DIY Kitchen Island Part 2

Obviously, as indicated by my title, this is the second half of my kitchen island project.  If you missed it the first half, you can check it out here.

Despite some doubts my husband had along the way, I am thrilled with how the island came out.  I think he still needs to adjust to the space in the kitchen being “filled up,” but I am confident he will come around.  Eventually.  Maybe.  We’ll see.

I purchased the pieces I needed for the legs at Home Depot, in the plumbing department.

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Some of the pieces were purchased from the bins you see in the picture and some were cut to size.  The very helpful employees at Home Depot cut the pipe to the size I needed and threaded it while I waited.

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To figure the length I needed the pipe cut to, I started with the total height I wanted the island to be (36 inches).  I then subtracted the pieces for the feet, the bottom 8″ pipe, the t-bracket, and the cupling for the top.  You also need to allow for the amount of pipe you will loose into the fittings.  In the end, I neded four legs at 22 inches and two cross pieces at 14 inches each.

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A little soap and water to clean the oil from the threading process and a little nail polish remover to get rid of the black writing on the pipes and they are ready to be legs.

When put the two sets of legs together and they looked like this.

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After flipping the table top over and marking and drilling holes, I attached the legs with hex screws.  Okay, so really my husband did this.  But, I supported him by holding the legs in place.

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In the meantime, I finished a piece of shelving to go on the bottom of the island.  I used an ebony stain and a rag to apply it.

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We (my husband and I, okay, mostly him) carefully measured and drilled to attach the shelf.  I used 1 1/4 inch u-bolts to attach the shelf to the pipe cross bar, because the pipe I used is 1 1/4 inch.

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We then used a Dremel tool to cut off the excess of the bolts.  (Notice my use of “we” again here.)

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Now to carry it in.  This becomes a pretty heavy piece and slightly akward to carry.  But, worth the effort.

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Until next time, happy creating……

Dawn Marie

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3 comments on “DIY Kitchen Island Part 2

  1. Oh my gosh I loooooooove it!!!!

  2. Thank you. I am really happy with it.

  3. Wow! Love this Dawn!

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