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There’s just enough space in our tiny little round house for a kitchen island, but there’s no ways I’m paying so much money for one – have you seen the prices? It’s ridiculous!! So off we went to the second hand shops and found a beautiful wooden fishing tackle box in need of some serious TLC and a small office storage unit with no door handles. We picked them both up for an absolute bargain.
They’re a match made in heaven. Can you see it? When you put them together they’re the perfect starting point for a kitchen island.
Jazz was not very impressed with her human slaves though 😀 Surely we should be using the tackle box to catch her some fish?
Both the pieces needed some serious work. Those yellow handles had to go!! The storage unit was also a bit wonky and there were dents and dings that called for some elbow grease, wood filler and lots and lots of sanding.
Trying to sand those nasty water stains on the tackle box lid just didn’t work so we used some of our homemade gesso and painted it over the top. Once the gesso had hardened we sprayed the lid black. The inside got a good wipe down and then two coats of white primer. Wood filler was used to fix the holes from the original handles.
Try as we might there was just no ways we could fix the horrible veneer on the storage unit. So we just peeled it off. We reinforced the back of the unit using a spare piece of masonite, cut to size and some wood glue. No more wonky storage unit 😎
Now to make pretty. My favorite part 😉 I wanted a white weathered look to match the cupboards in the kitchen and the easiest way I’ve found to do it is to use Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint, some silver Gilder’s Paste and clear wax. I gave the storage unit 3 coats of chalk paint and then added streaks of the silver paste, making sure I “streaked” the paste in the same direction as the wood grain. When you apply the clear wax over the paste it creates a soft and subtle, white washed, weathered kinda look. We did the something similar when we made this awesome hidden toolbox storage.
The back of the storage unit got two coats of blackboard paint and we added some really pretty hardware on the sides.
Okay, now for the finishing touches. We attached the tackle box to the top of the storage unit using wood glue and nuts and bolts. We traced this stunning image from the Graphics Fairy onto the blackboard on the back of the storage unit using the projector method tutorial from Miss Mustard Seed.
The glass cutter down the road cut a piece of safety glass to fit the lid and we added four wheels to the bottom of the storage unit for extra mobility. It’s so much easier when you can wheel storage things around. Best of all my cousin made a “frokken handle” for the island by bending a fork in the vice. I think it’s so cool.
And just look at all that beautiful extra storage 😎
I love our new kitchen island. She’s just perfect for our little house by the sea.
She’s small, compact and has loads of storage. What more could a girl ask for 😉 What do you think?
I know that wooden fishing tackle boxes are probably not that easy to find, but I hope this post inspired you to see things in a new light. And just maybe you’ll find two totally unrelated objects that can be turned into a kitchen island that’s unique and as special as what you are. But if you’d prefer to buy rather than DIY, we’ve got you covered Disclosure: Clicking on the links below, means we may receive a commission from Amazon. But don’t worry it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us come up with more crafty ideas to share with you
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