I have been eager to share this project for over a week now!
A few months ago I found a metal rolling cart in a garbage pile at work. I was on my way out the door so I recruited a friend, we’ll call him “Little G”, to rescue the cart before it went down into the dumpster. Luckily Little G humored my need for garbage picking and when I returned to the office this metal rolling cart was waiting for me.
Thanks Little G!
Needless to say this cart was filthy and starting to rust. I brought the cart home, cleaned it up and started by scraping off some of the rust and chipping paint.
I then used my palm sander to sand the three shelves to smooth the surface as best as I could.
I disassembled the cart, making it easier to paint. I knew my plan was to paint the legs in one color and the shelves in a different color so separating the pieces saved me a lot of taping.
The casters were in good shape and I didn’t want them painted so I taped off the casters and started spray painting the legs in gold; Valspar Metallic spray paint in Brilliant Gold #66009.
I spray painted the three shelves in white; Valspar Spray Paint, in Satin White #85001. This is a primer and paint in one so it helps with coverage.
Some tips for spray painting:
- Wear gloves. I probably don’t follow this rule enough, but spray paint is not easy to wash off your hands and nails so be sure to do this.
- Wear a mask. The fumes are strong and a mask really does help protect you and your lungs.
- Be patient. Spray in light coats, allow each coat to dry and then return to spray another coat until you get complete coverage. If you over spray you’ll get drip marks and these are never fun to fix.
How did I find my inspiration for this cart? West Elm recently re-posted a close-up image of their Rubicon Rug on Instagram and inspiration struck… that quickly! If you’re not familiar with West Elm, they “offer modern furniture and home decor featuring inspiring designs and colors” and I am a BIG fan.
I love when inspiration just hits me. I immediately knew I wanted this design painted on the top shelf of the rolling cart. The challenge then became how to create the design… with tape. I used Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape. It sticks well enough to create a pattern when painting and lifts off without peeling paint.
I started off by taping the edges of the top shelf to create a rectangle (as seen in one of the images above).
The trick to taping off a rounded corner: Cut 1/4″ pieces of tape and slightly overlap these little pieces as you follow the rounded corner.
Next, I found the center point in the shelf and the center point in each of the four corners. I started by taping off one large “X” and I cut each piece of tape (as shown below) to ensure clean angles throughout the pattern.
I used 1″ painter’s tape. Rather than measure every single row I just used two extra pieces of tape to create a guide. Once my next row was in place, I removed the guide tape and this is how I created the pattern.
I did this until I ended up with the complete pattern. This may look tedious, but it really wasn’t that bad. I ran my fingers across all of the tape lines to make sure the spray paint wouldn’t seep through.
Once all of the pieces were painted (the legs, the shelves and the patterned top) I re-assembled the cart.
What a difference!
This cart was truly transformed.
It can be used as an end table or an accent table. It would also make a great bar cart.
I decided to photograph this cart at the beautiful and historic home of my good friends Shannon and Mark.
I knew exactly where I wanted to place the cart in their home, and can you see why? Just awesome. I love the modern chairs and the great black and white pictures of Cleveland!
Cart measurements: 16″ x 22″ wide x 29 5/8″ tall
A big thank you to Shannon and Mark for sharing their home, to West Elm for inspiring me and another big thank you to Little G for the pickin’ help!
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Happy Salvaging! -Kathy