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How To Build An Awesome Island For Your Kitchen | DIY Project

$20 to add an awesome island to your kitchen is unbelievable
$20 to add an awesome island to your kitchen is unbelievable

Are you willing to get a new kitchen island at your house? Well, here is how you can have one that’s for only $20! Come on and let’s build your very own affordable and easy to do Kitchen Island. This free kitchen island DIY plan includes diagrams, cut lists, shopping lists, step-by-step instructions of building it, and color photos to help you along every step of the way.

You have to dress up your kitchen island by showing a little leg. Some leggy kitchen islands are a perfect way to make your kitchen islands look more like a well-tailored piece of furniture in the kitchen that captures your attention when you enter the room.

Kitchen islands are becoming a great staple in kitchen remodels across the world, and a terrific way to save on your next kitchen update is simple by creating an island using something you would typically never think of. These Kitchen islands are essentially cabinets to put together in the center of your kitchen. They not only provide you a great storage for your kitchen, but also extra counter space that you desire.

You do not have to specifically go out and purchase a custom make a kitchen island. There are a different of small kitchen island ideas that may work better in your small space kitchen than a permanent cabinet piece.

Having this island in my kitchen has made all the difference in the world! Also I have so much more space to do my baking! To fill up this space, we decided on installing an awesome kitchen island right in the middle instead of having a dining table there. The best part is that we made our own kitchen island. So excited about this! It did not take long time at all to make…of course, I got helped by a mate to make it and he’s really good at wood working. I am lucky!

Ok, if you do not have much confidence and believe that you can built this yourself, you need to round up a mate and get them busy building one of these island for your kitchen…if you do not already have a kitchen island. May be you love to have a new project so put yourself to work! You will surely enjoy having this kitchen island too!

Do you want to see how we did it? Follow this step by step tutorial and build your very own kitchen island!

Affordable Kitchen Island Project

There are a lot of kitchen DIY projects out there that can make any kitchen look awesome. But this nifty DIY project caught my eye not only because it looks great, but it was very easy to build and cheap as well. Can you believe we spent just only $20 for this DIY kitchen island? With that being said, check out the materials and tools you will need and follow these simple steps given below.

Tools Required:

  • Hammer
  • Miter Saw


  • 3 – 1″ x 10″ 6 ft. boards
  • 2 – 4″ x 4″ x 6 ft. sections
  • 2″ nails
  • 4 – 1″ x 4″ x 8 ft. boards
  • Sanding block
  • Stain/Poly

Step 1: Measure and Cut

Measure the desired sections for the legs of Island and cut the two 6 feet sections, if you want to create four 35 inches long pieces of sections that will serve as the legs of the Island. (4″ x 4″ x 35″, 4 pieces).

Tips to follow:

  • · Be careful while measuring and cutting the sections.
  •  Following the saying “Measure twice and Cut once”, Measure the desired section twice before cutting it.
Step 1 measure and cut

Countertop pieces: You have to cut the three 1″ x 10″ trimmed Countertop pieces into 60″ in their length (the project to make the countertops will be 5ft), by using Miter saw. Cut these Countertop pieces by using the miter saw. (3 pieces: 1″ x 10″ x 60″ each).

Tips to follow:

  • When measuring the baseboard, you should use your pencil instead of using a measuring tape by holding the trim in place and then marking the section where you need to make your cut.
  • Dropping the miter saw blade on the work piece too fast can be dangerous and can likely results in a rough cut or splintered wood. This is very true when you are cutting narrow, thin pieces. Give the miter saw motor a few extra milliseconds to reach its full speed, and then lower the blade slowly as you cut.

Framework: Mark three section pieces at 58″ and six of them at 24″ and cut them out for frame of Island, by cutting the 1″ x 4″ pieces down.

​(6 pieces having the length of 1″ x 4″ x 24″)

​(3 pieces of 1″ x 4″ x 58″)

​Tips to follow:

  • Always reading off, mark your measurements with your eye vertically above the tape if it is horizontal, or in level with the tape. If you do not follow this, you won’t get the exact reading and a visual error called parallax, occurs and the mark of measurement you make will be inaccurate
  • Set a folding or wooden rule on the edge, when you are using it to mark your measurements on a work piece. Then these graduations on the face can be moved straight onto the work piece. If you are laying the rule flat instead, then the absence of any edge markings can make it difficult to mark these dimensions accurately.

When you’ve complete, set all the sections and countertop boards side-by-side to ensure that you have cut them to the exact same length.

Step 1c measure and cut

2) Putting It Together

In this next step you have to attach the section pieces you cut in last step (two 58″ pieces and four 24″ section’s pieces together). Connect all of those pieces in a desired shape which you can see in images below, by nailing at their each junction with the help of hammer. Joint the Center one, having the length of 1″ x 10″, countertop piece across the frame. And also have an overhang of one inch at each side. Then nail it into place.

02 putting it together

Put the remaining 1″ x 10″ pieces of board, which you have cut out 1st step, for countertop on each side of the countertop piece you nailed before and nail them too into the place.

​Wow! It’s getting something awesome in its shape! Isn’t it?

02 b putting it together

Flip this structure over and be prepared for attaching legs to it. Start to nail the legs you have cut before for it and move forward to complete your project. Take the pieces of legs and place them on each corner one by one while nailing, here, be sure that you have placed them securely, and then nail them. Put four nails per leg having two on each side of the leg

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Tips to follow:

  • Be careful in placing the legs of the table securely at the angle of 90-degrees with the countertop board. Otherwise, they would affect your Kitchen Island in putting it right side up.
  • Place legs on the corner tightly while putting nails in them.

Kitchen island’s legs can be as varied in size, thickness and shape as legs of dining chair. Think square columns that echo the style of your kitchen island of cabinetry in the kitchen, decorative wood corbels that add visual weight, or turned wood legs with roped, reeded or fluted detailing.

02 c putting it together

3) Checking Balance and Utilizing the Remaining Board

Now, after attaching the legs to it, you have almost done it half. Now, check the balance of the Island as you have attached it the legs. So, turn your kitchen Island in to upright position and check it if the island is balanced or not. Is it perfectly balanced? Your attached legs didn’t make it to tick-tack?

Perfect! You are good at it.

03 checking balance and utilizing the remaining board

Go ahead to your project’s completion, cut out the two 24″ section’s pieces and attach them to the legs of your Kitchen Island, on either end of the island, while nailing them. It should be 8″ off of the ground.

03 b checking balance and utilizing the remaining board

Nail the remaining 58″ of these section pieces by connecting the two 24″ measured pieces with it.

03 c checking balance and utilizing the remaining board

4) Sanding the Whole Kitchen Island

Before sanding your whole Kitchen Island, be sure to read the following instructions.

Use sandpaper or power tools for sanding. The grit, or grade, of sandpaper is based on the number of sand granules per square inch of sand paper. The higher the number, the finer will be the grade of sandpaper. Lower-numbered grades’ sandpapers denote coarser sandpaper. And the grit number is generally printed on the back of each sandpaper sheet.

​Fine and medium grades of sandpaper are mostly used in refinishing the furniture and antiques. The Coarse grits (those which are under #100) can damage a fine wood finish. The Medium grits (such as #120 and #150) are most useful for removing the old finish and scratches. The Fine grits (which are #220) are frequently used for a final light sanding of wood just before applying the stain to the wood.

​Power tools usage make sanding go faster, but needs heavy-duty of ones such as the belt sanders are designed for the heavier carpentry work and it could quickly ruin a fine antique. A lightweight rotary sander, a palm sander, is more suitable for refinishing.

04 sanding the whole kitchen Island

Now, using any desired sandpaper you want, you have to sand the whole Kitchen Island to smooth out its edges and surfaces.

5) Staining and Painting

You, as a DIY woodworker can save money by staining the unfinished furniture. But staining the wood is scary because it is permanent, and you don’t have to be careful. There are also a lot of products to use in staining, including water-based and oil-based stains and also wood conditioners, which can get a little bit confusing.

When working with stain, protect your eyes and skin by wearing safety glasses and disposable rubber gloves for hand’s care. But remember, anything that can permanently stain your wood can stain your fingers, too. Also wear old clothes while working, since some stain could spill.

​Following those steps, stain your Kitchen Island with the help of a brush or rag. Wipe off any excess stain if there. Let it dry for some time. Now you have a new awesome kitchen island.

05 stain the kitchen island

Here’s It’s Done! Sexy! An awesome Kitchen Island you get, Right? You will find this kitchen island is too awesome for words that you can’t believe why you didn’t think of this sooner.

You can also watch full video tutorial of Kitchen Island DIY here.

These easy steps will provide you help with a very basic kitchen island. Here, you can enhance its beauty by adding some decorative molding and visually appealing cabinet pulls.


Whether you have moved into your small kitchen with limited space, or you are planning on remodeling your kitchen, islands can be an awesome addition to your room. These Kitchen islands are not only great for counter space and storage; they are also the centre piece of any kitchen. Kitchen Islands are both decorative and functional, and can be customized to fit any decor. Once, if you determine the main use for your Kitchen Island, and find one that fits with the size of your kitchen, then you can make a quick decision on which island is right for your home.

A Kitchen island can bring new life to your kitchen. By adding storage space, additional counter space for clean-up and food prep, and a new space for informal dining, it can be a functional, versatile, and beautiful addition to your home.

For those of you, who are tight on a budget, never be afraid to spend less money. This wooden kitchen island is both substantial and classic. It all boils down to creativity and will be resourcefulness when it comes doing it yourself. You’ll save money and feel a sense of accomplishment when it’s complete. Above all, remember to stick to the plan and enjoy the process!

  • April 15, 2017
  • DIY