DIY RUSTIC MODERN KITCHEN ISLAND
In my search for the perfect kitchen island, I found many I liked that were either way too big, too small, or too expensive. I felt like Goldilocks trying to find the perfect kitchen island for our house. I gave up after a few weeks of searching, so I decided to build my own. I had never built anything this big so it was a bit daunting to think about it.
I found some plans from Ana White which I followed and modified to fit our space. Once I saw how things were broken down, it wasn't so bad at all!
Everything was built for under $200! (stools were purchased separately)
Here is a link to the plans I followed: Kitchen Island Plans
I followed the plans pretty closely for the base but modified the dimensions to our specific kitchen space.
To create the grooves for the side pieces to fit flush with the legs, I used a circular saw and set the blade depth to 0.75". I cut little slits and then used a chisel set to break off the little "fins" and cleaned it up further with the chisel.
For the island top, I decided to go with a hardwood, white oak, also stained with Minwax English Chestnut stain.
Everything was sealed with Minwax Wipe-On Polyurethane which is water based. This is important for the white base legs because it won't leave a yellow tint. So be sure to use a water based finish.