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From Fishing Tackle Box to Kitchen Island

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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.

When two totally unrelated things come together they make magic. Kitchen Island kinda magic. A fishing tackle box and old office storage are repurposed into this beautiful island. #DIYHomeDecor #DIYKitchenIsland #RepurposingIdeas #FishingTackleBox

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.

When two totally unrelated things come together they make magic. Kitchen Island kinda magic. A fishing tackle box and old office storage are repurposed into this beautiful island. #DIYHomeDecor #DIYKitchenIsland #RepurposingIdeas #FishingTackleBox

Jazz was not very impressed with her human slaves though 😀 Surely we should be using the tackle box to catch her some fish?

Jazz is not very impressed

Jazz is not very impressed

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Repurposing a Fishing Tackle Box and Office Storage

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.

Fixing up

This needs to be fixed

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.

Use Acrylic Gesso for the top and spray the inside

Use Acrylic Gesso for the top and spray paint the inside

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 😎

Reinforcing the back of the storage unit

Reinforcing the back of the 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.

Getting the look - Old White Chalk Paint, Silver Gilders Paste and clear wax

Getting the look – Old White Chalk Paint, Silver Gilders Paste and clear wax

The back of the storage unit got two coats of blackboard paint and we added some really pretty hardware on the sides.

Before and after - creating a weathered look

Before and after – creating a weathered look

Finishing off the Fishing Tackle Kitchen Island

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.

When two totally unrelated things come together they make magic. Kitchen Island kinda magic. A fishing tackle box and old office storage are repurposed into this beautiful island. #DIYHomeDecor #DIYKitchenIsland #RepurposingIdeas #FishingTackleBox

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.

When two totally unrelated things come together they make magic. Kitchen Island kinda magic. A fishing tackle box and old office storage are repurposed into this beautiful island. #DIYHomeDecor #DIYKitchenIsland #RepurposingIdeas #FishingTackleBox

And just look at all that beautiful extra storage 😎

When two totally unrelated things come together they make magic. Kitchen Island kinda magic. A fishing tackle box and old office storage are repurposed into this beautiful island. #DIYHomeDecor #DIYKitchenIsland #RepurposingIdeas #FishingTackleBox

I love our new kitchen island. She’s just perfect for our little house by the sea.

When two totally unrelated things come together they make magic. Kitchen Island kinda magic. A fishing tackle box and old office storage are repurposed into this beautiful island. #DIYHomeDecor #DIYKitchenIsland #RepurposingIdeas #FishingTackleBox

She’s small, compact and has loads of storage. What more could a girl ask for 😉 What do you think?

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When two totally unrelated things come together they make magic. Kitchen Island kinda magic. A fishing tackle box and old office storage are repurposed into this beautiful island. #DIYHomeDecor #DIYKitchenIsland #RepurposingIdeas #FishingTackleBox

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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Until next time, here’s wishing you a beautiful, love filled week.

 

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Comments

  • Posted: November 5, 2018 16:18

    Cathy

    Brilliant Michelle. I have no idea how you saw this kitchen island but it looks so pretty. If you ever want to sell let me know please 😶
    • Posted: November 5, 2018 16:19

      acraftymix

      I'll do that Cathy, thank you so much 💞
  • Posted: February 17, 2017 03:22

    Keri

    Michelle, this is a wonderful repurpose of the tackle box and cart! It's so beautiful and of course the extra storage is always a plus. The forken is a very clever touch.
    • Posted: February 17, 2017 06:05

      acraftymix

      I love that forken handle that the cuz made ;-) Thank you Keri
  • Posted: February 16, 2017 19:01

    Marie from The Interior Frugalista

    Michelle, I so love the way you think - this is brilliant!
    • Posted: February 17, 2017 06:01

      acraftymix

      Yay Marie, glad you like it. The kitchen island is probably one of my favorite re-purposes of last year.
  • Posted: February 15, 2017 21:51

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Oh wow Michelle, it looks great! You are so creative, always coming up with some off the wall amazing idea! Love the hardware, and chalkboard.
    • Posted: February 16, 2017 06:02

      acraftymix

      Thank you so much Linda. Our kitchen island was just one of those projects where everything seemed to fit
  • Posted: February 15, 2017 20:02

    Mary-the boondocks blog

    Michelle this is so cool. I am a big fan of Black and White and this makes for a very striking kitchen island. Your imagination has no bounds.
    • Posted: February 16, 2017 06:03

      acraftymix

      Thanks a mil Mary, she's made such a difference to our storage space in the kitchen and I love the fact that we can just wheel here anywhere
  • Posted: April 23, 2016 13:55

    Anonymous

    From junk to OMG so beautiful!!! Thank you!
    • Posted: April 24, 2016 06:36

      acraftymix

      :-) Thank you Anon :-)
  • Posted: March 2, 2016 13:06

    Susan

    You're a miracle worker and I wish you were my neighbor so I could craft and repurpose with you. :) I adore this kitchen island.
    • Posted: March 2, 2016 17:02

      acraftymix

      Me too Susan. Let's be virtual neighbors and share? I abSooooLutely loved your care package idea.
  • Posted: February 5, 2016 19:10

    Stacy

    Oh wow. You are amazing at what you do! I love it. What is glider paste? Thank you.
    • Posted: February 6, 2016 07:31

      acraftymix

      Thank you for your lovely comments Stacy. Gilders paste is almost like shoe polish but it comes in the most beautiful colors and it's really easy to use. Just rub it on with your finger or a soft cloth and it can be applied on metal, wood, clay, ceramic, wax or resin. In South Africa you can find it at most craft stores. Our local hardware store also stocks some. Hope it helps.
  • Posted: January 20, 2016 01:01

    DIY Kitchen Island -

    […] islands are amazing for prep space and storage, IF you have the space for one.  Michelle, from A Crafty Mix, did have the space in her kitchen, but didn’t want to spend a lot of money.  She scoured […]
    • Posted: January 29, 2016 10:32

      acraftymix

      Thank you sooooo much for the feature Kimm. Really, really appreciate it
  • Posted: January 4, 2016 02:10

    DIY Kitchen Island - Reader Feature - The Graphics Fairy

    […] can’t believe how stunning it turned out! To see her full tutorial and other projects, visit her blog. To learn how to transfer images yourself, visit the Transfer Methods […]
    • Posted: January 4, 2016 06:49

      acraftymix

      Thank you so very much, Graphics Fairy, for the feature. As always your graphics can turn any project from "That's nice" to "Oh Wow!!"

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