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How to build your own kitchen island

Do you want your own Kitchen Island to stock up all your ingredients and experiment as and when you want without any hassle? Well, not to worry anymore, you can easily set up your own Kitchen Island space with just a few items and make a haven for yourself.

You can create extra space and counters for your dishes and storage without spending any extra money. All you need is old stock cabinets or dressing tables.

Things you will need to build your own kitchen:

  • Old dressers or stock cabinets
  • Wood pieces
  • Screws
  • Paint
  • Wood stakes
  • Wood glue
  • Nails
  • Screwdrivers
  • Wood trim tape
  • Paint brushes

Steps to follow:

Prepare your dressing table or stock cabinet

If you are using your old dressing table or stock cabinet to make the kitchen island, then first you need to remove all the drawers and trims.

Once you are done, you need to smoothen the interiors with the use of sandpaper and then paint the interiors of the table. You can also paint the top of the table if you want.

Adding the trim tape

Now, you can add color to the wooden board you will be using as the island top but before that, you need to apply the wood trim tape to the edges of the board.

Once you have applied it, stick it with the heat of an iron and then apply stain to the wood with the help of brushes. Let it dry and finish with a coat of Varathane.

Cover your outer surface with a wallpaper

Get a suitable bead board wallpaper and use it to cover the three exterior surfaces of the dresser. Make sure that you apply it properly and only after reading the instructions thoroughly.

Then give some time to the paper to dry and if you have colored your interiors with something other than white, you might want to paint your wallpaper with the same color too.

Attach the top counter

Now time to attach the wooden board to your dresser top surface and make your island countertop. You will need to use glue to perform this task and make sure you let the wooden board hang over the back side of the cabinet so that you can place stools and chairs under that.

You will also be able to use your overhang part as a dessert bar or a breakfast bar. Use generous amounts of glue, you don’t want your kitchen island top to be falling down under a little pressure.

Fit your shelves and put the final touches

Now you can make shelves under your island top with the help of mounts and make sure that you position your first mount 3-inches from the left of the cabinet and your second mount 3-inches from the right of the cabinet and then use screws and screwdrivers to keep them in place.

Once that is done, you can put back the top drawers inside the cabinet and you can place your basket organizers on the new shelves. Your new Kitchen island storage space is ready to use now!

And if that wasn’t enough here’s how to make a movable one

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