DIY Gorgeous Kitchen Island From Unfinished Cabinet Butcher Block Top

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Always wanted a kitchen island but when you saw the $$ price tag, you put your dream on hold? Here's how I did it for half/third of the price!

Thankfully my hubby loved the design and helped able to get to this custom look DIY-style! With seating! Bonus!

Here's another view!

  • It all started with a simple 60" unfinished cabinet from Home Depot for $149!

We were also working on the rest of the kitchen, so excuse the mess! We wanted an x style design for the end panels and wanted the ends of the island to be beefy and substantial.

  • We created the panels for this new kitchen to be the full 40″ wide to support the island countertop without the use of corbels. 
  • We extended the island depth by building a small wall with 2×4’s and wrapping it in 1/4″ maple plywood. We then used smaller, thin poplar boards from Lowes to create the x design.
  • We filled the gaps and nail holes with putty and caulk to give a finished look.
  • We removed the doors and painted the island using Valspar Cabinet paint. I highly recommend this paint! It went on smoothly with no brush strokes!
  • For the top, we decided to use Butcher block due to it already being wide enough for our needs.
  • We sanded (and sanded) with fine grit.
  • We then stained it using Walnut stain and added three coats of Oil based Polycrylic. If you are brushing the Poly, I found out using the widest brush you can find will prevent air bubbles. Also, make sure you sand in between coats!

Isn't she pretty!? I love how the stain shows all the grain!

Another top view!

  • Adding the hardware was the final touch!icon

I love how we were able to add extra seating to the kitchen!

What do you think? Did I inspire you to tackle this DIY?icon

Suggested materials:
  • Lumber, caulk, nails, brushes   (Lowes)
  • Unfinished Cabinet   (Home Depot)
  • Valspar Cabinet Paint   (Lowes)
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  • Kelly Marie Carroll Kelly Marie Carroll on Jul 15, 2023

    I have this one saved for when I create my kitchen island… at the moment I have upper cabinets and an old tabletop thrown together as my island lol… it’s done it’s job for quite a few years but now I want something a little more functional and professional looking