My DIY Kitchen Island

Emily Traxler
by Emily Traxler
2 Materials
5 Hours

Another project kitchen island. Here’s my kitchen before, with the original kitchen island….

Ever since we moved in, I’ve wanted to replace it, and now seems as good of time as ever!

I already knew that the same flooring was under the island, making it a much easier project. I was so glad not to have to repair/add/replace any flooring, there are just a few screw holes that I will easily be able to fix with some putty and sandpaper.

I decided to move the drawers to the wall, next to the refrigerator. I love the sweet vintage cabinet that was there, but only wanted one furniture piece in this space. Now all of the cabinets on the perimeter of the kitchen are matching, making my new island the main focal point.

For the island, I started with this vintage buffet/side board that I found on the FB marketplace for just $40!!

I started by taking the top off…

In order to add the bottom shelf, I had to better secure all of the cross supports between the legs, using wood glue and long screws.

I also took the molding off around the bottom, and added a new molding. I needed the original molding to replace a missing piece on one of the drawers.

I built legs on the back, using 1×2 and 1×4 select pine boards. I kept the legs hollow, to allow the wires to come up from the floor, into the island…

The wires come in through a hole in the floor, up the back leg, and into the island.

The wires are inside that blue tube, which I’m now realizing that I still need to paint. It usually takes me forever to get to all of the little details. But, it is mostly done, which makes me so happy!

Added beadboard and corbels to the backside of the piece…

And then came time to figure out the countertop. I really wanted butcher block, but it was proving hard to find. Luckily, I found this solid wood antique tabletop to use. I love it! I can’t imagine a better top!

Now time for paint…

I started with a beautiful blue paint, and LOVED it, but it just didn’t fit in like I had envisioned. I turned to my tried and true love, Benjamin Moore White Dove.

For the top, I sanded it down, and finished it with white wax. Loving how light it is!!

For this project, I already had everything that I used, except for the baskets. I found those online and had them delivered. Aren’t they perfect!!


I Hope you all have an amazing day!!

Sending you all so much love!!!


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  • Wanda Chappell Wanda Chappell on Aug 10, 2021

    I’m very confused as you said you started with the vintage sideboard you found on line but it’s obvious that is not what you made your island out of???

  • Susan Severino Susan Severino on Aug 16, 2021

    That's my question to! Wheres the antique piece you were going to use? Obviously you didnt use it? But. I love love what you did. I am looking for a piece to turn into island as well.

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  • Sandra Crosbie Sandra Crosbie on Aug 09, 2022

    That is probably one of the nicest islands that I have ever seen. It is absolutely beautiful. You did that piece justice. You happyfied it.

    I love when someone shows something that isn't the same colour with the marble counter of whatever fad is in.

    Your one has uniqueness to it.

    As you can see, I really like this one.

  • Sidney Rippy McLaughlin Sidney Rippy McLaughlin on Aug 14, 2022

    I think the new one is OK, but I really liked the original better.