Adding shiplap to a kitchen island is an easy and affordable way to add character to your kitchen. Using a portion of a sheet of 1/4 inch plywood this project costs less than $15.
As we continue to add finishing touches to our kitchen I am always looking for DIY’s that add character on a budget. Adding character to your space doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact my Farmhouse Cabinet Trim post and this Shiplap a Kitchen Island post I am about to share with you both cost under $25 to complete and they came from the same piece of plywood.
Please bear with me it was quite a challenge to take pictures of the space because the back of the island faces a bay window. Here is an overall pic of the space. Here is a before pic. And what it looks like now.
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TOOLS FOR KITCHEN ISLAND SHIPLAP
- Measuring tape
- Table saw or circular saw
- Miter saw – I use this saw
- Jig saw – I use a Rockwell Bladerunner
- Orbital sander – I use this sander or sand paper
- Pin nailer
- Paint brush
- Small paint roller
SUPPLIES FOR KITCHEN ISLAND SHIPLAP
- 1/4 inch birch plywood 4 x 8 ft sheet (I used less than half of a board for four cabinets)
- Popsicle/craft sticks
- White Primer – I used Killz 2
- Satin paint tinted the color of cabinets – the sample size was sufficient
- 1/2 inch 23 G pin nails
- Wood filler
- White caulk
CUTS FOR KITCHEN ISLAND SHIPLAP
Cuts will vary depending on the size of the island. My cuts were app 34 1/2 inches long and app 5 inches wide. I cut 8 but only needed 7 planks to cover the island.
STEPS TO MAKE KITCHEN ISLAND SHIPLAP
Step 1) After making my cuts I sanded any loose slivers and applied two coats of a primer.
Step 2) I installed the planks to the island using a pin nailer and 23G 1/2 inch pin nails. I started out by nailing the first plank on the bottom by the floor. Then I placed three popsicle sticks in between the planks to create a perfect gap between the planks. I repeated this until I got to the last board. For the last board I had to rip cut it to fit.
Step 3) I added wood filler to the nail holes and caulk to the edges. Finally I applied two coats of the custom cabinet paint color. I think it added a lot of personality and character to the space.
What is your favorite budget friendly add to your kitchen? Place your favorites in the comments below.