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Broken Tea Cart Makeover

Ever have one of those sayings that seems to follow you in life…like “haste makes waste”? Yeah, I’m not hasty in everything, I’m actually a planner in all things. However, this one bites me in the bum sometimes like in the case of this vintage piece below. While in a rush with my kids to make it to an appointment, I stopped by to pick up my daughter who happens to work in a thrift store. Before the store closed, I spied this broken tea cart. Problem is, I didn’t realize it was broken.

Vintage Broken Tea Cart Before | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Apparently, I can’t read.

Broken Tea Cart Price Sticker | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Like I said, I was in a rush and know that usually the stickers describe the item, like “maple tea cart”. However, I failed to read close. Anyhoo, after I get it home and unload, I notice the “TLC”. The scratches on top are the cherry on top.

Vintaage Tea Cart Damaged Top | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

However, down below, there is a crack running down the bottom shelf, and this…

Broken Tea Cart Wheel | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Yep, that’s a broken spindle. and the other wheel is falling off. Plus, one wheel is missing the rubber as well. ugh.

Vintage Tea Cart Wheel Rubber | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It reminds me of this blanket chest where I also bit off more than I can chew. What to do? Roll up my sleeves and have at it.

DIY TIME

First, I order replacement tea cart rubber HERE so that it comes when I’m ready to install it. Then, it’s time to tackle the rest of the tea cart. I take off the wheels and assess what I need to do. Thankfully, as a #trashure enthusiast, I have a stash on hand from previous projects. hee hee hee.

Salvaged Wood Spindles for Broken Tea Cart Makeover | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

After a bit of repair, my wheel is ready to roll.

Repaired Broken Tea Cart Wheel | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It’s not a perfect match, but it definitely works. Also, I found the other wheel was loose because it was missing some hardware. Again, my stash comes in handy at times like this.

NEXT STEPS

Next, after I get all my repairs in order, I set up to paint the cart in a black, beginning with the base. You can see how I did this other tea cart in white with a lace top in this post or this side table I turned into a tea cart over HERE.

Tea Cart Prepped for Paint | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Then, while the cart base is curing, I use a white to create a sort of centerpiece of the cart top. I use a microfoam roller for a fine finish. In addition, notice I don’t paint the entire surface.

Painting Broken Tea Cart Top | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

White Cart Top | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I apply two coats, letting cure in between. Once cured, I lightly spray with water so I can create a washed effect like in my frottage tutorial HERE. While the water is fresh, I take a thinned mix of the same black paint and begin to create an effect.

Washing Tea Cart White Paint | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Before I can say I’m done, I use my transfer method to add one more layer to the top before sealing it up with a matte poly.

DIY Transfer Design for Broken Tea Cart Top | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

BROKEN NO MORE

Here’s my broken tea cart that is broken no more. {{happy dance}}

Farmhouse Style Tea Cart Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #shopping #furniture #diy

Broken Tea Cart Top Closeup by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #teacart #furniture #vintage

It’s a bit sassy with a whole buncha yum. Does that make sense? It does to me! haha! While the two shelves offer plenty of storage, the added bonus is the handle tucks away under the top. Also, the little drawer to hold utensils and napkins, etc.

Open Drawer on Broken Tea Cart Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #vintage #diy

Farmhouse Tea Cart Makeover with Service by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #teatime #farmhouse #furniture

Likewise, I’m super pleased with the outcome of the top. I wanted something rustic with a bit of flair.

Hand-Painted Tea Cart Table Top by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #art #furniture #diy

Who wants some carrot cake and tea? My youngest son loves to cook and bake (all my kids bicker over who gets to cook, honestly), and he’s always asking to make carrot cake. Instead of cream cheese frosting, he made a glaze instead, but it’s not on it here as we ate it all last night. tee hee hee!

Decorated Broken Tea Cart Table Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #art #furniture

Stainless Steel Mini House Tea Diffuser by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #tea #diy

Also, if you’d like to make this tea cart part of your home story, you can find it and much more available in my online shop. Stop by to see!

  • Farmhouse Style Vintage Tea Cart Table available at Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #shopping #furniture
    Vintage Tea Cart ~ $225

Hand-Painted Vintage Tea Cart for Farmhouse Style by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #furniture

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In addition to pinning and sharing, I’d love to hear your feedback in comments below. What would you have done differently? There are so many ways to dress these ol’ gals up.

A broken tea cart is vintage goodness just needing love. See what Larissa of Prodigal Pieces does to resuce it at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #vintage #farmhouse

Additionally, I’ve got a super fun, super easy makeover for you with this set of candlesticks, so be sure to sign up for my newsletter. PLUS, you will get your FREE Furniture Buying Checklist and special discount to my shop.

blog signatureThrifted Candlesticks Before Upcycle | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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Also, more fun furniture makeovers like this broken tea cart:

A single upcycled broken chair is turned into 5 different home decor projects by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #upcycled #farmhouse #home #homedecorDon't toss those broken crocks! They make wonderful additions to our garden decor | Come see the DIY video tutorial how to make a broken crock planter by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #garden #upcycled #farmhouse

Comments

  1. Rebecca - NC says

    Better than ever!!! Your design is SO pretty!!! I had no idea you could replace rubber like that on the wheels. I’m going to remember this when repairing the wheels on my antique goat cart!! 🥰

    • Larissa says

      I love that you have a goat cart! They are so fun to use here and there. Thanks so much, Rebecca. I’m glad I hung with it instead of giving it away.

  2. Denise - Salvaged Inspirations says

    Amazing save Larissa! And I love the transfer design you added! I’m also team carrot cake so I get why it didn’t make it into your styling. hehe 😉

  3. Niki says

    Dark and moody…..I like it. All I could see was a pumpkin in the top shot and I don’t know why but that made me think of carrot cake so I had to chuckle a bit. Very cool Larissa- and it’s good you keep a stash of extra parts. I wouldn’t even know where to look for replacement parts.

    • Larissa says

      haha. Yeah, that orange stain will do that too ya. Thanks, Niki! I certainly have a decent stash of “junk”.

  4. Christy James says

    This turned out so pretty, Larissa! it was lucky you came along and gave it the TLC it really needed! XOXO

    • Larissa says

      It’s lucky I didn’t burn it. haha. I was miffed! 😀 Thank you, Christy.

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Nancy. I’m just glad I was able to work on it.

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