Building a Kitchen Island in 4 Easy Steps

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  • 3-5 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 1,000-1,500
What You'll Need
2 bathroom vanities
1 length of countertop
1 backboard of your choice
Wood screws
Liquid nails adhesive
Finishing nails

When I purchased my home a few years ago, there were a couple of things that I instantly knew I was going to have to focus on. One was the lack of closet space, and the other was the lack of kitchen counter space. The closet space issue was quickly resolved, but the kitchen counter issue was a little more difficult to handle. Because the kitchen sided up to the dining room, there was no way I could extend the counters out. So, I figured it was time for a kitchen island.

Kitchen islands, if you have visited the home improvement store anytime recently, can cost quite a bit of money. But, if all you're looking for is some additional counter space with some extra storage beneath, then here is a simple way to build your own kitchen island in just four easy steps.

Step 1 - Gather Your Materials

The first thing you will have to do is head to your local home improvement supply store to pick up the items on your materials list. When you're there, measure the length of the bathroom vanities when placed side-by-side. You can purchase pre-made countertops. Choose the one you like and have the professionals at the store cut it to your measurements.

Step 2 - Secure Vanities Together

When you are ready to assemble, line the vanities up side-by-side first. Use wood screws to secure both vanities together. You will want to screw them in on the inside, ensuring that the screws sink into the thickest areas of the other vanity. This will help secure them better and prevent sharp screws from entering the storage area where they can cut someone.

Step 3 - Attach Backboard

Measure the total length and width of the backside of the full unit. Cut your backboard to those dimensions. This piece is needed to provide your kitchen island with a polished appearance, so it doesn't look like two vanities secured to each other. You can use beadboard, faux wood board, or whatever type you like. When you have it cut to size, use Liquid Nails to glue it to the backside of the kitchen island. Then, use finishing nails around the perimeter to keep it in place.

Step 4 - Add Countertop

Lastly, use the Liquid Nails to secure the countertop to the top of the kitchen island. Allow it to fully dry for about 24 hours. You can use your imagination and customize your kitchen island by replacing the countertop with a pre-cut length of plywood topped with kitchen tiles of your choice, or you can add casters to give the island some maneuverability. When you build your own, the choices are endless.