Vintage Metal Cart Makeover

 Vintage Cart Transformation
Hi friends! Well, we've made it through one of our 3 baseball games this week, and I'm already pooped. Today will be another crazy day, but one I'm looking forward to. Speaking of looking forward to something...I picked up a sweet treasure at a garage sale this weekend and have been looking forward to sharing it with you. Today, I bring you the Vintage Metal Cart Makeover...
vintage cart before transformation
Here's how I found her....dusty, dirty, and covered with rust spots.
But, I knew with a little soap and water....
a lot of elbow grease (i.e. sanding)...and some makeup paint, I'd be able to get her looking pretty spiffy.
vintage cart paint choices
I sent out a plea on Instagram asking what color I should paint her.
The responses were mixed, so I went with my first choice... Rustoleum Painter's Touch Lagoon (I think that's the name of the color...I threw away the can) in a satin finish.
I enlisted a little more help to get the job done. Nice outfit, son.
vintage metal cart
Once she was all dry, I moved her out to the patio according to my original play. However, since we don't have any other patio furniture at the moment, I decided to bring her in.
She (my son just looked over my shoulder and asked why I'm referring to her as a "she"...hahaha) is the perfect size to be a "catch all" right near the kitchen. Maybe it will save my bar area from being bombarded each day....I can dream, can't I?!?
There's a basket on top for keys, sunglasses and phones and plenty of room to go through the day's mail (as I showed in the first picture with a fresh delivery today). I need to figure out a few more decorative items for the second shelf, or leave it for our library books and/or magazines.
vintage metal cart before and after
I just love how my little vintage metal cart turned out. Here's the before and after so you can see how drastic the change was. Seriously, does it even look like the same cart? In total, it cost me under 15 dollars. I paid $10 for it at a garage sale for my friends who are raising support for a mission trip to El Salvador this summer and a little money on the spray paint.

In all honesty, I don't do many of these "furniture" transformations, so I don't even know if I did it right. I probably should have used a primer and sanded between coats and such, but I was so excited to mind those kind of details. So, what do you think? She's a beauty, isn't she? I hope you enjoyed this little trash to treasure moment here on the blog and I hope you'll visit again soon!

I'm linking up at some of these great parties and

51 comments:

  1. Great transformation!! Love the color you chose - pretty!

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  2. love the color you chose, and what a fun cart. great find!

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  3. Great job - I love it! I recently saw a very similar cart in a local "designer" catalog for almost $100!

    Sam
    http://cooksandcreates.blogspot.com/

    (New follower and found you on Southern Lovely)

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  4. I love your cart! I have that color spray paint and it is Lagoon, by the way. I also have a cart like this that needs spiffing, but I can't for the life of me decide on a color. I'm thinking about taking it apart and painting the legs gold and the shelves white. Is that insane?

    Anyway, I think your project turned out fab! Congrats to you and your little helpers!

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  5. Love the color! I think it turned out great :)

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  6. Wow, what an amazing transformation! I’d love it if you could link this up to our party, Give Me The Goods Monday! {1 party, 5 blogs}
    http://www.somuchbetterwithage.com/2013/05/give-me-goods-party-7.html
    Have a great week!
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

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  7. Love the colour- looks fabulous!

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  8. Nici, We had one of those when I was growing up and I'm always hoping to find one while I'm out on the hunt. Nicely done. You can't beat a good rolling cart and the color looks great. Quite a transformation, for sure
    Liz!

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  9. Fun! I think we have one of those at my Grandmother's. That's a great piece to have for summer entertaining on a patio. Love the color you chose.

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  10. She is beautiful. I have my eye on one at a relatives house and does she need some love! You just made up my mind as to the color. Off the phone to beg, again. Regena in TN.

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  11. SO CUTE!! Love this fun cart, and you chose the perfect color for this cart.
    Mary Alice

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  12. Love her! What a great way to add some fun color to your patio this summer.

    ~Steph @ Silver Boxes
    http://stephssilverboxes.blogspot.ca

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  13. Wow! Great job! I love the colour you chose! How perfect and I love how the cart can go inside or outside! Happy Mother's Day! Angie xo

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  14. Nici,
    Love the color that you picked. Great transformation!! Just last weekend I purchased two of these old serving carts and their before looks very similar to yours. They are in a sad, sad shape at them moment but I knew with some elbow grease and paint that I could bring new life back into them. They're sitting waiting for a make-over soon.
    Have a great weekend and Mother's Day!

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  15. It turned out fantastic. I really love the color...great choice!

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  16. Oh my! It doesn't look so good before! Looks like you are training your children to be handy little fixer upper people!

    Happy mothers day!!..… :)

    hugs xx
    Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

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  17. Great makeover!! The cart looks cute now!! Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

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  18. I've always loved those kind of "tea trolley" carts but haven't been able to find one yet. What a great transformation!

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  19. Pretty! I have a yellow one in the basement that I've been wanting to make over but I don't know where I'd put it yet. Hmmm...now I'm really thinking about it since I've seen how cute yours is. :)

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  20. Ha! My mom had one just like it. You made it look so pretty! Thank you for linking this up at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

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  21. What an awesome find ... and I just love your makeover. That color is beautiful!

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  22. I love this. My mom had a yellow metal cart just like this when I was growing up. Wish I had it now!

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  23. I love your cart, my mom had one and boy, do they come in handy for all kinds of things. The children are growing so big, wow, they can take over the redo chores. Great makeover and find. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  24. If ever I find one of these, I always buy it. They are perfect for any room inside the house or working outside. I love the color you chose, but then I always love blue! Enjoy your little work horse! She's a beauty.

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  25. Super impress impressive makeover! Love the color! Thank you for linking up to Monday Funday!

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  26. Nici! You did go with the blue (that was my vote)! I love, love, love how this turned out. It's amazing how a little bit of TLC and color can transform something. It looks great. :)

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  27. Wow, it looks absolutely adorable after! I love the blue you chose! So cool that your kids can join in, our boys try to help too but they are still pretty little:)
    Krista

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  28. I can't believe the change! I bet so many people passed that cart up thinking it was a lost cause, too!

    You should link this up at DIY Maynia - this week's challenge was thrift store/garage sale projects! :)
    http://humberhomeproject.blogspot.com/2013/05/country-to-chevron-thrift-store-diy.html

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  29. Hi Nici,
    This cart is so cute. You did a great job.
    Debi and Charly

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  30. Wow! It looks brand new and I love the color you used, Nici :-) Thank you for sharing this at our All My Bloggy Friends Party !

    Linda
    With A Blast

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  31. Looks great! Thank you for joining Home Home Sweet
    Sherry

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  32. Really cute cart! I love the color. I've featured it today: http://www.52mantels.com/2013/05/home-decor-ideas.html

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  33. A very nice job and such a pretty color too! I love it!

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  34. What a cute cart! Thanks for linking up to DIY May-nia!

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  35. I was enjoying that you were calling the cart her and got a good chuckle when you mentioned your son commenting on it. I love your choice of color and how the cart turned out. Glad you came by DIY May-nia.

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  36. What a great makeover! It's amazing what spray paint can do. Love the color too!

    I actually think you're good without having used any primer, because of the type of spraypaint you used. I've used their line on plastic and that stuff bonds well---if you follow all the directions on recoating and time, of course.

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  37. I love it, even the choice of color!

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  38. Nici - I featured your project today! Thanks again for linking up to DIY Maynia!
    http://humberhomeproject.blogspot.com/2013/05/diy-maynia-week-2-featured-project.html

    Have a wonderful week! :)

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  39. I absolutely love this cart!!! Such a great choice of color too. How fun to have your kids helping out. :) Our Simply Create Link party is going on right now. I would love to have you link up, as I'm sure my followers would love to see your great cart too. Hope to see you soon!

    Melissa
    redflycreations.com

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  40. What an awesome transformation! And perfect color choice! I popped over from Alderberry Hill--thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

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  41. Thank you so much for linking up your cart at our Simply Create Link party! I just wanted to pop by and let you know that you are being featured tonight! Feel free to stop by and check it out. :)

    Melissa
    redflycreations.com

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  42. Love it, great color! Congrats on having the vision to see it's potential. I'm hopping over from Sarah's blog hop. Hugs!

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  43. Hey there! Thanks for stopping by Bowdabra a linking up your awesome project! We appreciate it!

    Have a lovely a week,
    Susie@bowdabra
    http://bowdabrablog. com

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  44. I love your cart makeover, Nici! That blue color is PERFECT! Thanks for linking it up to our Summer Spruce Up Party!! Have a great day!
    Restoration Beauty

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  45. This looks GREAT! I'm sure you don't need it, but just in case, I confirm that this was the best color choice to go with. Nice work!

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  46. So bright and fresh! I have one of these in my garage that needs a new coat of paint. Thanks for sharing.

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  47. This looks great! My parents have a VERY similar bar cart that I'm going to paint for their screen porch. Thanks for the inspiration!

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