How to Remove A Kitchen Island

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A kitchen island is a great addition to any home, but it can be difficult and expensive to remove. Some people even like to use their kitchen islands as dining tables because they have plenty of room for chairs.

But if you’ve decided that your old kitchen island needs some updating or you want to install a new kitchen island , replacing under sink cabinet floor or how to apply venetian plaster,

then this article will help you understand how to safely remove the old kitchen island.

Let's dive deep into this topic.

Steps to follow when removing a kitchen island

Follow the steps below to remove a kitchen island.

Remove all the cabinets from the kitchen island to make it easier to remove.

If you are removing the kitchen island for a remodel, then remove the cabinets. You can use them somewhere else while you make the change or even trash them and start with new cabinets. This is crucial because you must be able to move the kitchen island without hitting any walls.

Removing the hardware

Remove all of the hardware from the underside of each cabinet and put it in a plastic bag labeled “kitchen hardware”. This includes screws that go into wall studs, hinges, drawer tracks, straps for mounting drawers – anything that attaches to wood. (screws holding handles on can stay).

Removing the kitchen island top

You will probably have to remove the entire top of your old kitchen island (countertop) so it can be cut down to a size that fits in your new space. You might also have to replace it with a smaller one if you are keeping the same cabinets and sink but adding more cabinet space on either side. Use sled hammers or heavy crowbars to remove the nails holding your countertop into place, and use crowbars to lift and roll the countertops onto tarps. 

Removing the kitchen island top
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Be very careful not to damage the surrounding walls while lifting this heavy piece of furniture.

Remove all of the hardware from under the countertop so you don’t lose it.

Removing the walls that hold up your kitchen island top

Use a reciprocating saw with a blade meant for cutting wood to cut through two or three of the wall studs on which the countertop rests. Position yourself near where you removed the cabinet hardware and start from there, working your way around as needed. Cut straight into one stud at about 2 inches above where it meets another. If this doesn't work then try cutting in about 4 inches below the joint between each joist.

You should see either nails or screws; remove them with pliers if necessary but be very careful not to damage any other wood while pulling out what is holding the island up.

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Removing the kitchen island legs (if you have them)

If your old kitchen island has legs, then remove those now. You can either unscrew each one or pry it out with a crowbar. Take any hardware with you when removing the countertop and legs so that there are no loose objects once everything else is removed.

Remove the baseboard molding around the bottom of your cabinets and walls too since they may be holding some weight; also cut into any wall studs that connect across the center of where your new countertop will fit so that it can rest on them for better balance.

Cutting your kitchen island top down to size

A good place to cut the countertop is in the corner where it meets other countertops if that makes sense. Measure how tall you will need it to be and mark it on both sides with a pencil. Then use a circular saw or reciprocating saw to cut straight through, remembering which side faces up when putting it back again. If you make any mistakes, then sand off what needs replacing using an orbital sander and fill any holes with glue and wood filler before sanding again.

Reconfiguring the Kitchen island
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If you are going to replace the entire top of your old kitchen island (countertop), then now would be a good time to put new dishwasher-proof laminate on it.

Replacing the kitchen island top

You should replace all of the hardware with new, longer screws (might need to make them yourself). Mounting brackets for drawers or shelves can be screwed directly into existing studs if they are in good shape. If not, then put in a fresh set of drywall anchors using an electric screwdriver before installing these brackets. Use L-shaped mounting brackets to hold up your new kitchen island top. There will probably be mounting holes leftover from when you removed the old countertop – use those or just try drilling straight down until you hit wood.

Putting it back together again

Now you’re ready to start putting everything back together again – this is the fun part. Mount your sink into place by screwing it into the countertop and then mount the faucet. Position your new dishwasher, if you have one, by screwing in four L-shaped mounting brackets to hold it up. If there are small drawers under where your kitchen island will go back on top of you can put those back in too. Rest the top right where it should be and set any sideboards or cabinets underneath onto their mounting brackets again. You will probably need to screw those into the other cabinets for support.

Testing it all out

Now you can stand back and take a look at your new kitchen island – nice job. The first time you wash the dishes or cook dinner on it, grab a chair and sit down just to take in how awesome everything looks. If there is any wobbling, then hold up where one leg is secured to the wall and try wiggling it around a bit until that part feels stable. If not, then double-check all of your work before putting anything on top of your new kitchen island. It’s expensive if something gets broken.

Are kitchen islands attached to the floor?

Most kitchen islands are attached to the floor, so if you’re having trouble with your kitchen island because it is wobbly then you have a few options. The first option is to replace one or more of the leg brackets that attach to the floor at the front. You may need longer screws for these or they might even be too short – just find some others and try again until things stop wobbling. If that does not work, then check under what type of flooring you have. If there is an area where additional support beams cross over from underneath, then cut into them (carefully) along their length using a handsaw or electric saw; this will eliminate any wobbles due to uneven weight distribution.

It is worth mentioning that you can also consider building your own kitchen island which will then be made according to your very own specifications.

How much does it cost to remove a kitchen island?

The cost to remove the kitchen island will depend on where you live. Common places to find low-cost labor such as moving kitchens are at your local furniture store and even some appliance repair shops (if they do installation or maintenance work). You can even move a kitchen island yourself without too much trouble if it’s not very big.

Final thoughts on how to remove a kitchen island

In conclusion, we have given you some information about how to remove a kitchen island. It sounds like it can be tricky, but with the right mindset and some research, it should not be difficult at all to replace this with a better model. 

We hope this article has given you the courage and knowledge to do so – after you’ve removed your kitchen island, here are some ideas to consider when it comes to decorating your kitchen island.


Kevin Farrugia

Kevin Farrugia

Kevin is a household and appliance enthusiast and loves to follow the latest trends in kitchen and house decoration. He also loves to walk the isles of Home Depot and Lowes to review products and materials in person. Before joining Kitchen Infinity, Kevin owned a handyman company.

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