successful combination of blue and white colors looks amazing. I want my new kitchen island)) Thanks for the nice article!

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    petrified wood company
    April 17, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    wow nice kitchen, Nice

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    February 19, 2018 at 10:50 am

    How did you have the countertop installed? How is it supported on the barstool side? If you had it professionally installed – how much did it cost? I’m looking to build this this coming spring.

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      Mallory & Savannah
      February 19, 2018 at 1:51 pm

      Hi Nicole!

      We had Quartz countertops professionally installed. That was the only part of the kitchen we hired out. The installers used steel supports to support the weight of the quartz on the bar side. We paid $3000 for all of the countertops but there are certainly more affordable options. I chose New Carrara quartz by Della Terra. Hope that helps!

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    Joyce Luttrell
    April 1, 2018 at 11:08 am

    I need the tutorial for making the island. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for!!!!!!!

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