How to Convert a Base Cabinet to an Island With Legs

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You can convert regular base cabinets into island cabinets yourself. Base cabinets come with a toe kick installed on the front that typically raises the cabinet off the floor by approximately four inches. By mounting decorative legs on the corners of the cabinet to support its weight, you can cut off the toe kick to make the island free-standing. This not only increases the beauty of the island, but gives you the ability to clean the floor underneath it as well.

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Straight-edge ruler
  • Circular saw
  • Power drill
  • 1 1/4-inch grabber screws (1 box)
  • 1 1/2-inch grabber screws (32)

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  1. 1

    Invert the base cabinet to lay it on its top to cut off the toe kick from the bottom.

  2. 2

    Mark a straight line on the sides of the cabinet where the toe kick will be cut using a straightedge and a pencil. Mark this line on both sides of the cabinet.

  3. 3

    Cut the toe kick off the cabinet using a circular saw. If multiple cabinets are to be screwed together to make up the island, cut the remaining cabinet toe kicks in the same manner.

  4. 4

    If multiple cabinets are being screwed together, attach them together using a power drill and 1 1/4-inch grabber screws. Align the face of the two cabinets together.

  5. 5

    Place a decorative leg on the side of the cabinet. Mount the leg so that it is flush with the top of the cabinet. Let the remainder of the leg extend past the bottom of the cabinet to allow the island to be raised off the floor.

  6. 6

    Attach the leg to the cabinet using 1 1/2-inch grabber screws. Use at least six screws on each leg.

  7. 7

    Continue attaching each leg in the same manner until you have attached all four legs.

  8. 8

    Turn the cabinet right-side-up.

Tips and warnings

  • When using the circular saw, wear eye protective glasses.

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