$30 DIY Kitchen Island

My kitchen is fairly large but it lacks storage and counter space. I’ve always wanted a kitchen island but the prices (even for the small ones) blow my mind. Luckily, I found this great blog. This gal builds everything with 2x4s. To make this DIY kitchen island I used this plan but  modified it by adding a second shelf.

For this project I purchased
5 2x4s @10’
2 2x4s @8’
3 knobs (50 cents each)
Total: $30.60

I already had screws, wood glue, Minwax stain, and paint. I also used my 10% off coupon at Lowes.


Since I don’t have a Kreg jig, I created my own pocket holes with my drill. Here is a great tutorial.


I bought this drill at an estate sale for $1.50. The old fashioned kind you plug in.


I added faux drawers since I don’t know how to make real ones (yet).


I love the chunky wood and rustic look of this DIY kitchen island.
The perfect kitchen island for my kitchen.

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79 thoughts on “$30 DIY Kitchen Island

      1. OMG, Sabine! What breed o’ doggie is Billie, because he’s exactly what I’ve been looking for? Some kind of terrier, I know, but WHAT kind? And your island is amazing. LOL. 😉

        1. Hi Rene. Billy is a Havanese/Maltese breed. They are known to be very smart.He is super friendly, energetic, loving, playful and only weighs 6 pounds. Thanks for stopping by, Rene.

  1. Great island! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

  2. That came out great and looks better than most for sale at the shops! Very, very cool! Please check out our party, Merry Monday, and link up (or come for next week’s party)! We’d love to show off your work! Julia @Happy House and Home

    1. Thank you for the nice comment and for stopping by. Building the island was actually fairly easy. Have a great day!

  3. Wow, I love it! My brother, his wife, and 1 year old son live in Nashville too. I’m going to try and make one of these for resale. Thanks for the tutorial.

    1. Thanks, Lori. Hope your brother and his family love Nashville as much as we do. Making this kitchen island for resale is an excellent idea. Craigslist sometimes has similar for $300.

      1. Yes, Sabines, my brother is very happy. It took him till his 50s to find true love and happiness and becoming a Dad again at age 53 has really given him purpose. As for the kitchen island resale value; I knew it would sell well! Thanks again!

      2. Oh and one more thing; that dang thing looks good without stain or paint! I love the way it looks natural. I bet a few of my customers will too! Great job and thanks again. I truly appreciate anything I can learn from here.

        1. I like the look of natural wood, too. i just refinished my hardwood floors and didn’t bother staining them. The light color makes the house look bigger. It has this Scandinavian feel to it. Thanks for stopping by, Lori and good luck with your kitchen island.

  4. I bet it takes help to move it!…..lolol. I sure would love to have the space for one. My home is a heritage one and the kitchen is about the size of a “normal” walk-in closet…..DRAT!
    My cost wouldn’t be as high as yours was because I am only 4′ 11″, so wouldn’t need to build it as tall…..snicker……..
    Have a great day and keep on, keeping on.
    Ciao! from Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.

    1. Carol Ann, I feel ya. My kitchen is large, but my bathroom (the only one in the house) is the size of a walk-in closet too.

  5. I love what you did. My daughter just moved into a new place in Murfreesboro (howdy neighbor!) and her kitchen could really use an island. I’ve been pricing ones like yours on Craig’s list and can I say, Wow! Not so inexpensive! I already bought her a vintage blacksmith hanging pot rack for Christmas. What a wonderful surprise to give her a homemade kitchen island to go with it! Can you give the dimensions on the wood pieces for me? I am like you, I’ll be asking the nice folks at Lowe’s or Home Depot to make the cuts! Thanks for sharing such an awesome project! Yours turned out beautiful!

    1. Thank you, Karen. Your daughter is very lucky to have a nice mom like you. One advice, tell the guys at Lowe’s to cut super straight. They can get a bit sloppy sometimes.

  6. Hi Miss Sabine,
    gorgeous!
    can i ask for the exact stain & paint that you used, and how?
    thank u for your time.

    1. Hi Lizza,

      The paint was just some leftover white latex paint I had. I think it was Benjamin Moore. The stain was Minwax Dark Walnut. Thank you for stopping by.

  7. I’m sorry but this tutorial is Not $30
    I went to Lowe’s and for the same cuts of wood it’ll cost me $50.
    Please don’t mislead people.

    1. Rae, I’m sorry you feel that way. I’m certainly not misleading anyone. As a single mom, I am always on a very tight budget and I certainly know how much I spend on things. At my local Lowes 2x4x8s retail for under $3 and 2x4x10s for $4.Besides, I built this island a year ago when prices were even lower.They didn’t charge me to do the cuts.I know I spent less than $30 on wood.

  8. Rae: I’m just going to say it! If you can’t say anything positive then say nothing g at all! Sabines said she paid $30 and has absolutely zero (0) reason to mislead or lie!

    1. I’m in total agreement with you on this. This is how much it costs her. Maybe it’s more expensive in your area or maybe you bought a more expensive cut. No need to bash the lady

  9. You have a project on your blog, wood box, that’s how you make drawers, just that most drawers aren’t 2 X 4’s use 1/2″ maple plywood,

    I just started a new kitchen and bought 2 sheets of 3/4″ 4 X8 Oak plywood and a sheet of 1/2″ maple for 6″ drawers with a flush 1/2″ bottom; made a 40″ base for the sink and a 30″ deep by 24″ wide end that makes a 3 drawer base at the end of the sink unit for a start of a peninsula with a cook top. Retail cost over 150.00$, found the floor manager and pointed out the last 2 sheets in the rack were damaged and that’s why they had been sorted out ” delam” on the edges, offered to buy if the can discount, he said yes and wrote up a sales ticket for the cashier, better than I expected with sales tax under 70.00$. A win win they don’t have to pay to dump and I can get my project started without mortgaging my first born. I still have after cutting out the 2 cabinets and the drawers materials to build other units.

    1. Wow, you got yourself a great deal. I love it when that happens!It’s impressive to hear that you can build your own kitchen. Wow!

  10. hi there GREAT JOB. I saw this on Pinterest and decided to try and make it too. and the nice guy at my Lowes cut my 2x4x9 for me for fee and the total cost of the wood was 29.84 before taxes. i am so looking forward to making this on Saturday. Thanks for the inspiration

    1. Hi Dannielle. I am so happy to hear Lowe’s cut your wood for free. I find that if they’re not too busy, they don’t mind making lots of cuts. Have fun building… I’d love to see a pic of your island when it’s done. Thanks for reading!

    1. Hannah, if you click on the link in my post you’ll see all the necessary steps. I modified my build by adding a second shelf.

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