Metal cart redo

7 Aug

We found this small metal rolling cart back in October of last year, when Intern and I accidentally wandered into an estate sale in the neighborhood. It was an accident on Intern’s part- if he had known about the sale, he would have tried to avoid the block, because he knows it is almost impossible for me to resist an estate sale. He indulged me though, and we went into a real claptrap of an old house to dig around in a bunch of old stuff. Edit: Here is the ‘before’ photo.

We already have two metal bar carts, but when I spotted this smaller version under a pile of junk in the basement, I wanted it to join the family. I paid $5 for the rusty cart (a steal!) and Intern wasted no time in telling me it was overpriced. I insisted that this would be the best cart, once it was cleaned up and repainted. The bar cart was actually a pretty miserable pile of rust, broken wheels, and wobbly shelves and I let it sit in the garage for 9 months, but I had plans for it. Designsponge featured a bar cart makeover that stuck in my brain, with an excellent combination of cream and gold paint. Even after 9 months of ignoring the cart, I still wanted to replicate the project, exactly as it had been done on DesignSponge. Intern tried to dissuade me from the gold+cream combo, however I was not to be swayed.

I took my time with the project, because honestly every time I started sanding the stupid cart I got discouraged by how rusty the whole thing was. I took it apart, lost one screw, and let it get dusty again before I got back to the project. After a few afternoon hours of sanding, and another afternoon of rust removal with baking soda and scrubbing (and more sanding) I used a bronze-gold spray paint on the legs and  lots of tedious coats of  glossy cream spray paint on the shelves. Once the paint was totally dry, I replaced the old wood and metal casters with new brass castors from California Castor for $8 total.

The project was an ordeal from beginning to end, including the final step of trying to take pictures of the damn thing without cats all over my business. The project is done, and I am happy with how it finally turned out. Having a wheeled cart in the bathroom has solved a storage problem for us, and created an annoying place for the cats to hang out while I try to put makeup on in the mornings.

5 Responses to “Metal cart redo”

  1. thesaintjeffreys August 7, 2013 at 10:22 AM #

    Love this bar cart & great idea using a wine crate as storage! I wish I could have seen a picture of the cart before the makeover.

    • Kate Koeppel August 8, 2013 at 12:49 PM #

      Hi there, the before photo was just added to the post!

  2. Jessica August 8, 2013 at 12:46 PM #

    I love it! I found one like that last summer at the flea market but it was priced at $75 so I left it alone! crazy!

    • Kate Koeppel August 8, 2013 at 12:47 PM #

      eee! that is outrageous. We’ve got 3 carts, and paid under $20 for each one.

      • Jessica August 9, 2013 at 8:53 PM #

        I guess even he prices for flea market finds are bigger in Texas hee hee

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