DIY furniture feet for basic kitchen cabinets

April 05, 2019

Hey there! I've got another quick project in the kitchen to share with you! I swear I'll move on from this space next week. Probably. ;) I've had fun adding these small details to customize this room little by little. 

This time I worked on a project I actually started years ago. I came up with this idea at our last house and never implemented it. When I finished the end of the cabinets last week I knew it would be a perfect time try this one. 

Because the ends are now finished off, I was left with a straight edge at the end of the cabinets and knew this would be perfect. You can do this where your cabinets meet a wall as well. 

I started with these wood corbels from Home Depot
Using wood corbels to make DIY cabinet feet in kitchen
And cut them down to the height of our kitchen cabinets. (The height of the toe kick I should say.)

Then I gave them a few coats of the cabinet paint color with light sandings in between:
Using corbels to make cabinet feet

I had the paint matched to our cabinets. Do you see my vision here? They are now cabinet "feet." 

This would have been a super quick project -- just painting and attaching them. But I did one extra step that added a little time. I wanted to make sure no crumbs could get back behind them (it would be a pain to clean back there), so I made a back that kind of closes it off at the back. 

I cut peices of scrap wood the depth of the open space behind the corbels, and then painted one side the cabinet color: 
DIY cabinet feet on kitchen cabinets

Then I attached it to the base of the cabinets with a nail gun: 
How to add cabinet feet to your kitchen cabinets

I checked the spacing before nailing it in -- making sure it was lined up perfectly with the new feet.

This prevents anything from getting back behind them, and it allowed me to secure them even more by nailing into that from the front. Because I did this I had to remove the quarter round and then reinstall, but it was worth it!

To secure them I nailed from the side (where I could), from the top through the cabinet (right up against the lip of the cabinet, so you can't even see the nail holes) and through that little stopper piece from the front.

None of them are going anywhere!:
DIY cabinet feet using corbels

You can only see where they meet up with the cabinet if the doors are open, so I didn't add any decorative trim along the bottom to hide that seam.

I'm thrilled with them! They add another detail to the kitchen that doesn't scream at you, but add to the whole look of the space. These little projects layer on one another and are adding some character to our kitchen!:
Little projects that add character to kitchen

A hint to my next little project is in this pic! ;)

I originally planned to put a set under the cabinets where our stovetop is, but I didn't want it to get too busy. I may still do it, because I love how they look! But I felt like I should do every section of cabinets if I do, and that would be way too much for me.

So for now I just went with the ends of the long set of cabinets:
DIY kitchen cabinet feet project

Adding feet to kitchen cabinets

I researched a ton of kitchens that have cabinet feet and they range from this simpler look like this (just at the ends) to each cabinet having a set -- so anything goes. I just depends on your preference!

When the budget allows we are adding cabinets where there shelves are -- you can see my plan at that link. Until then I'm having a blast with these smaller projects!:
Tutorial for adding feet to kitchen cabinets

I only spent $40 on this project! If you are skilled with a jigsaw you could make them for even cheaper. I preferred the thickness of these to what I could do on my own.

You could still do this if you have the standard toe kick at the end of your cabinets, but you'll either have a space behind them you'd see from the side or you'll want to add a back to them that closes off that area, if that makes sense. :)

If you have any questions let me know! I just love these DIY cabinet feet and the softer touch it adds to our kitchen! There are a lot of hard lines in here and I wanted to add some pretty lines.

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  1. This is such a smart idea! The cabinets already look so good on their own, but they just look "complete" with the feet. Good job! ❤️✨

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  2. Lovely. Simply a great design

  3. Wow...such a small detail that makes such a big difference!! I also like to add small molding under the upper cabinets...just gives them that "finished" look!!

  4. What a fantastic idea. They went from “blah” to “custom” with little effort!

  5. I love this! Did you add these feet to the front of the island as well?

  6. This does look cute, but I would probably stump my little toe a million times, as I do all furniture legs!

  7. Girl! I am so inspired by you! Seriously!

  8. Two years ago I bought a house that was built in 1915 and I am slowly refurbishing it. We had to completely rebuild the bathroom - including the floor, which meant there was just a big hole there for a while. The kitchen will probably be the last room to get done. The cabinets were built in the house, and are made of solid wood. I would love to jazz them up a bit with feet like these. Thanks for the great idea!


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