Build a kitchen island on wheels

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Create a unique and budget-friendly central unit with a reclaimed door and old pallets.

Photographs Elza Roux l Styling Amanda van Wyngaardt


Hard labour 5/10

Skill level 4/10

Time needed 4 hours 

Finished size: ±1 900mm (L) x 750mm (W) x 900mm (H)

Shopping list

• old door

• 69 x 69mm pine (legs)

• 22 x 94mm pine (frame and  shelf supports)

• 22 x 44mm pine (fixing strips  and shelf supports)

• 50mm chipboard screws (to fix pine joins)

• 2 x 100mm swivel or fixed castors with plate fitting

• handle (galvanised pipe)

• wood glue

• flat nuts

• wood filler

• 120-grit sandpaper (to sand  the pine filler)

• paint (brown PVA) 


• pencil

• tape measure

• tri-square

• jigsaw

• drill and pilot drill

• screwdriver

• spade bit

• paintbrush

Project notes

• We stripped and remade the pallets to accommodate the size of the worktop.

• We painted all the new timber with a mixture of 1 part brown PVA and 5 parts water to match the old pallets. 

1. Measure the door. Using the 22 x 94mm pine, make the base frame 50mm smaller than the door all round. Mark using a tri-square and cut with a jigsaw. Then glue, drill pilot holes (the same size as the shaft of the screw) and screw together.

2. Glue and screw the supports (using 22 x 44mm pieces) inside both ends of the frame; this is where the door will be secured.


3.  Screw the frame to the door.

4. Make your pallet shelves as wide as the inner dimensions of your frame, minus the thickness of the shelf supports (44mm).  The length of the shelf is dependent on seating space or storage space required

5. Secure your shelf supports inside the frame, remembering to subtract the height of the castors.


6. Install the pallet shelves using glue and screws.


7. Fix the 69 x 69mm legs in position and secure the handle support.1 2 34 5 67

8. Drill a hole for the handle using a spade bit.

9.  Secure the handle with flat nuts from the back. I used a piece of galvanised pipe as a handle.

10. Fix the wheels in position. To finish, fill all the screw holes, then sand and paint in the colour of your choice.

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