Creating A Rustic Kitchen? Add An Island Made Old Pallets

Construction & Contractors Blog

As you are moving along in your kitchen remodel process, you're probably wondering exactly how you can add to the rustic feel you want your kitchen to have. Your island is a good place to start. Building a kitchen island yourself is not as difficult as you might think. What's more is that you can get the look of a rustic country kitchen by using old pallets and a few other supplies. This guide explains what you'll need to do to take old pallets and turn them into a kitchen island.

Step 1: Obtain Your Materials

To begin this project, you're going to need three large pallets. Other supplies and tools that you will need include:

  • sandpaper
  • a hand vacuum
  • wood stain
  • a small paint brush
  • an electric screwdriver
  • one box of wood screws
  • one 4x8 piece of plywood
  • HD laminate countertop roll
  • a tape measure
  • a circular saw
  • utility knife
  • construction glue

Step 2:  Sand and Stain the Pallets

Use the sandpaper to sand each pallet by hand, and vacuum up all the sawdust. Use the small paintbrush to apply the stain on the entire surface of the pallets.

Give the stain a few hours to dry and then lightly sand them again to remove the stickiness of the stain. Caution: Make sure that you do not sand so much that you remove the color: you are only sanding down the spots where the stain is sticky.

Step 3:  Measure the Space and Cut the Plywood

Use a tape measure to measure the area where your island is to go. For this project, a space where a rectangle-shaped island can fit works best.

Step 4: Put the Pieces Together

Ask a couple of friends to join you as you move along the rest of this project. In this step, stand one of the pallets on end in the one spot that is to be the end of the island. Place another pallet on the other end of the island. While the two of you are holding the pallets in place, another friend should bring in the third pallet and stand it in the middle of these two pallets.

Check the distance between each pallet with the tape measure. Move the pallets around until you get an even amount of distance between each pallet. When you're happy with the positioning, set the piece of plywood on top.

Once you have the pallets lined up with the edges of the plywood perfectly, use your electric screwdriver to attach the wood screws into the plywood all the way through to the pallets. Work from the top of the plywood down into the pallets to get a good connection. Two screws on each side of each pallet, and two screws in the middle of the pallets should be enough.

Step 5: Attach the Laminate

Unroll the HD laminate and measure a piece that is big enough to fit the top of the plywood. Use a utility knife to cut it to size. Turn the laminate over and apply the construction glue to the top of the plywood in an "S" pattern. Place the laminate on top of the plywood (glue side down) and smooth it out with your hand so that the glue spreads all the way to the end. Cut long strips of the laminate and apply it to the sides of the plywood with the glue.

Give the glue some time to dry, so that the HD laminate obtains a solid connection to the plywood. When you are finished, you will have a rustic kitchen island with space underneath to place barstools on either side. Ask a contractor like Crist & Sons Contractors, Inc. for help should you run into any issues with these steps.


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