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.
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.
The front of the drawers were falling off and they were just plain gross.
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.
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.
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…
…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).
Next, I lined the drawers with paper and gave it a good coating of Mod Podge.
(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.
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?)
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.
I turned the middle tin picture into a place where we could hang recipes and meal ideas using magnets. YUM!!
And here is our finished Hoosier cabinet turned 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!