How to Add a Kitchen Island

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Adding a kitchen island is a great option for seating, especially if you do not have a large amount of seating space. Kitchen islands are great for providing extra storage in a kitchen as well. By using a few base kitchen cabinets, you can create a beautiful working area that contains ample seating for serving food as well. Some home owners prefer kitchen islands because they provide a space to interact with friends or family while the host is preparing food.

Things You'll Need

  • 24-inch base cabinet
  • 12-inch base cabinet
  • 12-inch drawer base cabinet
  • 4-by-8 drywall sheet (1)
  • 4-by-8 sheet of particle board (2)
  • 4-by-8 sheets of Formica (2)
  • Formica cutters
  • Formica glue
  • Wood glue
  • Clear caulking
  • Drywall plaster
  • Drywall saw
  • Drywall screws
  • Electric screwdriver
  • Hand saw
  • Tape measure
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Paint
  • Rubber glove
  • Determine where the island will be placed. Place the 24-inch base cabinet in the center of the location, with one 12-inch base cabinet placed on either side. Mark this area on the floor and remove the cabinets.

  • Cut the frame for the island wall. Cut four sections of 2-by-4 that measure 39 inches in length. Cut two more sections of 2-by-4 that measure 47 inches in length.

  • Cut the drywall for the island. Cut two sections that measure 4 inches wide by 41 inches tall. Cut two more sections that measure 41 inches tall by 47 inches wide.

  • Construct the frame. Place the two 47-inch sections on a flat surface. Nail a 39-inch section on the inner edge of each end and connect the bottom to the second 47-inch section. Evenly space the remaining two 39-inch sections between the two end pieces, and hammer two nails into each end.

  • Place the frame. Place the frame in the area immediately behind the designated space for the cabinets. Nail the frame structure directly into the floor with three nails between each vertical wood piece.

  • Attach the drywall to the frame. Attach the end pieces to the frame end, placing one drywall screw every 12 inches along the height of the frame. Attach the front and back drywall pieces, placing screws every 12 inches apart through each frame board.

  • Finish the drywall. Apply drywall plaster over every crack and screw top. Allow the plaster to dry for two to three hours before sanding. Apply a second coat if necessary or paint in a preferred color. Place the cabinets back against the new wall.

  • Cut the particle board to size. You will need two sections of particle board that measure 48 inches wide and 25 inches deep. Cut two more sections that measure 48 inches wide and 18 inches deep.

  • Attach the particle board to the cabinets. Line the top of the cabinets with wood glue and gently press the particle board onto the top of the cabinets, leaving a slight overhang on the front of the cabinet. Cover the top of the first layer with wood glue and firmly press the second layer of particle board onto the first layer.

  • Attach the particle board to the wall. Place the first layer of particle board on top of the wall, to create a 4-inch over hang to the cabinets and a 10-inch over hang on the opposite side. Hammer nails directly into the particle board to connect it to the wall, spacing nails every 12 inches along the length of the wall. Apply a thick layer of wood glue to the top of the particle board and press the second layer of particle board firmly to the first layer.

  • Cut the Formica for the countertops. You will need three sections of Formica that measure 1 inch high by 48 inches long. Cut two more sections that measure 1 inch high by 25 inches long. And two sections that measure 1 inch high by 18 inches long. Cut one section that measures 18 inches deep by 48 inches long and the final section that measures 25 inches deep and 48 inches long.

  • Attach the Formica to the cabinet countertop. Apply a thick layer of Formica glue to the top surface of the particle board and press down the 25-inch by 48-inch section of Formica. Apply a thick layer of Formica glue to each end and attach the two 1-inch by 25-inch sections. Apply a thick layer of Formica glue to the front edge of the countertop and press the 1-inch by 48-inch strip to the front.

  • Attach the Formica to the raised wall section countertop. Apply a thick layer of Formica glue to the top particle board and firmly press on the 18-inch by 48-inch section of Formica. Apply another thick layer of Formica glue to each end edge, and attach the 1-inch by 18-inch sections. Finish the countertop by applying a thick layer of Formica glue to the front and back edges of the counter and press on the 1-inch by 48-inch sections to each end.

  • Finish the island. Apply a thin layer of clear caulking around every corner of the Formica. Gently smooth away the caulking with a gloved finger to create a water-proof seal.

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