Monday, June 6, 2011

IKEA Cart Re-Make

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I don't know what other people do when they can't sleep and wake up at 5:00 am but here's what I did Saturday morning...






This plain IKEA cart never looked as good as it does right now!


 I've had mine for years and it looked like this...


 Nice green color but hey, I have nothing else to 
do this early, I've already had 2 cups of coffee, 
so how about painting it white?


 Wow! Better already...



Now how about the top? 
 First I sanded the top to bring it back to the original color...



Then I began beating it with a hammer to distress it...
(I wasn't making too much noise!) 



I wanted to duplicate the look of an old antique bread board I have, it has nail holes on the sides that look very rustic...



I can do that...
I began by banging in some black tacks all the way around... 



Then I mixed black and brown paint with an antiquing glaze.
I painted the top and rubbed off the excess...


adding rustic touches to bare wood www.homeroad.net

 Then I banged some more nails into the top...




The black paint filled in the hammer marks very nicely!

Next came my inspiration piece... 
a stamp from the Graphics Fairy.



 I wanted to only use the black cancellation stamp...
 I traced a circle, then used Stayzon stamp pad and stamps...


and the top was finished!

Back to the base... I distressed the white edges with a sander,
and hung some rusty hooks and pretties on the sides. 



I painted an inexpensive towel bar with metallic spray paint and added it to the side...

 Gorgeous, gorgeous! I love it!
Who knew so much creativity could take place at 5 am?


transform an IKEA cart into a rustic kitchen island www.homeroad.net



I really need to wake up early more often.

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145 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh!!! It's awesome!! You did a great job! How much was the piece originally? I think I should do this! I LOVE IT! ;)Alyssa of Boston Bee-Would you mind if I blogged about you?

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  2. What a wonderful transformation! It looks fantastic, can't believe you had the get up and go to create this at 5am! The stamp image if great.

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  3. Love it! It's gorgeous!!!
    Love all the touches you put on it..I wake up at 4.45 a.m in the morning for work...I'd rather be doing what you've done right here!
    Bravo!!!!!!

    Deborah xo

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  4. I get the up early thing, big time. It usually when my creative juices are flowing. Sounds like you are similiar!!! The table redo is simple delicious! Although I am worried about that sander first thing in the morning....I am sure your family wasn't too amused!! lol Have a great week!

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  5. This is SOOO awesome!!! Love it! Great job!!

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  6. Beautiful...all it takes is a bit of creativity AND lots of courage. Well done! I love it.

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  7. Wow I love it! The postage stamp was the perfect touch!

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  8. Susan, Love the cart. The top with the stamp is my favorite part. You did a great job. Such a great weekend project. Wondering what you have up your sleeve even as I write. You always amaze me. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.

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  9. Popping over from the GF linkup... I love it.. so much more to say for it now!

    Maddie

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  10. Oh my gosh.....such a cute project and you have a very entertaining style of blogging too! :)

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  11. You need to get up early every morning!! That is so cute! Heehe So creative..love the top!

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  12. We have that cart....of course in the boring form. your transformation is incredible!!
    Keep smiling and creating

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  13. Susan, that looks wonderful! I think the best creative ideas come when you can't sleep ~ whether late at night or early in the a.m. The cart itself is really neat, too. I love the things you added to the sides. This size would actually work in my kitchen and I love that it is on wheels to move out of the way if need be. The fact that you could paint it and personalize it to your tastes is another plus!

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  14. Yep! It's gorgeous. I love all the special touches you added to it especially the stamp.

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  15. This looks fabulous! Very, very cool.

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  16. Susan it looks amazing, I'm still not sure how you applied the stamp. Did you paint the ink onto the design? It's amazing!I would put it in the kitchen as an island it looks sooooo pretty. The combination of the rustic wood and the white are gorgeous.

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  17. WOW Susan, What an AMAZING transformation : ) I'm a new follower.

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  18. So creative and it looks fabulous. I love it. Hugs, Marty

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  19. I have a cart just like this that I have been wanting to re-do. Yours look so beautiful!
    Connie

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  20. You make me want to run to Ikea and get one of these carts! Love it...especially the stamp on top! Great job!

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  21. That is an amazing transformation. You did such a great job. I love it!!!

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  22. Wow...I love it!! Amazing make-over!!

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  23. Okay, I am MORE than awake at 5 a.m. I am AT WORK then! And the ONLY creativity happening are the fools trying to fly out!! LOL
    I LOVE what you did!!! Woman, I wanna be YOU when I finally decide to grow up!!!

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  24. Quel changement magnifique !
    Your creativity is fabulous...
    Bonne nuit,
    Mylise

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  25. This is awesome, definately an inspiration!!

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  26. What a huge difference. I really like the new look and the date stamp.

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  27. OMG.. this looks awesome!! Thanks for linking it up to my Organizing Mission Monday link party!

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  28. Susan, this is awesome....I just helped my brother finish his Ikea kitchen. He has the wood Ikea countertops. I don't think he'll let me to do that to them, but it sure gives me some ideas!! Thanks for being creative and posting. I'm off to read about your tote.
    Hugs from Iowa,
    Michelle at Pine Needle Hill

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  29. If you put IKEA in the title I am in! Then when I saw what you did with the cart I couldn't believe it! I had that same cart a few years ago and got rid of it when we moved...now I wish I had kept it. You've made it look fabulous. Lisa~

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  30. That is totally awesome!
    Suz

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  31. Susan, What kind of coffee do you drink? This is the most wonderful facelift. It looks vintage, french and so chic! You are an inspiration. Now what can I paint around here?
    Yvonne

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  32. A really fantastic job! I have seen something similar in a shop here selling for $$$$! x Sharon

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  33. I love it!!! You did an amazing job, it looks so chic now!

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  34. AWESOME!!! I seriously LOVE this :) Laurel

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  35. That is one gorgeous transformation!!! I love everything about it! Maybe I should start getting up at 5:00 :) Thanks for all the details on how you finished the top.
    Love your tool tote in the previous post too! You are one creative lady!!
    Jane

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  36. I have a cart similar to this. You have inspired me to do something with it! Yours is very cool! Love the stamp on top and the rusty accents.

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  37. In a word many have used before me, awesome! Who knew this cart needed updating? I love how you figured out how to recreate the postage cancellation stamp. Just lovely.

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  38. that's a great redo, clearly it's a much more one of a kind piece now. fantastic!

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  39. Coffee is a miracle worker, isn't it? I love what you did with the cart! Wicked awesome!

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  40. That looks incredible! Isn't it amazing what we can accomplish before anyone else even wakes-up?!?

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  41. Now that turned out wonderful! Hard to believe it's even the same piece ~ you added such personality to it!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  42. I absolutely love it. So much more personality to it with the added paint, stamping, hooks, etc.

    Way to go. I love a great makeover and this is certainly one for the books (or blogs :)

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  43. Supercool! Who needs sleep when they can make something this great inestad? Just love what you did here!
    Hugs

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  44. So cute! I wish I was that productive in the morning...perhaps I should try setting the alarm earlier. The cart turned out beautiful!!

    I'd love if you'd pop by www.decoratingdiy.blogspot.com when you get a chance!

    Kristen
    Turning a House into a Home

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  45. Gorgeous! I just love it - especially the stamp. Maybe I should be getting up a little earlier?

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  46. WOW! That looks amazing! I wish I could buy that one at IKEA. I'll have to email this to my friend that has the same cart. :)

    Anna
    www.askannamoseley.com

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  47. Posted this on FB.

    Anna
    www.askannamoseley.com

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  48. Wow! an early bird needs a lot of white paint! :) Love what you did to the table. Looks amazing. Thanks for sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

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  49. I wanted to let you know that I am going to be featuring this next Monday on my link party! You feature party hog you! LOL I so love it! I'm preparing early for those features since I'm going on vacation.

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  50. So happy I stopped by...this looks wonderful!!

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  51. Wow... that sure was a fabulous early morning idea! It looks fantastic! I like it so much better! Thanks for linking it up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party.

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  52. AAH! I love that cart!! So cute!!!

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  53. I wish I was that creative at 5am! Unfortunately, I tend to just roll over and will myself back to sleep! Looks fantastic!

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  54. I'm so impressed by your early morning craftiness!! Your cart turned out amazing! I need to get myself out of bed early! I would LOVE if you would link up your project to our {{What I Made Wednesday Linky Party!

    ~Briana

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  55. Beautiful. I love it. I wish I was that creative at 5am!

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  56. What a great DIY transformation! Very creative and well worth the effort. Great job. :)

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  57. That is too cute! Amazing what can happen so early in the morning! Love the pics!

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  58. Amazing! I love the transformation of something modern at IKEA. Great tutorial too!

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  59. Not that you need another comment on this one (I think I'm #67 . . . wow, you have some seriously devoted fans!), but I LOVE this makeover! So cute! The stamp is the perfect touch, and I love the distressing job--just enough without being TOO worn-looking. Great work! I love it!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

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  60. this is amazing and beautifuL! wow! i love it! great job! I found your blog through a link party and LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  61. I always love everything you create!! Great job! Thanks for linking up at Sassy Sites for our ffa party! Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo!!

    -Marni

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  62. You did an amazing job on this!! I LOVE IT!

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  63. Yes! You absolutely do! This is amazing. I would say you're quite the morning person. All your creative juices must flow in the a.m.

    Rachel
    xoxo

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  64. I second that question- what kinda coffee brand are you having because I'll have what you are having! :) I find myself in more creative moods in the quiet of the morning too, just can't start anything noisy at that hour cuz hubbo is still sleepin'

    Great cart!
    Suzanne@whycuzican

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  65. Wow . . . I LOVE that! It makes me want to redo my kitchen table in a similar way. I especially love the stamp on top. Very clever and unique!

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  66. This is amazing!! Gorgeous!! And this is EXACTLY what I would do if I could not sleep!! :) Thanks for auditioning for OMTWI!!

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  67. My mouth will be slack-jawed for awhile! AMAZING!!! Would love for you to stop by and share it at the Tuesday To Do Party! http://blackberryvine.blogspot.com/2011/06/tuesday-to-do-14-and-13-list-makers.html

    Smiles!
    Jami

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  68. Hi:

    I have the same cart, what a transformation is so beautiful and chic,with the stamp, May I blog about you and the cart on my blog, I don't understand the part of stamping? I know you got the stamp from the Graphic Fairy, then you printed it? or how did you transfer to that beautiful rustic top?

    Thanks and I love it,

    martha
    katecreativesalvage.blogspot.com

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  69. Oh, I love it! Nothing like a great IKEA hack! I love hacks!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Pop on over to my blog to check out some of my hacks: http://www.The236.net

    Thanks!
    Michelle @The236

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  70. this is so great! I just found you through centsational girl - and am your newest follower! Awesome job!

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  71. Hi Susan,
    WOW , what a transformation! Looks fantastic.
    Have a great day.
    Sue

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  72. Holy Smokes that is an unreal transformation! Amazing.

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  73. Very cool! I love how it turned out, Thanks for sharing at the paint party.

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  74. your table rocks!! i just love it!!
    we are your newests followers!!

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  75. Brilliant!!! I want your brand of coffee! ;)

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  76. OMG - what a fabulous makeover (does EVERYBODY have this Ikea cart??!!) I can't wait to makeover mine now. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Cheers!

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  77. WOW! Such a wonderful difference!

    Dee

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  78. This is so charming. Love it!

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  79. This is amazing! It makes me want to go out and buy a kitchen cart from IKEA!

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  80. It's gorgeous, Susan. I love the entire new look. You did a fantastic job!

    Roeshel

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  81. Amazing! I love this and am going to 100% steal your idea. Beautiful; thanks so much for the inspiration/instructions!

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  82. Great job...love the stamp you came up with, very ingenious! I will be borrowing some of your tips for sure! Thanks for sharing...:)

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  83. Awesome makeover! Just visiting from the DIY showoff. I love the stamp idea. I am going to have to try it sometime!

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  84. I love this, it's so cute! You did a wonderful job on it. :)

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  85. love, love, love, this! I already had this graphic bookmarked to use on a project and when I saw it on your page I had to check it out...You do a superb job!!!
    I am one of you newest followers....would love if you checked me out..
    Thanks,
    karin

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  86. I love this makeover, and the distressing technique too! I've featured this post on Craft Gossip here:
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/ikea-cart-makeover/

    If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here:
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/grab-a-craft-gossip-button/

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  87. Looks amazing! I'm a huge Ikea fan myself and love the idea of using their great pieces as bases and tweaking them to make them my own! Thank you for the inspiration.

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  88. Oh my, I am in love! What a fabulous piece - hum...maybe an Ikea run coming on!

    Chelsea

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  89. Oh, and I am your newest follower!!

    Chelsea

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  90. I love it! It looks so cool and unique instead of cookie-cutter big-box. Great job!

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  91. I don't know if I missed it, but I'd love to know more about the stain on top and ( I think I read you mixed black and brown with antique stain) the stamp. Can you elaborate on these a bit more. I am so making one of these!!!

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  92. Hi Susan,

    I loved this so very much that I had to try it myself - I took a couple of photos and wrote down what I did and even though my final product doesn't look quite as great as yours, this was so much fun to do! Thanks for the inspiration!!

    http://robert-guenther.com/blog/wochenendprojekt-ikea-hack-bekvam/

    Greetings from Hamburg, Germany
    Robert

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  93. Hello,
    It is amazing!!! i'm gonna try it on my ikea cart.
    what is the type of the white color?
    thanks!!!

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  94. this is just so creative
    visting from no minimalist here

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  95. Olá!!! Parabéns o seu blog é maravilhoso!!!
    Seus trabalhos são perfeitos e muito inspiradores!!!
    beijooo

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  96. Saw this on Pinterest & loved it!! Thanks for posting it! I'm going to make it & put it in my laundry room as a folding station! How did you use the Stazon ink for the circle?? I can't figure out how to apply it in a thin line from the stamp pad!

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    1. The circle is just black paint :) Sorry so late on the answer!

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  97. Hi Susan,
    I LOVE this so much!! I know it was quite a few months ago you did this but I wonder if you could elaborate on how you did the stamp detail? I've just managed to source a cart and can't wait to try this out but think I could do with some of your wisdom as to how you created it!
    Many thanks

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  98. Hi Anonymous... I'd love to help but your settings are on "no reply" so I can not email back to you... Let me just say that I used a bowl to make the circle, painted around it and used stamps for the letters and numbers inked with Stayz On inkpad...
    It was easy!
    Susan

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  99. Hi Susan, thanks for replying to Anonymous! I'm a newbie and have no idea about the settings but I think I could make a good stab at the stamping given your description above, thanks ever so much! Anita

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  100. This looks PHENOMENAL!! What a wonderful transformation. It looks like a real quality piece of furniture now. Great job! I am your newest follower!

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  101. I've had my eye on that cart for quite a while! I LOVE your painted version and now I REALLY REALLY want that cart! Thanks for sharing :)

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  102. You are SOOOOO right! Never looked better for sure.

    I love the stamp detail!

    I would be thrilled if you would link this up at my first ever Feature Friday Free-for-All (200+ links already and growing...yes, I'm a little excited! ; )).

    http://www.fivedaysfiveways.com/2012/01/feature-friday-free-for-all-1.html

    P.S. I'm your newest follower. : )

    ~Abbie (www.fivedaysfiveways.com)

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  103. I LOVE what you've done to this! Had I'd known that it could look so fantastic, I wouldn't have given mine away :)

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  104. I love the stamp on the table. I have been wanting to try this too. Very creative!! I hope you will stop by and join my new blog. It's all about farm life, decorating, cooking, animals, and more.

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  105. Wow. What kind of coffee do YOU drink!

    ~Bliss~

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  106. Susan, this is awesome! I love it! I would never have thought to add all those wonderful features...it really turned out great!

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  107. This is amazing. I have the very same trolley and have been wanting to vamp it up - now I'm totally inspired. thanks for sharing :)

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  108. Wow - just found this via Pinterest and I love it - thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  109. I just purchased an unfinished kitchen cart, was just going to throw a coat of boring ol' paint over it. So glad I found your post!
    Is there any reason to use mixture of black and brown paint on the top rather than a wood stain? Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Wood stain is fine, I just went a different route :)

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  110. Can you please give more tips for the white paint and the antique glaze on top as your instructions were very vague? I would have no clue what to buy to make this. Thanks very much

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    1. Sorry for the vagueness Vanessa.... The antique glaze is something you buy in a bottle at Michaels. You can get a little bottle in the paint aisle. I mixed a little squirt of it into the paint I was using (in a little dish). It thinks the paint without making it watery, kind of like a hand cream consistency.... When it was all mixed I just painted it on.
      Hope that is clear enough.
      Susan

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  111. Ahh! I love it! I am actually about to do this same thing! I have the cart and the paint and also a finish for the top that I'm going to use. I was wondering though if you sanded it before you painted it the first time? Also... Did you prime it? Sorry, I'm a little new at this whole furntiture redo thing and would love your input because your's turned out amazing!!! Thanks!! :D
    -Kay

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    1. Hi Kay I didn't prime it I just painted it with latex paint.

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  112. this is beautiful! can you talk a little more about how you painted the top? What kind of paints did you use? Did you mix the 2 paints and the glaze all together then paint it as one or did you layer it? Thank you going to try this tomorrow!

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    1. Hi Korina, Hope you see this... Yes I mixed the paints together then dry brushed a little more with the black to give it more of a rustic look. The top was butcher block to begin with so the different woods took the homemade stain in different ways. Good luck!

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  113. Susan,

    Hi, I love the cart! What kind of paint did you use?

    Thanks Bethanne

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    1. Latex but I have since repainted the bottom to keep it clean and I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in white. It goes over anything!

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  114. Fantastic job! Really like the outcome ... thinking of refinishing a similar piece for the beach house. Thanks for sharing!!

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  115. Hi! Just wondering if you did anything else to the top to make it safe for food use? Or are you not using it in the kitchen? I just bought this cart, and went searching for inspiration... I was so delighted to find this, I love it! Just needing to make sure I can make the top safe for food use...

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    1. I do not use mine for food so it didn't matter but I did use Polycrylic which I was told by the manufacturer is food safe.

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  116. I found so many projects that I liked here!
    I'm a new follower,
    Deb@LakeGirlPaints

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  117. Hi Susan,
    I am going to do this to mine also. Just not understanding exactly what you used on the top. Could I just use a dark stain?

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    1. You can certainly use dark stain. I didn't have any at the time so I made my own using brown and black paint watered down.

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  118. I am new to the crafting/decor world so I was wondering how you did the stamp. Everyone else seems to understand how you did this so easily.

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    1. Hi Micky.
      I used a big bowl and traced it to make a circle on the top. Then I used letter and number rubber stamps to stamp the words around the inside of the circle. I went back and used a very thin paintbrush with black paint to paint around the traced circle and that was it :)
      Hope this helps you and thank you!
      Susan

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    2. Thanks for the instructions, Susan. That does help. Good job!

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  120. Hi! Sorry for the late question.... What stamps did you use? I found the stayzon stamp pad but can't find the actual rubber stamps? Thank you!!

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    1. Mary the stamps were found in Michaels... letters and numbers.

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