DIY HUGE Kitchen Island

DIY HUGE Kitchen Island

In case you haven’t caught on by now, I am DIY obsessed. And when I run out of things to DIY in my own house….I just move onto my family members houses. Which works out well for them, I reckon.

My sister, Amy is a crazy excellent cook. Cooking is to her what design and decorating is to me. Amy lives with her family in a farmhouse built-in 1903. We all know how I feel about farmhouses, so no need to express my love for her house. Her kitchen is really big and had huge potential for being an awesome work space for her to create wonderful food magic in. When they first purchased the home, this is what the kitchen looked like.


Not horrrrrrrrrible. But not great either. I love wood – but this kitchen literally threw up wood. It’s like “hey, I’m a kitchen made only of wood. Wood you pull up a seat and wood you like something to drink?”. I’m so weird. That was funnier in my brain.

Anyway – she painted the cabinets white and then a subtle creamy yellow on all the wood walls. It’s looking good now! But we’re still not maximizing this kitchen’s potential!! She has more.


Amy has always dreamed of having a HUGE island – where she can bake me lots of chocolate cookies. Ok. Maybe not. It’s probably more for the convenience of feeding her 3 children, but whatever. I pitched to her the idea of ditching her high top kitchen table (that came with the house when they bought it) and putting in her dream island. We would then build her a farm table and put it in her living room. Her living room has this huge dead space that would be perfect for dining – but that’s another post that will be coming soon.

I knew we could just build her island around a few salvaged cabinets, so we set out on a quest. We weren’t able to find a set of matching cabinets but she was able to find a pair of completely opposite – not even close to being the same – not even the same height, length or width – cabinets. Eh. Good enough.

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We used them as the foundation and just built the frame around them. We made it all work and managed to get it all done in one day! We added some gorgeous open shelving too!!  I’m so happy she now has her dream island!! She just needs some bar stools for each end and I believe she has plans to replace her lighting, but then her perfectly perfect farmhouse kitchen will be complete!! Isn’t it so great?! Look at that MASSIVE island!!

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7 thoughts on “DIY HUGE Kitchen Island”

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    Heather on March 2, 2015 Reply

    LOVE it!! I just had a painter come over to give me an estimate on painting my knotty pine walls and he said he wouldn’t do it because the paint would scratch off very easily. You know these things…is that true? My walls in my kitchen look at the exact same!! I love love the color of the walls in your sister’s kitchen now!! Awesome job.

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      thewillowfarmhouse on March 2, 2015 Reply

      Here’s what I know about painting walls like these – It takes a lot of primer because the wood will just absorb all the paint. It’s a PAIN in the rear to paint because of all the wood groves and crevices that have to be painted….but….my sister has had hers painted now for about a year and hasn’t had any problems with the paint scratching off. She has 3 kids under 6 so I’m sure if it COULD be scratched off it….it would be. 🙂 My suggestion is gripper primer first. It’ll adhere to the wood and create a great surface for the paint. 🙂

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    ggjamiller8824 on March 2, 2015 Reply

    Simply beautiful! Good job, no….GREAT job!

  • 4
    Suzi Starkey on March 2, 2015 Reply

    It looks absolutely amazing , what a fabulous job , your sister must be so stoked with the results , gorgeous ♡♡

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    AlexH on March 2, 2015 Reply

    What did you use to contain the two cabinets and make it look like one piece instead of just two cabinets sitting side by side? I’ve been wanting to build a custom island too!

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      thewillowfarmhouse on March 3, 2015 Reply

      We screwed the two cabinets together through the backs and then just built a frame of 2×4’s to make the cabinets into a large rectangle.

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    Roz on March 26, 2015 Reply

    How did you make the island countertop?


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