After weeks of holiday baking, the kitchen seems like a great place to start, so I am super excited to share with you my Kitchen Island with Pantry Storage!!
Isn't it fun!? I totally love it!
It is perfect for those kitchens that don't have an island, but is also great any kitchen that needs some extra movable pantry storage!
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I am excited to team up with Crates and Pallet to bring you this plan and a fun Giveaway!! Who doesn't want a $50 gift card to Home Depot!?! I know I do.
My design uses several of their crates, saving a ton of time with the build process. In fact, you will be surprised how quick and easy it is to build this amazing kitchen island!
Really the sky is the limit, make it to fit your needs using my basic plan as your guide! I seriously get giddy thinking of all your options! #iloveversatility :)
Let's get on with the plans! Click Here for a printable PDF version of these Plans.
1 XL Crate
1 tall wall crate (optional)
1 half wall crate (optional)
1 wood frame (optional)
1 sheet 3/4 plywood
1 1/4’’ screws
5/8’’ finish nails
2’’ finish nails
2- 3/4 plywood @ 19’’ x 28 1/2’’ (sides for shelves)
2- 3/4 plywood @ 19” x 12 1/2’’ or 12 3/4” *see note on step 1 (shelves)
1- 3/4 plywood @ 19’’ x 40” or 40 1/4’’ *see note on step 1 (bottom)
6- 3/4 plywood @ 3/4’’ x 9 1/4’’ (drawer supports)
2- 3/4 plywood @ 19’’ x 1 3/8” *dry fit first then measure and cut (top supports)
1- 3/4 plywood @ 11 3/4’’ x 1 1/2’’ (shelf edge) *measure and cut after building
1- 3/4 plywood @ 13 5/8’’ x 2 1/4’’ (shelf edge)*measure and cut after building
1- 3/4 plywood @ 20’’ x 41’’ or 41 1/4’’ *see note on step 1 (top)
Here is an idea of how you could break down your plywood cuts, if you purchase a full sheet. For my project I used all scrap plywood I had on hand.
You can see I used pocket holes to build my shelves and as I said above I used scrap plywood I had on hand. I ended up having to piece together some of my scraps to get the correct sizes. And why am I building in the dark? I have NO idea. Maybe because I had light from the living room and just didn't turn on the kitchen lights...and yes, I like to build in my kitchen! I am so weird!
For my bottom piece I used this old table top that was given to me for free. I took off the apron and cut it to the size I needed.
Then I simply glued and attached my shelves. I LOVE using my Kreg Right Angle Clamp. And here you can see how well my large crates and half crate fit on the shelves.
Attaching the vegetable crates was so fast and easy! I started by setting the first one in place and nailed it to the bottom piece. I also screwed it to the shelf side. Before I added the top two I moved onto step 4.
I used my Ryobi Nail gun to attach the drawer supports, making sure to use wood glue first.
I had pre-measured and marked where they needed to go first, and nailed from both sides.
Because I do not have a table saw, I had to get creative to make my drawer support strips. I used my Kreg Rip-Cut and Ryobi Circular Saw set at 3/4'' then clamped my board at the top to start my cut. I stopped cutting when I got to my clamp, then clamped at the back to finish the cut. (It says not to cut this small in the directions...but hey, I am a rebel, please always use safety and caution when using power tools, I did not see this as unsafe in any way, but use your best judgement).
With only the bottom vegetable crate attached, I started adding the XL and medium crates to the end section. I obviously stained them first, using Rusteolum Kona (to match the bottom). :) Again I used my nail gun to attach them together, to the bottom, and to the vegetable crate.
Then I added the other two vegetable crates. I used screws to attach them into both side sections. On the right there are two screws, one is attaching to the medium crate and one is for the XL crate.
Once all the vegetable crates were attached I made sure the medium crates were nailed together. This is what I had so far! It came together so fast.
The last step before attaching the top is to add the top supports and shelf edges. Here is a shot of me nailing in my top supports. This raises up my XL and medium crates section so It will be level with the other two sections. It also creates a nice little shelf for my cutting board.
In my plan I wrote it up using plywood, which would be nice with edge banding to cover the exposed edges. Since I was using scraps, I didn't have enough plywood for a top, so I used these old shelf boards I had gotten for free off of Craig's list. I cut them to size, attached them together with pocket hole screws, and sanded and satined them, finishing with 3 coats of poly.
I added casters to the bottom, and was almost done!!
Next up was my fun chalkboard frame, cause I love chalkboards. I measured and cut some 1/4 scrap mdf I had to make chalkboard backing to the frame. I used small nails hammered in at an angle to secure the mdf into the frame.
With chalkboard paint and some twine stapled to the back I was done! Perfect for menu planning, schedule keeping, or grocery lists!
To finish things off I drilled holes for handles in my small crates. I spray painted the handles and hooks with rusteolum oil rubbed bronze, to unify them. I added some easy scrap wood chalkboard labels to both sides of my large and half crates. They were super easy to attach with carpet tacks, I just nailed them on. :) I also added the screws for attaching the tall and half wall crates to the side. (not pictured)
It is amazing how much this food Kitchen island can store!
The pull out drawers are so fun, and great for hiding stuff! :) And you can't beat the vegetable crates for storing all your fruits and veggies!
The back is great for canned items, and you can see in the top medium crate I used a small crate as a removable drawer. You could do this in both medium crates or just add shelf edges to both like I did on the bottom. I also want to point out that I used a paint stick for extra support in attaching the hooks.
Phew! I think I am ready for a snack!
Now how about that giveaway...who wants to win a $50 Home Depot Gift Card?
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Oh, and I will be entering this project in Ryobi Nation's Clear the Clutter Contest, I would LOVE it if you would vote for me! :)
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