Since I wanted a kitchen island and I was lucky enough to have an extra set of 2 double doored cabinets in my dining room originally. I decided to use both of the bottom cabinets to make my kitchen island. These match my cupboards in the kitchen so it should be a good starting point
Step 1: Find a Set of 2 Lower Cabinets (if You're Not Lucky to Have Them Already)
If you dont have any lower cabinets have a look at Restore/online etc or buy new I guess? But i like to reuse/recyle
I set the one cabinet in the kitchen just to get an idea of what it might look like when I'm finished
you should also have at least 3 feet of walking space around your whole island and it looks like I'm right on the measurement here so that's awesome!
As you can see there's more reno's going on than just the dining room. I'm actually moving in to a modular home and it needs work, let me tell you! That's all part of the fun though, eh
The plan is to stain the cupboards ebony but still show the woodgrain...but that's a whole other reno...
back to my island idea..
I used L brackets and screws (that way if you ever need to dismantle them it's very easy)
I had the L brackets and screws laying around so no cost there but even if you bought these items the cost is minimal
Each cabinet is 24" x 48" so I am looking to make my countertop...48" x 48" and then add the extra 12" - 13" to the one side
so the total top will be 48" x 60"..
I'm off to Home Depot to get a piece of MDF - 3/4" x 49" x 97" (a bit long but I have a plan for using the extra wood...more on that project later)..total cost $41.67 plus tx
then add an extra 12 - 13 Inches on one/two sides to put bar stools underneath
Step 5: Adding the Top Countertop
remember to add on the extra overhang amount you've decided on
I ended up adding on and extra 13" on 2 sides so I'll have 2 stools on one side and and extra 2 stools on the end
First I layed the MDF on the floor 'right side down' and next I cut off some 1" x 2" strips of wood the length of measurement of MDF length and width
I built the frame on the backside of the MDF board so basically I had a framed square the size of my 2 base cabinets..the plan is to have the frame hold the top in place so it doesnt shift, once I set it on top the base cabinets
Next I used more of the 1" x 2" strips of wood cut to length and screwed them onto the overhang sides to make the thickness appear to be the same as the other flush edges
once I had screwed the strips of wood to the back of the MDF it was just a matter of flipping the board over and placing it on top the 2 lower cabinets
Step 6: Finishing Off My Island
you can also see the 'frame' I added to the edges to make it appear to be the thickness of a counter
I placed the stools around the counter overhang sides just to be sure they fit...they do! so that's a good thing
well, that's it for my 'island' from 2 base cabinets...I think it looks amazing, plus it'll give me so much more counterspace...and the total cost was ...wait for it..less than $50...I'd say that's definitely...'on the cheap'!
**dont forget to check out my 'faux granite' countertop finish in mynewestproject...yet another 'on the cheap' project for the future
here's a sneak peak at my newest project...'faux granite' countertop finish...for now Im just going to use a foam roller and roll on my base coat..