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IKEA Kitchen Peninsula – Making it Ours

When it came time to install the base cabinets making our IKEA kitchen peninsula, Diana had big plans.  She wanted two things; 1) Natural wood accents & 2) A feature that really states… “this kitchen is ours!”  So, I was the labor and the faux-shiplap peninsula was the result.

The Start

I’m getting ahead of myself though.  IKEA Sektion cabinets are designed to be installed using the rail and track system provided.  So naturally the question I had was, “How the heck do I install a cabinet with no wall behind it to fasten to?”  Thankfully, I was not the first person with this question (YouTube was very helpful at this point in the journey).  As recommended, we created a base frame made of 2X4s and cabinet-grade plywood.  The base was then fastened to the floor and the cabinets to the base.  And believe me, these aren’t going anywhere.


I have seen that some folks have gotten by with only using 2x4s to build the frame.  If you’re building your entire kitchen cabinetry from solid finished flooring, you can do this as the feet the that come with the SEKTION are ~4in.  We didn’t have this luxury as our cabinets were secured to the subfloor.  So I had to rip the plywood to the height we needed (and happily shim as needed).

Getting There


Supplies: 1×6 Tongue and Groove Board / Quarter Round / Outside Corner Molding / Scrap Plywood / Wood Glue / Finish Nails

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This was the fun part; making Diana’s vision a reality.  We decided to go with 1X6 pine plank board to serve as a cover panel for the peninsula.  You can notice that I placed small plywood sections along the cabinet walls on the back.  I did this to keep the boards at the location I wanted in relation to the top cabinet hardwood, and they provided more surface area for adhesives.

I fastened the planks to the brackets located at the top and also to my base structure.  In other areas, I used adhesives and 1-1/4″ finish nails as needed.  At the tongue and groove of each plank, I liberally applied wood glue.  At the bottom where the boards meet the floor, I fastened a piece of quarter round with finish nails and did the same at the ends with a piece of outside corner molding. This is only a decorative panel and does not carry any load.


Would you believe we saved $85 on this project?  For this panel board, I purchased 7 1×6 boards in 8ft segments costing $5 each.  (8ft segments were most efficient because the back required ~5ft and side ~2ft leaving very little scrap).  We bought stain and the trim including 1 outside corner piece and 1 quarter round costing $18 total.  We already had the finish nails, wood glue, and polyurethane on hand to use.

That made the total cost for our natural wood panel board $54.
Comparing that to IKEAs FORBATTRA cover panel at $139, I think we did ok.



There are obviously several routes you can take with this project when it comes to paint and stain. You could go with a  pop of color that ties in with a feature in your kitchen, paint it black for the classic tuxedo kitchen look, or go with white for a classic, clean feel. You could also do what we did and stain it with your favorite wood stain. I believe this feature ties our dining space together with our kitchen and the rest of our home in such a pleasant way.  Also, I believe the stained plank boards are durable and ready to withstand kicks from the little feet we have coming in May!

Is shiplap a feature you want to add in your kitchen? What other ways would you implement it other than on a peninsula or island? Let me know in the comments below.



Check out our full kitchen reveal here and how we saved $10,000 on our kitchen here.

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  • Reply
    February 17, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Looks fantastic – what a great way to customize!

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    Jackie | Fresh Fit Florida
    February 17, 2017 at 10:04 am

    What a cool project..looks great!

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    February 17, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Love shiplap and this type of styling would work perfect in my home. Going to show the hubby see what he thinks, I know he will love it as well.

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    Jessie @ Mama On The Internet
    February 17, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Your house is amazing! I love this project too, it looks so good. I also love upgrading pieces from Ikea, this is definitely a major upgrade.

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      February 17, 2017 at 5:14 pm

      Thanks Jessie!! We love how it turned out.

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    Stephanie Jeannot
    February 18, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Your kitchen is breathtaking. I think I would want to be in there and like old living rooms, have plastic over everything so it could retain its beauty. You did such an amazing job!

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      February 18, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      Thanks so much, Stephanie! That’s such a nice compliment. We truly love it.

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    Amanda Rinehart
    February 18, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    okay this is WAY beyond my difficulty level, but you kitchen is GORGEOUS! How about you just come build one for me? 😉 I also LOVE natural wood.

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      February 20, 2017 at 9:52 am

      Haha! You may surprise yourself with what you capable of doing. We swore we wouldn’t do another kitchen for a long time after ours. It was a lot of work, but so worth it! 🙂

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    February 19, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Love how that looks! I think you guys have done such a great job with your kitchen – it’s beautiful and you’ve added so much more function and storage to it!

    Our kitchen is almost the same layout (except our range is on the peninsula side). I might have to borrow your idea! Our kitchen is white as well and the bar side of the peninsula is definitely hard to keep clean of scuffs. This looks so much more polished, and also will be super practical.

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      February 20, 2017 at 9:54 am

      It’s such an easy and affordable upgrade! Thanks for the nice comments. We are so pleased with how it turned out. 🙂

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    February 20, 2017 at 11:27 am

    I love how that turned out!! IKEA is the best!

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    February 20, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Wow! The island looks really good, and the amount of money you saved makes it even more appealing!

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    February 21, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    What a beautiful kitchen!! It came out looking amazing!!!

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      February 21, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      Thanks so much! We truly love spending time in there now.

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    May 9, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    I love it what color stain did you use?

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      May 9, 2017 at 8:28 pm

      The first coat is Golden Oak and the second is Special Walnut from Miniwax.

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