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You want your own island?? Make one! DIY Kitchen island.

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I needed an kitchen island desperately as I love to cook. So I made one by buying two prefab cabinets that matched my already existing kitchen (or think outside the box and go with a different color). One cabinet was a two door/two drawer cabinet, the other a one door one drawer. I clamped them together and bolted them together from the inside. Then I bought dry erase board in white to cover the back of the island , I glued it with construction glue after cutting it to measurement. (My son loved to practice his spelling words on it and draw when he was little). Next I bought some corner molding and painted it white to seal the corners of the island for a finished look. (The granite was not my doing- had a company do it- but before I got granite I went to a Corian place and had a counter top made for my island in the measurements I wanted). I made sure when they cut the granite they gave me enough of a ledge for stools if I wanted in the future.
**I have since remodeled the kitchen again, and am now going to tackle the re-surfacing of it.**

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  • 3popps
    3popps
    on Feb 24, 2012

    Very creative. How did you attach the island to the floor, and what is your flooring?

  • Ana M
    Ana M Alpharetta, GA
    on Feb 24, 2012

    Steve, I did not attach the island to the floor, instead I put felt stips all along the edges (you can not see them) so we can easily move it when I want to clean under it, vacuum or mop. It has been the smartest thing, especially when we have to change out our dishwasher , we just moved it and the installation was a breeze! My flooring is tile in two different gray colors. Sheila, the dry erase board came about because I wanted a surface that matched the pre-fab cabinets and it happened to match it perfectly! Plus I figured it'd be a fun thing, my son used to love using it - Now he is *too* big.

  • Charlene S
    Charlene S Lawton, PA
    on Feb 24, 2012

    Small wheels would have worked as well Ana, and you can still use the dry erase board for messages & lists. Great job on your project!

  • Ana M
    Ana M Alpharetta, GA
    on Feb 24, 2012

    Yep Charlene, I considered wheels, but it did not work well with the pre-fab wood used on the cabinets (compressed board- would have had to build it up and might have looked weird.) I currently have a painting hung on the dry erase board, got the idea from a friend, never thought to hang a painting in that spot but it works. I saw an island that had chalk board on the side I did dry erase. That would be cool too.

  • Sheryll S
    Sheryll S Jacksonville, FL
    on Feb 26, 2012

    I am interested in your dish drain/rack. Does it slide over the sink? Where did you find it if so. I don't have room in my tiny kitchen for a high rack on the side of my double sink. Nice job on the kitchen update.

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