One of my favorite home projects I’ve done so far has to be this DIY kitchen island makeover I recently completed! There are so many things we love about our new home, but there are also so many things we wish we could have upgrade right from the start. One of these home items was the kitchen island. As you can see from the first photo below, there wasn’t much to it! So I decided to strip the island of it’s builder grade materials and completely makeover the kitchen island!

I spent a good amount of time browsing photos on Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration. If there was no budget for the project, I would have easily gone with replacing the countertop all together and doing a marble waterfall…but I guess I’ll save that for our next home! Instead, I decided on doing a simple, yet elegant design that added a couple side panels with some subtle trim. The entire process took about a week, with a majority the word work being complete within the first few days. Feel free to leave a comment below with any questions!

A before photo of our DIY kitchen island makeover

I first began with the side panels. For these, I used 2″x2″ strips of pine. I anchored them into the island with wood screws, and added a 2×2 board across the panels to provide support for the countertop.

A before photo of our DIY kitchen island makeover
Construction update of our DIY Kitchen island makeover

Once the framing for the panels was complete, I covered each side of the island with a 1/4″ piece of plywood. I then started added trim using various sized of poplar.

Progress photo from our kitchen island makeover

I wanted the island to look completely custom, so I wrapped the plywood completely around the backside of the island. I added the same trim as well.

Progress photo from our kitchen island makeover

Progress Photos of our DIY kitchen island makeover

Occasionally, I like to with at the island with my computer and get work done. I added a new outlet that allows me to plug in various USB devices to charge.

I had intended to add 1-1/2″ strips of poplar to the inside of what I had already boxed out. However, I realized it was going to be a pretty difficult job to get proper spacing between the framed trim, so I decided to rip half inch pieces of plywood on the table saw and add those from trim instead. I ended up preferring the look much more as it seemed to look more consistent in design to our cabinets. Had I decide this beforehand, I would not have primed everything first.

Progress photo from our kitchen island makeover
Painting progress photo from our kitchen island makeover
Progress photo from our kitchen island makeover

I primed the island twice, then added two coats of Sherwin Williams Satin Extra White paint.

Finished photo from our kitchen island makeover

I’m extremely happy with how how DIY kitchen island makeover turned out! Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below! If you would like to see more of our DIY home projects click here!


Our DIY Kitchen Island Makeover

Our Home

January 31, 2022





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