Kitchen Elevation: Transform Your Island, Step by Step!

The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home, and no element embodies functionality and style quite like the kitchen island. If you’re looking to elevate your kitchen’s aesthetic and optimize its usability, focusing on your island is a fantastic place to start.

Get ready to be inspired and discover how a few creative ideas and some elbow grease can transform this boring kitchen island into a stunning focal point that will leave everyone in awe. 

Before and After Kitchen Island Makeover

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Here is the island before with just a lighting textured painted drywall. 

Before Unsupported Counter

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One of the biggest issues was the granite hanging over an edge without anything to hold it up.  It seemed stable and anchored well, but visually it was not working.  It felt unfinished and needed an update.

Sketch Out the Plan

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Sketching out a plan helps to know if you will like what the update will look like.  In this case, the client did not like the addition of the X in the panel, like we had on this farmhouse Dutch door project.  So we left that out of the actual build.

Install the Beadboard

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First, measure where the edges of the vertical corner boards will be and center the beadboard grooves in that space.  These small details really help the project look right when it is done. Then nail on the beadboard.

Install the Boards

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Now install the board and batten treatment.  Start with the corner boards of the middle section.  

Install Vertical Batten Pieces

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Next nail on the horizontal boards on top and bottom, in-between the corners. Then the vertical dividers spaced evenly. You may notice that the bottom of the board and batten is not on the ground.  The plan is to wrap the entire island in base molding over that gap.

Wrap Edges with Molding

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Wrap the whole corner with wood to create a really clean finished end. 

Fill Any Gaps

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Fill gaps with left over MDF pieces.  This makes a place to nail in the bottom of the base molding. 

Install Base Molding

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Here is a shot of the island with all of the molding in place.

Caulk and Patch

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Be sure to take the time to caulk the 1×4’s to the beadboard.   This gives it a nice professional clean look after it is painted. If you need there is a a  great caulking tutorial here.

Pre-Drill Holes

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The corbels will need a little bit of prep before they can be installed.  Pre-drill two holes on top and two on bottom to screw the corbels to the kitchen island.

Notch Back of Corbel

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With this island’s shape, there are two 22.5 degree corners that are going to get a corbel.  In order to install the corbel they needed to be notched out on the table saw.

Attach Corbels

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Install the corbels.  In addition to the screws, feel free to use a small amount of adhesive. 

Plug Screw Holes

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After they are screwed in place use the plugs to fill the screw holes.   

Fill, Sand and Paint

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Cut the plugs flush with a multi-tool, then patch, and sand til smooth. Finish up any painting and you are set. 

Final Kitchen View

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Here is the kitchen island makeover with everything finished.  It looks so much more grand and is a great focal point for the room!  And the big bar now it makes a lot more sense that the corbels are there holding up the heavy granite.

Countertop Detail

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Find the full tutorial with step by step instructions for the full kitchen island makeover here.

Reader Makeover:

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We’ve had many people try out the tutorial with great success. 

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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.

We love hearing from fellow Remodelaholics, so let us know what you like about this and leave any questions below in the comments. If you've followed a tutorial or been inspired by something you've seen here, we'd love to see pictures! Submit pictures here or by messaging us over on Facebook.

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