Some of you may be wondering what happened to the staircase project?! Since my last post about staining, we’ve installed our treads. I can’t tell you how great it is to finally have steps again!!! Now we’re just waiting to install the railings and balusters. I’ll post the remainder of the project once it’s fully complete.
So, this week I’m finally moving on to the kitchen. The kitchen was one of the first things we started here at The Mod House Project and probably one of the least talked about spaces on Pink Little Notebook. Little by little, I’ll be sharing some clever DIY projects that took place in this space.
To recap, we fully gutted our kitchen late last year to update and create a new layout using IKEA kitchen cabinets. It’s a small space but we wanted to utilize as much as we could. To create more counter space, we built our very own 7 -foot island that is also home to our kitchen sink and dishwasher. Here’s how we did it.
UPDATE: I bought my kitchen just before IKEA switched to the SEKTION line so all my measurements are based on the AKURUM cabinets. Adjust accordingly.
Based on our kitchen measurements, we have space to accommodate a 7′ x 3′ island. Before we began this project, we did have to relocate plumbing for the new location of the sink and dishwasher. Make sure you have that all set up prior to building an island.
Create a base
IKEA base cabinets come with adjustable plastic legs, which are great if you have uneven floors. I used these plastic legs for my base cabinets up against my back wall (see image below), however, you CANNOT use these legs when creating a standalone island. You need to build a sturdy base to hold the weight of your island, especially if you’re planning on using a stone countertop.
We created a wood platform that is tightly secured to the floor. We used 2″ x 6″ wood, which will prop our cabinets up at our desired height of 36″.
The reason why we have this oddly shaped base is because of the dishwasher (located to the right of the sink). The dishwasher needs to be able to roll into place, whereas, the base cabinets need to sit on top of the wood platform. And then, in order to put our back panel up, the back of the platform needs to extend behind the dishwasher as shown below.
Mike and Big Joe make sure that the base is properly levelled and secured to the floor. This is probably your most important step right here. If it’s off, your entire countertop will not be levelled when it comes time for installation.
Back cover panel
Before we went any further, we did a dry fit to make sure everything fit perfectly. Then we began securing each piece, staring with the PERFEKT LIDINGO cover panel (H 96″ x W 36″) which we trimmed to 84″. We secured this back panel from the inside of the wood base.
Next, we placed the cabinets on top of the wood platform and secured them down using a drill.
Now, here comes the confusing part. The reason why our platform is 5″ shorter than the base cabinets is to allow room for the front legs of the cabinet. You know, the ones I told you not to use!
We include the front legs only, which we are using strictly to attach the toe kicks (IKEA toe kicks snap on to the plastic legs).
If we didn’t have a dishwasher, I would have just nailed the toe kick to the wood base. Since we do have a dishwasher, we need easy access to get underneath the appliance if anything needs to be repaired or replaced in the future (extremely important!!).
Here’s a close up of the legs and toe kick (PERFEKT LIDINGO plinth, 88″ x 4″).
The below image is our old dishwasher which we ended up replacing with something a little sleeker. However, you could see how everything started to come together.
Using another PERFEKT LIDINGO cover panel cut-to-size, we created the side panels using the below measurements.
The panels were secure in place with heavy duty brackets which were placed inside the panel wall and along the floor hidden from view.
Since the toe kick (PERFEKT LIDINGO plinth, 88″ x 4″) have finished edges, this makes them perfect to complete the front of theses boxes. To secure them, we used wood glue and finishing nails.
After we completed our structure, we waited for our quartz countertops to be installed (purchased through IKEA as well). In the end, we were so happy with the results. The island is extremely sturdy and our countertops and sink were the perfect finishing touch.
If you want to take this one step further, you could use the toe kicks to create box panels on the sides of the island simply by nailing them in place. Not only would the added detail look amazing but would pair up nicely with the shaker cabinets. Something we are considering for the future!
Would you create your own kitchen island?
*Click through these links to see more about our kitchen plans, kitchen sink, how to disguise a kitchen soffit, a kitchen recap, about our wallpaper, DIY built-in bench, DIY upholstered bench seat, about our kitchen chairs and our kitchen reveal.