The Rolling Cart Saved from the Dump

Usually if it is too far gone I pass it by.... but I love rolling carts.

broken cart

I happened to find this cart in front of a neighbor's house.

It's always been a dream of mine to find something, fix it up then return it to where I found it.

This time since I know the person, I can!

The first thing I had to do was to cut the legs on one side of the cart to be the same length as the other 2 legs. 

sawing the legs down

I think at one time there was once a bar with big wheels on one side of this cart. 

This cart was truly a mess!

Once the legs were all the same length, I drilled holes and inserted new white castors in the legs.

adding castors

I'm trying a new color of Fusion Mineral Paint today... 

Lamp White is a beautiful white with a hint of blue undertones.

white folding rolling cart

I gave the cart 2 coats then distressed the edges. 

The cart has a few imperfections so distressing the edges made it all look like it was meant to be.

One side of the cart has a drawer that was in perfect condition inside. 

drop leaf end table rolling cart

The other side has a handle that moves up and down and in and out.

cart with tea towel and cake plate

The cart has wings that open so the cart can act as a small table or serving area.

rolling cart with table open and cake plate

I had my doubts about this one... 

I wasn't sure if I could save it but I did! 

I happily kept this old piece out of the dump.

And so I didn't actually return it to my neighbor but I did send her a picture of what it looks like now... she was truly amazed. 

(I don't think she knows what I do for fun) LOL

large hutch with rolling cart

rolling cart with sides down and cake plate

overlay for cart

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. Love that cart!!! I'd put it in my kitchen to use as a center island. But, what really caught my eye is the shelving unit behind it. Could you feature it sometime and tell us how you created it or where you bought it? It is exactly what I've been dreaming of.

    1. The details on the shelving unit can be found here....
      I bought it at Peter Andrews.

  2. so you returned it? How did that go? We need a 'part II' :) I did turn out great!

    1. OOps forgot to add the end of that story... I just updated with that info :)

  3. The cart was a great useful...and I love what you did with it, too, Susan!

  4. I absolutely love it!! Great job, wish I could find something that great!!

  5. Looks great, Susan! It's a nice cart and I don't blame you for keeping it. :)

    1. I kept it until someone wanted it and then I let it go :)

  6. Oh. I thought you intended to return it. Well, it is a wonderful piece of furniture and you did a great job on it. Too bad she threw it away.

    1. Teddee I offered it back to her but she was happy to see it go to a new home! :)

  7. OMG...wish I hadn't let my cart go in a garage sale. I knew it as a "Tea Cart".

    1. Works for anything Nancy... tea cart, bar cart, server... :)

  8. What a gorgeous makeover! Great save! Susan I would love it if you would link up to our "furniture only link party this Thursday Night at 9PM EST Friday's Furniture Fix at Patina Paradise.

  9. Hi Susan, this would be ideal for our cabin! Small, rolls around and you can open it up...gotta keep my eyes open...I never find roadside treasures!


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