Kitchen Island

Kitchen Island

Create a convenient food-prep space with lots of storage with this rolling kitchen island.

5 col

: Advanced

Old table
220-grit sandpaper
Painter’s tape
4' x 4' birch wood board
(4) 4' × 2" piece of birch wood with mitered ends
(4) 10" × 2" piece of birch wood with mitered ends
Wood glue
Nail gun
1½" Brad nails
1½" screws
Countersink drill bit
Safety glasses
4 Steel casters
Cabinet or storage from a local furniture store
Kitchen accessories (magnetic knife rack, towel hooks, hang bars, etc.)


1. First, assemble the birch wood base. Use wood glue to attach a 4' × 2" birch wood piece to the 4' × 4' birch wood board. Secure in place with 1½" brad nails in the center and at both ends

2. Place the first 10" × 2" mitered birch wood corner piece with one end against the 4' × 2" piece, and the opposite end flush with the open edge of the 4' × 4' board. Secure in place with 1½" brad nails from the outside of the 4' × 2" birch wood piece

3. Add a line of wood glue on the next piece of 4' × 2" birch wood, and attach to the 4' × 4' board perpendicular to the piece attached in step 1 and the mitered corner piece from step 2. Secure in place with 1½" brad nails in the center and at both ends. Secure the corner piece in place from the outside as in step 2

4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 to complete the remaining trim and corner pieces

5. Fill any holes with wood putty, and sand smooth

6. Flip the table over and secure your base to the legs of the table using a drill and 1½" screws. Be sure the flat side of the base is face down

7. To attach casters to each corner piece at the bottom of the base, pre-drill a hole using the drill and a countersink drill bit, and then drill in 1½" screws

8. Once all of the castors are secured, flip the table over to paint it

9. Prepare to paint the island top by using painter’s tape to isolate the area that will be painted and protect the tile. All exposed wood will be painted

10. Start by painting the legs of the table using a paintbrush. Be sure to paint inside all of the nooks of the table so none of the original paint shows through

11. Paint the table surfaces using a paint roller and any finishing touches using a brush

12. Let the first coat of paint dry completely, and then add a second coat

13. Allow to dry for 5 hours

14. Decorate the kitchen island with a cabinet for storage and kitchen accessories

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