7.09.2013

Vintage Kitchen Cart Makeover


Good morning, good morning! If you caught up on my Fourth of July holiday adventures yesterday, you saw a sneak peek at couple of projects I did at my parents' river house over the weekend. Today I'm sharing the first of those - a vintage kitchen cart makeover!

When my parents first bought the river house, but before they closed on it, the previous owners had an estate sale at the house. It was FULL of stuff. So much stuff. My parents bought a few things, which they then left at the house since they had just bought the home - kind of funny, huh? :) One of the things my dad spotted at the sale was this awesome/but horribly painted vintage kitchen cart.


I didn't even know it was one of the items from the sale until a couple of months ago, when I spotted it in the garage and asked if I could give it a new paint job. I mean, it's just begging for it, right? That orange is...let's just say...not my ideal color. It was also a little rusty in certain places (although it was hard to distinguish rust from the orange paint). It had probably been used outside a ton in its previous life.

I started by giving it a good sanding with some low grit (60 - very coarse) sandpaper to remove as much paint as I could and rough up the other surfaces so that the new paint would stick. Turns out it practically flaked off the handles, but wouldn't budge off the tray areas. That makes me think that the handles were originally unpainted.

I sanded and sanded, but it soon became clear that the surfaces, especially the top tray, wouldn't ever be perfectly even. Oh well! It's just an old cart, after all. It didn't have to be perfect. I made sure to clean it off really well so I didn't have any flaky old paint or dust messing up the new paint job. I could at least control that part!


In this next photo, you can see the leftover rusty, rough spots on the tray's surface even after I sanded, but hey, anything's better than that orange :).


Then I got to work on painting it a happy light aqua color. I used Krylon Indoor/Outdoor spray paint in Ocean Blue (Gloss). I found the best price for it at Walmart (about $3.75 per can). It took me two and half cans to cover the entire cart with two coats. Not bad! The key to a good spray painting job is to move quickly and apply it thinly and evenly. Remember that it won't look perfect on the first coat. Take your time.


The final product turned beautifully! Take a look:


My mom and I had fun styling it up on the screen porch for a little photo shoot. I put some bright pink placemats on the top tray surface, which was both functional (cover up the rougher patches you saw in previous photos) and pretty since the color complimented the aqua nicely.


A few glass tumblers, an ice bucket and a pitcher of water made for a cute little drink stand. Oh, and a few flowers from my mom's yard don't hurt either :). Don't you just love hydrangeas?


We played around with the styling a bit too. Why not have some cookies there as well? Mmm...oatmeal raisin...


Or maybe some silver water goblets?


It's a perfect addition to the screen porch (in my opinion - mom, do you agree?). Turns out it's really nice to have an extra surface near the dining table out there. We even put the computer on it at one point so my parents, Charlie and I could all Facetime with my brother and his wife out there! The fact that it's a cart makes it easy to move and use in different places as well. I'm sure we'll be using it a lot.

Let's take a look at the transformation one more time, before and after style:


What a difference, huh? Watch out parents, I might have to steal it from you some day. It's just such a fun piece with its new aqua color!

Have a wonderful day, y'all!

Have you made over a cart like this before? If you have, what have you used it for?

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65 comments:

  1. This is adorable, I love it! Great color choice.

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  2. This is so cute! I love the color, too. :-)
    Amy @ www.justdoityall.com

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  3. really cute! Your colors are so cheerful! I have a vintage table with a small drawer--just might try a similar redo!
    Linda
    mysewwhatblog.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Linda! You should definitely try it. It's amazing what a new coat of paint can do!

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  4. Pretty cart! It looks great in that color, and what a great way to serve up your refreshments!

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    1. Thanks! I think that cart will get a lot of good use over the years!

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  5. It looks great! So cute and fun.

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  6. So adorable!!! And I love the way you styled it, too.

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  7. So pretty! I love these kinds of carts, but I've never been able to find one! The color you chose is perfect!

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  8. I adore this project! The color is perfect! I’d love to have you visit my weekly link party and link this up. Hope to see you there. http://thelifeofjenniferdawn.blogspot.com/2013/07/a-little-bird-told-me-link-party-50.html

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  9. This is perfection!! I redid a vintage tea cart in aqua and it was good as new!

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  10. Gorgeous! I have a metal cart in my garage that I have been wanting to spray paint. Thank you so much for the inspiration. (The color you used is awesome, btw!) Pinning.

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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  11. I grab these carts whenever I see them at estate sales. They take paint really well and I've sold several made-over ones. The only one I've kept was this one that I used in our office makeover: http://piesandpuggles.blogspot.com/2013/06/office-makeover-stick-fork-in-it.html.

    I love the aqua color the Krylon paint comes in, but I've had bad luck with that brand. I wish Rustoleum had something similar!

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  12. It looks beautiful, and what a fun way to spend time with your mom!

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  13. Adorable! Thank you for sharing at Give Me The Goods!

    Dimples & Pig Tales

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  14. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    Love, love this! And your photography is beautiful. I'd love one of these for my patio. What a great way to serve food al fresco!

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  15. Great update! I came across your cart makeover on Pinterest, and the second I spotted it, I noticed it is the same style of cart that I have! Our neighbors were throwing theirs out to the curb, and I picked it up and gave it a DIY too! So funny having the same cart, and both of us updating them! Mine was in way worse shape than yours (lucky duck!) so I ended up putting fabric to cover up the rust issues (even after much sanding and painting).
    You can check out my DIY updated cart:
    http://www.madcapfrenzy.blogspot.com/2012/04/bar-cart-is-complete.html
    I love the color of yours, btw! I find carts to be just down right adorable, don't you?

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  16. Gorgeous before and after! Love aqua and red together :)
    Sharing on FB tomorrow too...

    xo, Tanya

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  17. amazing transformation! i have a thing for carts myself and love their endless funtionality. beautiful job!

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  18. Chaney I love the color choice! It's such a cute transformation! Thank you for linking up this week to The Inspiration Gallery!

    Mandy @ The Hankful House Blog

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  19. I'm crazy about your cart, Chaney. Just lovely!

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  20. I just wanted to stop by & let you know that you were featured in my Sunday Social this week. :-)
    http://justdoityall.com/decor/sunday-social-3/
    Amy
    www.justdoityall.com

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  21. Wow! What a transformation! And I love the cart itself too! So functional! Great color choice. Pinned it to my furniture redo board! Thanks for sharing at All Things Pretty!

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  22. Very nice! I really like that color - and I'm not usually a "blue girl". I have a similar metal cart - without flip up sides - that could really use a new paint job. . .
    I'll be sharing this on my FB page!
    Breida

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  23. So beautiful. You did a fantastic job on this cart.
    I am your newest follower. Will you follow me back. Very much appreciated.
    Again, this cart is so pretty.

    Ellya

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  24. Thank you so much for sharing at my party. I am featuring this Thursday. Love it!

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  25. Thank you so much for sharing! I love this version, I hate taping off too, but you did it perfectly. Featuring on Thursday, thanks! -K

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  26. Loving this makeover, Hi! from Happy Hour and loving your blog. This cart is so pretty and the color is fabulous. I am loving Blues/Greens these days, but Purple is my favorite color. Following, stop and say hi! :)

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  27. I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven't already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday! http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/.

    I would be honored if you join us and follow to stay connected Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs, Cathy

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  28. So pretty!! And you have it styled beautifully!! Fabulous colour- I have recently been spraying everything in "Bahama Sea"... similar colour. Will have to keep my eyes open for this colour as well! Love it!

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  29. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous ! Xo

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  30. Gorgeous! I love how it turned out, nice work! Found you through all things pretty and I'd love for you to link this up with me at my party that starts at 8pm tonight!

    http://www.livingbettertogether.com/2013/07/tgif-link-party-no-5.html

    Have a great day!

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  31. So cute and very versatile looking found you on create it thursday I'm lorraine at http://lorrainesresources.blogspot.com

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  32. Absolutely adorable, I love the colors you chose! I featured you today on my Kick-Off Friday post!

    http://craftivitydesigns.blogspot.com/2013/07/kick-off-friday_19.html

    Have a great weekend!

    Erica @ Craftivity Designs

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  33. Wow! I love love love this....the color is fantastic. I love the way you styled it too! I'd love it if you linked it up at my weekly party on Monday - Mod Mix Monday at Mod Vintage Life. http://www.modvintagelife.com

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  34. I am featuring your kitchen cart on my blog today. I love the color. So much fun. Thanks for linking it up and I hope to see you tomorrow for another party.

    http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com/

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  35. wow! great transformation! I love the color that you used too... how nice that the sides go up if you need more counter space, but I love how small it is too... lovely! emily@nap-timecreatios.com

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  36. The cart is beautiful and styled gorgeous! LOVE!

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  37. so so beautiful and GREAT pix! Sharing on FB tomorrow and will be featuring you on Thursday. Thanks so much for linking up to support Habitat4Humanity!

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  38. Fabulous! I love the color, especially with the bright pink accents. You did a great job!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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  39. That turned out so pretty! I love it.

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  40. Just stopped by from your link on the YHL forums! You did a fabulous job. Goes to show what a huge difference a little elbow grease and some paint make. I hope you don't mind if I "pin" this for some inspiration for our home.

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  41. Just came over here via your link on the YHL forum! This is simple and fabulous. Thanks for sharing. I hope you don't mind if I "pin" this for inspiration. Now, to find some estate sales this weekend...

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  42. I absolutely love this...wish it was for sale.

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    1. Thanks! It's an easy DIY if you find an old cart. Go for it!

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  43. So pretty, Chaney! LOVE the color and the styling is beautiful. Totally going to be scouring my local thrift shops :)

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  44. Love it! I hope you'll link up! http://www.dagmarbleasdale.com/2013/09/thrifty-vintage-finds-link-party-9/

    Dagmar
    Dagmar's Home

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  45. Chaney, I know I have already featured this cart when I co-hosted DDD, but I am still in love with it! So stinkin' cute!! Thank you so much for linking up your Thrifty Project with Get Your DIY on this past week. I hope you'll join us at 4:00 today to link up any spray painting projects you have had. Have a great Sunday!!

    Mandy @ The Hankful House Blog

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  48. Loving this makeover, Hi! from Happy Hour and loving your blog. This cart is so pretty and the color is fabulous. I am loving Blues/Greens these days, but Purple is my favorite color. Following, stop and say hi! :)
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