How to Build a Custom Kitchen Island?

My article today will teach you how to make an affordable kitchen island with things like stock cabinets, bead board, a stainless-steel countertop and glazes.How to Build a Custom Kitchen Island?



Before starting making a kitchen island, you need to get some tools ready, including:

  • A square
  • A chop saw
  • A trim saw
  • A reciprocating saw
  • Rags
  • Safety glasses
  • Clamps
  • An electric drill with screwdriver attachment
  • A combination square
  • A finish nailer


And below are necessary materials:

  • moldings
  • cabinet feet
  • corbels
  • countertop
  • glaze
  • glue
  • nails
  • screws
  • shims
  • stock cabinets


To have a kitchen island built, you need to follow steps as follow:

Step 1: Choose proper-sized stock cabinets

Let’s starting by picking materials of your favorite types and colors, such as molding, stock cabinets, toe kick, feet, glazes, and corbels

The stock cabinets are likely to be trimmed down to make sure that the cabinets’ height is unchanged. And the simplest way to do this is to modify the toe kick’s height. Then, identify the point to cut the toe kick, using a square and a trim saw. Before cutting, make sure that you have removed every nails, staples, and screws.

Use a hammer to tap the toe kick several times until one of the sides gets popped right off. Now, cut the rest side of the toe kick.

To make sure that you will have a settled toe kick on both of the island’s side, mark the point of 3 ½” at the side of the toe kick and then cut it with a reciprocating saw.

Step 2: Include the Bead board

A bead board will help to cover the empty side around the cabinets. It is recommended using one-fourth shims of the empty place on the cabinets and adjusting for the bead board to evenly line up on the two sides, then, using five-eighth nails with a texture nail gun to tie the shims to the cabinet.

Keep the cabinets in its place with clamps; remember to adjust until everything are in line.

Split the bead board to size, using a table saw.

Get the bead board fastened to the base cabinet, making sure that the bead board is in line with the front edge of the two wall cabinets. After that, remember to fasten into the hollows to avoiding filling in nail holes later.

Step 3: Place Toe Kick and Oak Wrap

To fix the cabinets, make holes and then bolt in one and one fourth screws.

Place the toe kick in the other sides. Add wood glue carefully for a strong and durable bond, then fix the toe kick into its place.

After that, fix nailing blocks and nail together.

Cover the toe kick with oak wrap.

Fix the oak wrap in place with glue, adjust to have it flushed and nailed in place with five eighth nails.

Step 4: Insert the Feet

It’s time to insert feet for the island.

Identify the place of the foot on the filler block, making sure that it is at the center, equally far from the corner

Fix the foot and the filler block, using glue

Nail the filler block to the island.

Put corner molding to cover corners at which the bead board and the oak are in contact.

Step 5:  Include Decorative Molding

Cut rope molding to its proper size, using a chop. Put a piece of oak behind the rope molding to avoid splitting. Make a- 45-degree angle meter cut. Fasten it to the island’s bottom. Kitchen Island

Step 6: Paint the Cabinets, Drill for Hardware

Now, it’s time to paint the cabinets, toe kick and molding, then drill holes for hardware.

Step 7: Insert Corbels to Upkeep Countertop

Corbels are very important to upkeep the island’s countertop. Use 2 brackets to upkeep the countertop, making sure that the brackets are far from each other and both a half far from the edge.

Step 8: Paint and Glaze the Island

Before placing it on the countertop, remember to paint and glaze it. This will help to add color and give the island a real texture.

Step 9: Install the Countertop

As the counter top gets dried, it’s time to install it. Before installing it on the cabinet, measure every way around to have it overhung equally on all the sides.

Clip five-eighth screws into the brackets and nail them in place on the solid wood undersurface.

Now you have a complete new custom kitchen island to use.

Final Words

Above are detailed steps to make a custom kitchen island. Are you planning to build a kitchen island? So follow this.

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