Organize the Kitchen Island… Build a Shelf!

Organize the Kitchen Island... Build a Shelf! #diy #PureBond #Kitchen #Organize

It is a new year and like most people we all strive to set new goals or what some like to call resolutions. One of the many goals we have for 2013 is to add more storage to our home and get organized! Although we completed this project in 2012 I feel like adding a shelf to our kitchen island helped get us organized and ready for the new year!

When I’m not working on DIY projects I’m cooking up a storm in the kitchen! You can always visit me over at Katie’s Cucina! Because I blog about cooking as well I get a lot of kitchen gadgets sent to me. Don’t get me wrong–I’m totally blessed and enjoy every minute of it, but I’m seriously running out of storage space. One Sunday morning I asked Mr. Woodsy if he could go out to the garage and cut me a piece of PureBond Hardwood Plywood to fit the inside of our messy disastrous kitchen island. This mini-project took him less than 30 minutes to complete from start to finish! Luckily, we already had cabinet clips and holes drilled for a shelf to sit in the kitchen island, so half of the work was already completed.


  • 3/4 inch thick PureBond Hardwood Plywood
  • Measuring Tape
  • Carpenters Square
  • Pencil
  • Table Saw
  • Safety Glasses, Hearing Protection, Respirator
clean out the kitchen island
First step, which I think just might be one of the most difficult steps of the project… clean out the kitchen island! To be honest, I think this took longer to do than actually cutting the wood and installing the shelf.

measuring for the kitchen island shelf

Once you have cleared out everything from your kitchen island, measure the inside of the kitchen island to get exact measurements for your shelf.

measuring PureBond Hardwood Plywood for kitchen shelve

Once you have your measurements begin measuring and marking your plywood.

measuring PureBond Plywood with a square

Mr. Woodsy likes to use his square to ensure a straight edge when drawing a line on the plywood.

Cutting plywood on the table saw for kitchen island shelf

Next up, its time to fire up the old table saw. Carefully run the piece of wood through the table saw cutting exactly what you need.

DIY Kitchen Island Shelf Tutorial

Once the wood was cut, Mr. Woodsy made sure that the shelf brackets were ready for the wood.

kitchen island shelf

He then placed the freshly cut piece of PureBond in the cabinet.

build a kitchen island shelf

Here is what the brackets looked like that the plywood was sitting on.

DIY Kitchen Island Shelf

Then it was up to me to begin organizing!

organize your kitchen island... build a shelf

This didn’t take long at all and best of all I cannot only easily access all my kitchen appliances but I can see everything! We also didn’t chose to paint the wood nor did we sand it since it is simply being used inside our cabinet. I love the natural wood look and am totally ok with it. But if your not into that look feel free to stain or paint the plywood a different color.

This quick and easy fix is something that anyone can do to make a big impact and get organized sooner than later! You can visit PureBond Hardwood Plywood for more information about their product or connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest

Disclaimer: I have a working relationship with PureBond and was not compensated to write this post. I simply love the product. As always all opinions are my own. 

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