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

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.**

  • Tonya H
    Tonya H Kimberly, WI
    yeah iI love it! I need to finish my bathroom first, but would like to keep this one on file! Thanks!
  • Linda Stone
    Linda Stone Inman, SC
    Great job! I have a small kitchen and currently have an island husband made 30 years ago. I definitely would welcome a new one. I think I just found a project for him now that he is retired!
  • Annette Owen
    Annette Owen Alliance, NE
    On the back side of the cabinet you can install shelving for more storage space. A towel rack on 1 of the sides, and a wire rack on the other side for foil and such. All handy right in your Island.
  • Pam Shoesmith Probasco
    I did the same thing this summer because I wanted to eliminate a kitchen table due to lack of space. Looks great!
  • Kim Smith
    Kim Smith Barbados
    Love your sunny yellow kitchen,and the island,nice ideas for my new kitchen that I start very soon!!
  • Julie Campistron
    Julie Campistron Santa Monica, CA
    very cool!
  • Stasun Hebert
    Stasun Hebert Ogdensburg, NY
    Nice job!! I am actually looking at getting an island myself. I do not have a lot storage in my kitchen, think I might put three more cabinets on the other side (back to back) for a bigger island and more storage!! Thanks for the idea...
  • Ana M
    Ana M Alpharetta, GA
    Annette Owen Thanks! On the backside I actually used whiteboard so my son could practice his spelling words while I was cooking but now that he is grown I might install shelving since I am updating the kitchen ....again....
  • Annette Owen
    Annette Owen Alliance, NE
    I did mind that way, on ther shelving thats where I keep larger bowls, and cook books, platers. On the sides I installed wire racks for wrap, foil, things like that. Plus a towel holder.
  • Pat Cobb
    Pat Cobb Gibsonville, NC
    This is what I have been searching for, this is so helpful and it looks great, I just might get my island now. Thank you!
  • Tynetta McCraw
    Tynetta McCraw Norcross, GA
    I needed this as well. I have a cabinet that is waiting to become an island in the garage. Question, was the top expensive?
  • Julie
    Julie Somerset, KY
    WE done about same thing Bought 2 cabinets pre done one local flea markets. We had not much counter space and couldnt have Kitchen table and island to set hot things or mix. So the 2 cabinets and over sized ply wood on top large enough to seat 6 around.
  • UpstateNYer
    UpstateNYer Kingston, NY
    You can also do cabinets back to back -with doors opening on both sides. And then place a top of your choice with an overhang and stools. Friends of mine did this and eliminated the use of an additional kitchen table and added loads of storage for their
  • Superbee
    Superbee San Gabriel, CA
    I'm confused- is the top granite or corian or both?? Not sure why you needed the corian place to measure, then bought granite ?? Sorry, this is something I've never worked with. It's an awesome idea and finished project in any event!!
  • Suz
    Suz Oklahoma City, OK
    ...what does one say after viewing your posting-- "Nice, very nice!" thanks for sharing a must clip = )...
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