Hello 2016! I excited to start the new year by sharing with you the FREE build plans for this DIY Kitchen Island with Trash Storage! Right before Thanksgiving I built this island and it has made the biggest difference in the functionality of our kitchen. The kids eat breakfast here every morning, there is almost always a couple people sitting while I prep for meals at it, and one of my absolute favorite aspects is it hides our trash!
One of the mandatory design features I created was the pull-out trash storage. I chose a trash can size that would make the back lip of the trash can hit the top of the opening so I don’t actually need a chain (to keep it from opening too far). Because of the large space inside, the bag is still easy to remove and the can is also easy to remove if I need to clean the inside. Previously, our trash was sitting against a wall and not only was it unsightly, it created wasted space around it. This is a million times better!!
On the other side of the island I put some wooden slats on a couple shelves to hold baking supplies: bowls, cutting boards, cookbooks, and some canisters with dry goods. If you notice, instead of going with the brass pulls as were in my kitchen makeover design plans, I opted for these Flat Black Cup Pulls from D. Lawless hardware.
As you can see, I carried the black knobs and pulls throughout the rest of the kitchen as well. It is a classic look and when we eventually sell this house, it will have a wider appeal.
To add some interesting details to the island, I put some black bolts on the legs, and added an Ikea Fintorp Rail with hooks so I could hang hot pads and kitchen towels.
The all-white cabinets and appliances with some contrasting black fixtures and hardware, paired with the natural wood counters, all epitomize farmhouse style, which is my favorite especially for a kitchen.
In my inspiration pictures of island, I fell in love with the rustic, hand-built look of the notched out legs, so I incorporated that in my island as well, using lag bolts to add a little more attention to them.
Notching out legs is way easier than I thought it would be and is just a matter of adjusting the depth on your circular saw! Here is a short video I created to show how fun it is to pop out all the wood slices you create:
After that it is just a matter of using a chisel to smooth things out:
I thought about using bead-board or shiplap for the boxed inset portion of the island that surround the trash storage, but my mom pointed out that cleaning that up when something spills would get tricky. So I left it the plain, smooth painted plywood to see if I would change my mind after awhile, and I have to say, after almost two months like this, and having to wipe up drips and marks, I much prefer a smooth surface.
The top pine boards were stained with Special Walnut by Minwax and sealed with Waterlox original. I only gave a it a couple coats thought because I wanted it to still look and feel like wood. I painted the base with 2 coats of Benjamin Moore White Dove in Semi-Gloss (for easy wipe-ability).
Even for small kitchens I think a moveable island is one of the best features you can add. It increases counters space, storage, and makes entire space more social.
So what do you think?
UPDATE: Here is what the island looks like now, since we switched out the top for quartz:
To find out why we switched from Butcher Block to Quartz, go to this post.
*Some products used in my kitchen makeover were given to me in exchange for mention in some of my posts. These were products that I personally selected and were not solicited to me. All opinions are my own but their links given above are for your convenience and as a way of promoting brands I believe in and partner with.