{Video} Kitchen Island Custom Bookcase

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Kitchen Island Custom Bookcase video tutorial created for @homesdotcom by SewWoodsy.com #DIY #kitchen

Here we go… the first of many kitchen projects. I’m so excited to share our Kitchen Island Custom Bookcase today!

When we first started talking about what we wanted to change in our kitchen I knew I wanted to extend our kitchen island. While we were extending the island I knew I wanted more storage. That is where the kitchen island custom bookcase came into play. I dreamed of having a few shelves to access a few more of my cookbooks. Earlier this year, we added a floating shelf in our kitchen that houses some of my cookbooks, but not all of them. So this extra storage is more than welcomed!

There were a lot of steps we had to take before we could get to the finish project.

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Using painters tape, Jon mapped out where the bookshelf would go.

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And then it was time to empty out the entire island. I placed a padded table cloth on our kitchen table and emptied everything on to it. Needless to say we did not eat at the kitchen table for a good week or two.

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Then, Jon began removing all the old bead board we installed 4 years ago.

kitchen island bookcase 13Then it was into the garage where Jon build the bookcase.

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He also finally had the chance to use the Kreg Pin Jig system. It works great and a much easier way to drill holes for shelves!

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Once the shelf was ready he secured it from the inside and out. This was another good reason why having the kitchen island emptied came in handy!

kitchen island bookcase 7After it was installed it was time to add new bead board back to the island. Jon added a little adhesive to the back of the bead board.

kitchen island bookcase 8Then used the nail gun to secure it in place. We received the RYOBI AirStrike a few days after he installed the bead board.

kitchen island bookcase 9Then he painted the bead board. He decided to paint the bead board once it was installed verse before it was installed.

kitchen island bookcase 4A few weeks later (that’s how we really roll here), he added the trim to the bottom of the island. Using the RYOBI JobPlus multi-tool he had to cut out a portion of the corner trim on the island.

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Then, using the RYOBI AirStrike Cordless Brad Nailer Jon behan to secure the moulding in place.

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He made sure to have the moulding completely  wrap around the island.

kitchen island bookcase 6Lastly, it was time to paint the moulding! By adding a layer of painters tape it made it super easy to paint. And that’s that… We took our time and completed this project on the weekends and nights we had available. In the end it turned out great!

Kitchen Island Custom Bookcase video tutorial created for @homesdotcom by SewWoodsy.com #DIY #kitchen

Here is the before and after… pretty drastic, right?

Kitchen Island Custom Bookcase video tutorial created for @homesdotcom by SewWoodsy.com #DIY #kitchen

Here is a close up of the top part of the bookcase.

Kitchen Island Custom Bookcase video tutorial created for @homesdotcom by SewWoodsy.com #DIY #kitchen


And here is what it looks like from the other side. And for good measure I had to share the photo that was photo bombed by our four-legged friend, Lola.

Disclosure: We have a working relationship with Homes.com and are video brand ambassadors for 2013 (thus we are compensated). As always all opinions are our own.


  1. Love the new addition! Jon did a great job.

    I didn’t see anything about the butcher block top?


  2. That looks really nice. The bottom shelf will be perfect for baby toys soon!

  3. Wow! It looks amazing! Off to pin 🙂

  4. I LOVE IT!! You guys are an AMAZING team!

  5. What an awesome DIY project! I would love to have this in my kitchen!

  6. This is fantastic, I wish I had a bookcase built right into my island. Great tutorial!

  7. Pat Cobb says:

    Great Job! The video was very helpful! Thanks for sharing!

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