Vintage Rolling Metal Cart

These metal rolling carts are so cute but it is hard to find one in good shape... This one wasn't half bad... 
a little rust but no dents!

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The chrome on this cart was rusty but not too far gone... I was able to bring this cart out of the garage and make it pretty again with a few quick coats of paint. 

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I gave the cart a good scrubbing, I used steel wool to remove some of the rust on the legs and smooth them before painting. 

I covered the red metal shelves with tape and newspaper so I could spray paint the chrome legs without taking the cart apart. 

I'm being a little lazy on this one but I knew I could make it cute again with minimal effort.

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I used Krylon Maxx Ultimate Cover spray paint in Silver Metallic and sprayed the legs on all sides. The color was not exactly the chrome color on the cap I was expecting but the silver paint cleaned up the legs nicely.

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When the spray paint dried I pulled off the tape and the paper. 

I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Emperor's Silk to repaint the red. 

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® sticks to metal and while this is not a shiny paint like the original red, a sealer can be added to create a satin or glossy finish.

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I decided to use Miss Mustard Seed Tough Coat as my sealer. It gives a satin finish that is both durable and smooth.

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I kept the vintage appeal of this metal cart while giving it a quick makeover. How great would this cart be as a bar cart or a coffee cart for the holidays? 

I'm picturing this pretty red cart with baskets of k-cups and hot cocoa packets and jars filled with marshmallows and candy canes. Can you see it now? 

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I was happy to fix up this cart so it can be enjoyed all over again for an outdoor party or a holiday party!


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Comments

  1. I too have one of these that needs some love. I am using mine to store paints as I use them for projects so I don't want to fix it up yet to sell since I am still using it. Yours looks great!

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    1. Terry I have another one in my basement holding some of my tools... that one is in bad shape and I think I will just leave it there :)

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  2. I have the same red cart! I use mine to hold my printers and Cricut in my craft room.

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    1. Megan that is a great idea! I need something to hold my Silhouette and printers... hmmmm maybe I better keep it! :)

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  3. Love this color! She's looking great after your quick makeover. Thanks Susan for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

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  4. Looks great! I am going to be doing one soon, I've had it for a while......it's brown, my least favorite color!
    Marti

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  5. This is gorgeous, Susan! Love the red! I have one in the wings waiting for a makeover, just haven't gotten to it yet. For mine I'm thinking gold for the accents. Haven't decided on a color for the shelves yet though. It was a great find, made even greater:) xoKathleen

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  6. Amazing, Susan and it's red! That is my kryptonite! ;)

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