How to Make an Island Out of a Kitchen Dining Table

Written by erin moseley
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The kitchen is the centre of many homes, a place of supreme allure and constant activity. It is usually the last place family members assemble before going out and where they stop first when returning home. It makes sense to make something special for the room where everyone hangs out. Without too much fuss, you can recycle that old table into a fantastic kitchen island that enables even more family bonding as the new command centre.

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Things you need

  • Plywood
  • 2-by-4 and 4-by-4 wood
  • Hammer and nails
  • Drill and screws
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Stencils
  • Stools

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  1. 1

    Place the kitchen table into the desired island location. You can achieve many new looks for your island depending on your fashion taste and on your expectations for function. You may create a movable, freestanding island on casters, or make it stationary by nailing or gluing it to the floor.

  2. 2

    Increase the table height to that of the countertops for a cohesive kitchen look. Replace the table legs and add longer ones. Turn the table upside down and remove screws and nails, and then remove existing legs.

  3. 3

    Cut 4-by-4 wood poles to create new legs of the desired height. Drill angled holes into the table bottom at the edges, and attach the new legs there with screws.

  4. 4

    Cut enough 2-by-4 wood poles to make a frame among the four legs. Nail the 2-by-4s to the legs at the lower end near the bottom. This will help secure the new sides of the island. Nail or glue the island legs to the floor.

  5. 5

    Measure and cut four sheets to be used for side panels on the island. Use plywood, wood panelling or drywall. Covering up the sides of the island can make it look large and significant. Nail the panels to the legs, bottom frame and sides of the tabletop.

  6. 6

    Customise the new sides with paint or wood stain, or create your own decorative designs using stencils. Kids will especially like having their own shapes and patterns to look at every day.

  7. 7

    Add tall kitchen stools around the newly designed island. This final touch will make the island an irresistible centre of attraction for eating or just hanging out.

Tips and warnings

  • Add a low shelf to one or more sides of the island to accommodate people in wheelchairs.

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