A Crafty Mix


From Fishing Tackle Box to Kitchen Island

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 many thrift store finds can be used to make a kitchen island. Here we used a fishing tackle box and office storage to create this one. #KitchenIslandDIY #Repurposed #ACraftyMix #ThriftStoreFinds

I’m a DIY-er for goodness sake. I can make my own, right!!? So off we went to the second-hand shops and found a beautiful wooden fishing tackle box in need of some serious TLC.

A fishing tackle box has the potential to become so much more. We used this one to make a kitchen island

All those little compartments have soooooo much potential 😀 We also found this small office storage unit with no door handles. We picked them both up for an absolute bargain.

Old office storage is cheap and can be repurposed into so many different things

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.

It's almost as if they were made for each other

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

Our Jazz needs to approve the makeover first

Good things come to those who bait 🙂 Click to Tweet

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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.

The fishing tackle box needed a good cleaning and sanding first

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.

Clean and seal the inside of the fishing tackle box to prevent smells and bleed through

The office storage was a little wonky, probably because the back was made from a thin piece of veneer. So we reinforced the back using a spare piece of masonite, cut to size, and some wood glue. No more wonky storage unit 😎

So many thrift store finds can be used to make a kitchen island. Here we used a fishing tackle box and office storage to create this one. #KitchenIslandDIY #Repurposed #ACraftyMix #ThriftStoreFinds

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, whitewashed, weathered kinda look. We did something similar when we made this awesome hidden toolbox storage.

How we used gulder's paste and chalk paint to create a weathered look

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

To finish off add new hardware

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. Forks are such handy little things. They can be turned into air planters and used to make floating teapots too 😉

So many thrift store finds can be used to make a kitchen island. Here we used a fishing tackle box and office storage to create this one. #KitchenIslandDIY #Repurposed #ACraftyMix #ThriftStoreFinds

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.

So many thrift store finds can be used to make a kitchen island. Here we used a fishing tackle box and office storage to create this one. #KitchenIslandDIY #Repurposed #ACraftyMix #ThriftStoreFinds

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

Repurpose a fishing tackle box and office storage to make a unique kitchen island #ACraftymix #StorageSolutions #SmallSpace

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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 inspires you to see things in a new light. And maybe those odd thrifted pieces can become a match made in kitchen heaven too 😉

So many thrift store finds can be used to make a kitchen island. I bet you'll never guess what we used to make this one #KitchenIslandDIY #Repurposed #ACraftyMix #ThriftStoreFinds

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

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  • Posted: April 1, 2021 16:45

    Rosemary Palmer

    What a great makeover and so much extra storage. I need something like this for my coffee bar.
    • Posted: April 4, 2021 09:26


      Good point, Rosemary. The little kitchen island would work really well as a coffee station too.
  • Posted: March 31, 2021 15:41


    Absolutely incredible! Definitely from shabby to chic. You thought of everything and this one of a kind island is just about as perfect as can be. So amazing, Michelle!
    • Posted: April 4, 2021 09:28


      I love our kitchen island. Our holiday home is really small so she fits in perfectly and all that extra storage comes in so handy.
  • Posted: March 30, 2021 03:49


    It turned out beautiful I love the colors!
  • Posted: March 30, 2021 02:59

    Anita Holland

    This is really brilliant, great repurpose. It would look really cool as an outdoor unit for all those braai's you have in summer. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe for gesso this is one I will defiantly be using.
    • Posted: March 30, 2021 12:26


      That's a great idea, Anita. I'll have to keep my eyes out for something similar that I can repurpose into a braai island ;-)
  • Posted: March 29, 2021 16:24

    Cat Michaels

    Mind.Just.Blown Never would I ever think of using a tackle box for a kitchen island, but you absolutely nailed it. Kudos -:D
  • Posted: March 29, 2021 14:34


    Wow, the storage in there is amazing - it really is a match made in heaven! Love the finishing touch of that fork! How did you afix the glass to the top of the lid?
    • Posted: March 29, 2021 15:59


      Thanks so much, Sara. We used stainless steel glass table spacers. I think the technical term is a Standoff Fixing Screw Bolt or something like that :D
  • Posted: November 5, 2018 16:18


    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


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


    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


      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


      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


      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


      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


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


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


    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


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


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


      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

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    • Posted: January 29, 2016 10:32


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

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    • Posted: January 4, 2016 06:49


      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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