Turning Base Cabinets Into an Island

2 Materials
$300
1 Day
Medium

When we moved into our home the kitchen didn’t have a proper island. It was a “bar” that looked like it belonged on a patio. I always wanted an actual island with storage that fit the rest of the kitchen but didn’t want to spend the money on something already built.

Then I found these 3 base cabinets on FB Marketplace with a granite top, for $200!


Bonus I sold the other one for $150!

These were 3 base cabinets and one had all drawers which is exactly what I have been looking for. The plus side is they came with a beautiful slab of Granite, even though I will replace it when we get new countertops to match..I just don’t want granite.


So my mission was to make these base cabinets look like one cohesive piece in a beautiful island.

I used Luann board. It’s only 1/4″ which makes it the exact size to make the side of the cabinet flush. 


I used my jigsaw to cut the boards to size since the edges would be covered with trim. I used finishing nails to secure them to the cabinets front and back. 

For the trim I wanted a chunky traditional look. For the top and down the sides I used 1×4 pine boards and for the bottom I used 1×6. 


I cut the boards to length and for the corners where they met I used my table saw to bevel the edges to get a clean look. 


When all the trim pieces were on, I wanted to add detail to the bottom to make it look a little more robust. I cut the a few pieces of the 1×6 and added them to the bottom corners for a nice detail. 

After filling the screw holes with wood filler and sanding I painted the wood the same color as I did for  this cabinet in the dining room.


Benjamin Moore’s Advanced paint in Deep Space. 

I love the way it came out and I have so much more storage in then kitchen. We might add on to the island with a garbage pull out when we get new countertops for the kitchen, since we will also replace this granite that came with it.


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1 question
  • Julie
    on Jul 24, 2020

    Did you paint the entire cabinet or just the backside and it matched the front.

    • Flipturn
      on Aug 12, 2020

      Take another look at the second picture, which shows the original colors of the side and back of the unit,

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  • Jill Krol
    on Aug 19, 2020

    It looks really great. I think you did a fabulous job.

  • Nancy Peterman
    on Aug 23, 2020

    My son & dil did the same idea, but added a drop-leaf on the end by the dishwasher. Previously, theirs was a u-shaped kitchen with the dishwasher turned so it opened in front of the sink (what a dumb idea some contractor had). I think you have the same house as them! Great idea, beautifully executed!


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