When we were living in a rental for a year, our home was lacking on counter space and it didn’t have a kitchen island. I adore pallets and when we needed a budget friendly option, I turned to what I knew would be most economical! Loving how our Pallet Bookcase turned out, I wanted to do something similar.
Here’s how you can build one yourself for less than $50.
We didn’t have an existing frame as we did with our Pallet Bookcase, so we had to build a frame. This is the only wood we purchased for this project.
The posts are made from 4 x 4s and the framing is from 2 x 4s. Make sure there is enough clearance for appliance doors before you make your cuts. We measured for the exact fit of this kitchen as well as our height, so I am not including exact measurements. They should fit to your space and needs.
Since I was crushing hard on the gray, I wanted the weathered pieces to be the most prominent, so we cut and fit the pieces to the sides and attached using the existing holes from the pallets after we disassembled them.
Now for the next shelf and top!
Recycling and upcycling is key to saving money!
I don’t recommend using pallet wood for the top of a kitchen island. Pallet wood is treated with chemicals and isn’t safe for a food prepping surface. If you don’t have scrap wood on hand, this will add to your bottom line if you need to purchase it.
An easy weekend project that didn’t take rocket science to create.
All for less than $50.
It was a helpful addition to storage and was cute to boot!
If this post inspires you, be sure to share your creations with me! I’d love to see what you come up with. For more tips on how to decorate a rental, you can read how we adding our touch here.