Good afternoon! We were thrilled to have our Affordable Autumn Tablescape for Two featured last week at Inspiration Friday at The Picket Fence–thank you so much, Vanessa and Heather, and check out all the wonderful projects that got shared there!
Today I have a cool little vintage bar cart to show you that went from being a do-nothing outside cart to one that will soon help to set a swanky party mood in our living room.
I picked this metal cart up last year at the Camas Home and Garden plant sale for $15, and I loved that it not only had ample shelves for storage and display purposes but it also had hard plastic wheels and was easily mobile. I painted it dark turquoise to match my other outdoor hardscape and furniture, and parked it out under the pergola with our table and chairs.
It looked fine for outside use, but I found that we really didn’t use it that much out there. So I brought it inside, and it sat in the basement and I passed by it every day when I went down to work out on the treadmill. Finally, after looking at it a zillion times, I decided that what it really wanted was to start its life over as a glamorous bar cart, and I proceeded to give it a Hollywood makeover.
Since it was already painted, I didn’t bother priming it. I just went to work and wrapped the wheels completely in painter’s tape, and then I broke out the Rustoleum Gold Rush Metallic spray paint of which I am so fond ($5.79 a can, and they are not sponsoring me but I wish they would :), and applied it liberally to the tops of all the shelves and supports. I let it dry overnight, then turned the cart over and sprayed it again to get all the bottom parts as well, and let it dry again.
After the cart was dry, and while it was still turned upside down so the wheels were on the top, I unwrapped the wheels and had to come up with a way to bring them back to life, because they were pretty beat-up looking. I knew I wanted them to be shiny black, and after thinking over several options, what I finally ended up using was a Krylon Short Cuts Paint Pen that we’ve had for a while in my crafting supplies.
One tip I have for you is to try out these paint pens, because they are versatile for use in tight areas where it would be impossible to focus a stream of spray paint and time consuming to try to paint it with a brush. You shake the pen well (it has a little ball in it like a can of spray paint), then take the cap off and press the little felt-pen top up and down a few times on the object that you want to paint to get the paint flowing, and then just use it like a felt pen to apply the paint where you want it. It was quick and easy to use, and the paint came out black and glossy, which is exactly what I wanted. It has a small tip, which made it perfect for getting into all the nooks and crannies of those wheels. I do recommend wearing disposable gloves for this, because I ended up having to rotate the wheels to get the paint where I needed it, and it was a little messy on the fingers. One pen was more than enough for this project. I could no longer find these Krylon paint pens for sale in my area, but I did find a similar pen at Craft Warehouse, which is the DecoColor Fine Point glossy oil-based Paint Marker, and they were on sale for $3.79.
Another tip for the wheels is to apply some polyurethane to the wheel treads after the paint dries. This will help to not only seal the black paint on the wheel tread, but will also protect your floors when you use the bar cart inside your home. I used a small foam brush to apply a coat of water-based Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish in Clear Satin to the wheels, and then I let it dry for 5 days to cure.
I think it now looks sleek and ready to add some vintage style to our living room! (I’m ready to invite Cole Porter, Cary Grant and Ava Gardner over for drinks! :) Not bad for a project that cost less than $25 total. It should go well with another piece of furniture that I hope to have ready to show you next week, so stay tuned!
Do you love spray paint projects? What projects have you been working on lately for your home? I’d love to hear from you in the comments, so stop by for a visit!
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