Hoosier Cabinet Turned Outdoor Kitchen Island

Back in January, on our way to my sister’s house for Superbowl, we drove past this old Hoosier cabinet sitting by the dumpster.  

My husband immediately made a u-turn and we pulled over to check it out.  

Outdoor Kitchen

Once we got up close, I noticed it was a whole lot of not-so-pretty.

The top was just there.  It wasn’t attached to anything and it was in pretty rough shape.

Outdoor Kitchen

The front of the drawers were falling off and they were just plain gross.

Outdoor Kitchen

Here’s my problem…I wasn’t about to pass up FREE!  So, we threw it in the truck!

I also had no idea what I was going to do with it.  AND, I had no idea what it was!  After posting it on my Facebook page, a sweet lady mentioned that it was the bottom of a Hoosier cabinet!  How fun is that!? (I sooo wish it still had the top!)

It was in such bad shape that I threw the idea of restoring and selling it right out the window!  I had to figure out a way to keep it and make it usable.  So, I decided to turn it into an outdoor kitchen island.

Outdoor Kitchen Island

After taking it apart, I assessed the damage (Eeek!) and came up with a plan.

My original plan involved creating a work surface made of stained wood.  

Outdoor Kitchen Island

But, I didn’t love it.  In fact, I hated it!

While I thought about what I was going to do instead, I painted it with Annie Sloan’s Primer Red, and then, I pushed it aside and started on other projects.  

My little Hoosier cabinet got buried in the garage while I worked on other things… for 4 months.

Last week, I made this Back Porch Headboard Swing

Back Porch Headboard Swing

…and so today, I decided it was finally time to finish my little Hoosier cabinet to complete our back porch.

I gave it three more coats of paint, and reattached it’s original porcelain top (after I gave it a good cleaning).

Outdoor Kitchen Island

Next, I lined the drawers with paper and gave it a good coating of Mod Podge.

Outdoor Kitchen Island

(The tops of the drawers may have gotten another coat of paint!)

I also added some hooks to the side for cooking tools and a hand towel.

Outdoor Kitchen Island

Once it was done, I knew the perfect place to put our new kitchen island, but that meant updating the decorations as well.  (Don’t judge… I’ve just started decorating outside… there’s a learning curve right?)

Outdoor Kitchen Island

As you can see, I just had never gotten around to decorating our back porch.  I did know that our previous pool furniture just wasn’t doing the trick.  

The first thing I did was paint these lovely wall decorations so they would match.

Outdoor Kitchen Island

I turned the middle tin picture into a place where we could hang recipes and meal ideas using magnets.  YUM!!

Outdoor Kitchen Island

And here is our finished Hoosier cabinet turned outdoor kitchen island…

Outdoor Kitchen Island

 I love that my husband now has a place to store his charcoal, lighter fluid, and grilling tools! (So much better than having them take up space in my kitchen.)  He also now has a nice surface to set his pans, prepare the food and prepare my drinks.  😉

And oh yes.. we have the hamburger meat out and ready to grill for tonight!  I can’t wait to use our new island!  I mean, I can’t wait for my HUSBAND to use the new island!





My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


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  1. Great transformation, Claire!!! I love the color and the fact you put the old top back on her!!! Try to stay cool and enjoy the burgers!!~~Angela
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  2. Nice!!! You made her beautiful again. Not bad for the price huh? Hahahaa.. Luv it. The charcoal and grilling accoutrements should be honoured.
    Happy weekend.
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  3. It is cute but kinda funny that my cousin just bought two tops for this cabinet. She is looking for the bottoms. Too funny. Dianntha
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  4. What a great use for that old cabinet. it tuned out looking pretty good after all, didn’t it? xo Diana
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  5. Hi Claire~ I’ll tell you, this is the kind of post that’s most inspirational…taking something totally trash-worthy and making it into a cute and functional piece…I just Love the trash to treasure projects!!! Have a wonderful weekend~ Heidi
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  6. Laura Lee Sylvester says:

    Wonderful transformation. From Free to Fantastic! Keith and I bought an old Hoosier Cabinet years ago and I repainted it for our dining room. It now holds my variety of pinkish old antique dishes. Someday I’ll send you a picture. I loved all that you did in this blog. You are one talented lady. Hope you are doing well. Laura

  7. TDC……too darn cute!
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  8. Great job, clever idea and perseverance paid off. Enjoy!

  9. OMG, I absolutely love your transformation. I still transform/paint small pieces, but I’m working my way up to larger ones like this. I just altered a vintage wood dustpan into a magazine rack. If you want to see it, come on over for an iced tea and a look around! Love to have you.
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  10. I am so glad to see that you saved it! I am also excited to see your tin ceiling tile looking thingy. Sorry I didn’t read the post. I should go back and do that. I have been dying to use the faux ones in my room. HMMMMM…

    Great work! Glad to see you painting! It makes my heart happy!
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  11. Amazing transformation. Well done!
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  12. WOW ! What a brilliant transformation !! Am so in love with the before and after transformations ! Its almost like a soft bulb glows in my mind when I see the after transformation pic. You have done such an awesome job of that hoosier cabinet ! I too am guilty of keeping stuff, “safely” in the shed and waiting for a little inspiration to spark me into action.
    Love from Dubai

  13. What an amazing transformation, you did an incredible job! I am all for outdoor kitchens and islands if they get our husbands to cook a couple of months of the year 🙂

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