Hello busy busy busy summer! So much has happened this month. Between us going to Tucson to visit my Dad for Father’s Day, working, training, having birthday parties, planning bridal showers, and being the most dutiful matron of honor to my best friend Brina that I can be, there hasn’t been a whole lot of time for building. But, with some very special new building friends, I am so proud of this new kitchen island we built!
Gaby and Andres, two of the kindest people I’ve ever met, needed an island to add storage and functionality to their kitchen. Gaby loves all things Restoration Hardware (which automatically means that we are soul mates) and really liked the look of Restoration’s Salvaged Wood Kitchen Island. There were three problems with the island: 1. It’s $3000. Holy crap. 2. It was way too big. 3. They really wanted drawers for additional storage. So, together we came up with this project plan.
One of the best parts of building this island was that Gaby was able to find this stunning reclaimed wood. We used a mixture of pine and oak for a ”patchwork” look. We wanted it to feel like someone really took whatever they had to piece it together.
Check out this detail on the top from the milling. You can’t fake that!
Here’s another angle so that you can see how the drawers seamlessly fit in:
On a side note, we also had a very helpful assistant, their pup, Africa. Poor thing pooped out about 5 minutes in.
I had so much fun building with Gaby and her husband, Andres. Even though this was their first build, within about an hour it felt like we had been building together forever. I can’t wait to have them back to build something else! (There are talks of a bed in our future…) But, man, they’ve gotta whip that dog into shape! Then again, this is about how much fun Piper has in the garage:
Yeah. That’s a yawn. She is clearly her father’s daughter.
Estimated Cost: $75-100
Dimensions as listed above.
2 – 1×4 @ 8 ft
1 – 1×6 @ 8 ft
1 – 2×4 @ 4 ft
7 – 2×6 @ 8 ft
2 – 4×4 @ 6 ft
1/2 – sheet of 1/4″ plywood
Hardware and Supplies:
3 – Knobs or Drawer Pulls (optional)
3 – set of 12″ Bottom Mount Drawer Slides
1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
2 1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws
1 1/4″ Finishing Nails
Medium Grit Sandpaper
Primer or Wood Conditioner
Paint or Stain
Circular or Jig Saw (For cutting plywood. You could also use a table saw.)
2 – 1×4 @ 14″ – Short drawer inside back
1 – 1×4 @ 14 1/2″ – Long drawer inside back
4 – 1×4 @ 16″ – Drawer interior sides
1 – 1×4 @ 47″ – Top Support
2 – 1×6 (Ripped to 4 5/8″ wide) – Short drawer front
1 – 1×6 (Ripped to 4 5/8″ wide) – Long drawer front
2 – 1×6 (Ripped to 4 3/4″ wide) – Drawer Support
2 – 2×4 @ 21″ – Leg Support
1 – 2×6 @ 47″ – Long Apron
2 – 2×6 @ 14″ – Short Apron
2 – 2×6 @ 55″ – Bottom Shelf
4 – 2×6 @ 56″ – Top Plank
4 – 4×4 @ 34 1/2″ – Legs
2 – 1/4″ PLY @ 16 3/4″ x 14″ – Short drawer bottom
1 – 1/4″ PLY @ 16 3/4″ x 14 1/2″ – Long drawer bottom
Make sure to re-measure and check for square after every step. Sometimes when building your measurements can be off very slightly, and it’s important that your numbers are exact. (Especially when working with doors and drawers!) Measure your available space before building this plan to make sure that it will fit. Please read through the entire plan before getting started.
Notch out the bottom of your legs as shown above. Before you get started, make sure that your 2×4 leg support is exactly 3 1/2″ wide. If it’s larger or smaller, make sure you’re notching out enough for it to fit inside in the next step. Ana has a great tutorial on how to very easily notch boards. I’ve included that below.
Add leg support. Make sure when you’re nailing and gluing that you clamp the boards together while they dry. Since we were using reclaimed wood and the glue wasn’t sticking as well as new boards, we also added 2 2 1/2″ screws from the back side to further secure them into place.
Add side aprons to the top of the leg piece. It should be flush with what will be the inside of your island. Repeat steps 1-3 to create the other leg.
Now is when it starts to look like an island! Attach the back apron and top support to your two legs.
Screw the bottom shelf boards into your leg support from the top. You could also attach them from your leg support using a Kreg Jig, but we liked the more industrial, rustic feel of the exposed screw. Remember to countersink your holes! Also, feel free to get create with your placement. Gaby preferred for there to be a gap in between the boards, but you can also keep them touching.
Attach drawer supports. We cut a scrap board to use as a spacer to make sure that the drawers were spaced correctly. Take note that the center drawer is 1/2″ wider than the two outside drawers. It’s very important that this step is exact.
Create the insides of your drawers. Make sure to re-measure all of the gaps in your island to make sure that they will fit – sometimes things can shift a little! You want to make sure that the drawers are exactly 1″ narrower than the space to allow for drawer slides.
Install the drawer slides as per your manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure that when your drawers are installed there’s a small space underneath them so that when your drawer front is attached you can reach under the drawer and pull it out by the lip.
To attach the drawer fronts, center them into the space, leaving about 1/8″ on the top and both sides, then add a few nails to temporarily keep them in place. Then, pull out your drawer and screw it in using your pocket holes.
Attach your top boards together using your Kreg Jig before screwing it into the base. We used pocket holes to attach it from underneath, but you can also screw it in from the top using 2 1/2″ nails.
Finish your project as desired. Make sure to sand it down with medium grit sand paper and fill in all your holes with wood filler before tackling that paint or stain. For more tips on finishing, visit The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Finishing.