Vintage Cosco Cart Gets Retro Makeover

Apparently I am sucker for all things cart. I mean, really. They are irresistible as they provide function, storage, and a cute factor to most any style of home. Can you blame me that I felt sorry for this worn out vintage Cosco cart when I saw it at the thrift store?

Cosco Bar Cart Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

I’ll admit I paid more for it than I think I should have. tsk. However, I repeat…I love carts! You can see all my past cart makeovers and builds HERE.

The original color appeared to be an off white, as you can see it peeking through. At some point, someone decided to make it a flat black instead. You can see that it definitely got some use and wear.

Damaged Vintage Cosco Cart Top Before |

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No problem. First, my handy-dandy sander comes out to play. tee hee! I use a 120 grit to not only knock down the raised spots, but also remove any surface rust.

Sanding Damaged Vintage Cosco Cart Top with DeWalt Sander |

Then, I wipe it down to remove any debris and any residual build-up. I also begin to prepare the chrome legs by cleaning them with Bar Keepers Friend and some good ol’ fashioned scrubbing. Thankfully, none of the rust on this vintage Cosco cart had eaten through.


Next, time to add my retro fun with this Candy Pink paint. woot!

Candy Pink Spray Paint by Rustoleum for Vintage Cosco Cart by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

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Because the casters had a bit more wear on the metal brackets, I just cut out paper circles to cover the wheels and sprayed those too. Boxes work great for sticking in casters or drawer pulls to keep them upright.

Painting Caster the Easy Way by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Last, but not least, I decided to add even more fun for hidden storage (because you know we all have junk that needs hidden. Am I right??). Just like this other vintage serving cart I redid in this post, a dust ruffle was in order. I was so stoked to find the retro kitchen appliance fabric that would complete the look I was after.

Retro Kitchen Fabric from Spoonflower used by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces

I don’t have a tutorial for you on making the ruffle, because one other already did one and you can use that for reference. Head HERE. It really is as easy as making a curtain. Just measure your cart, add extra for seams and a casing and you’re good to go. I like to add ties to mine for added fun.


Are you ready to see this cutie all spruced up? Here she is!

Vintage Pink Cosco Cart with Dust Ruffle Skirt by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #furniture #vintage

Retro Cosco Kitchen Cart Refinished into a Candy Pink with Dust Ruffle Skirt by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #furniture #home #homedecor #diy

Isn’t it cute? You have to admit, the pink is much more fun than the black. I asked JC if he thought it looked much better and he said, “But, it’s pink”. haha. Yes, it sure is. LOVE IT!!

DIY Cosco Cart Skirt Ties |

Top View of Vintage Cosco Cart in Pink by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #vintage #retro #home #homedecor #furniture

The whimsical dust ruffle not only adds that added vintage vibe, but it serves a purpose too. Hiding away things that may not be suitable for guests’ eyeballs is a win for me.

DIY Dust Ruffle Skirt for Vintage Cosco Cart by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #vintage #homedecor #furniture

Pink Vintage Cosco Cart with Dust Ruffle Skirt by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #furniture #retro #vintage

I hope you had fun seeing this vintage Cosco cart come to life. I sure had a blast recreating it. It’s always fun to take something worn out and make it new again. Especially when you can revive it true to its era.

Vintage Kitchenaid Stand Mixer on Vintage Cosco Cart | #prodigalpieces #vintage #kitchenaid

Retro Pink Cosco Kitchen Cart by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #vintage #pink #home #homedecor

If you’d like to own this little cutie, you can find it available in my online shop. (SOLD)

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Do pin and share my vintage Cosco cart makeover because I am positive there are other carts tucked away in garages and basements in need of love too.

From ugly to retro chic, this vintage Cosco cart got a makeover that is a blast from the past. Head to Prodigal Pieces for the full tutorial | #prodigalpieces #diy #furniture #home #homedecor #vintage

Up next, this little bird cage I found at the thrift store needs a new purpose in life. See the end result HERE.

Thrifted Birdcage Before |

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  • Tracey

    Oh Larissa! You know I love this cart in all it’s pink glory! Great job!

    June 27, 2019 at 8:10 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I thought of you!! 😀

      June 27, 2019 at 8:45 am Reply
  • [email protected]

    Love the pink! You did an amazing job on this makeover!

    June 27, 2019 at 8:22 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Paula. 😀

      June 27, 2019 at 8:46 am Reply
  • Cindy

    Larissa this cart is adorable. Loving the pink and the skirt adds a great touch.

    I can’t wait to see the birdcage.



    June 27, 2019 at 8:22 am Reply
    • Larissa

      These are super fun to see revived. They remind me of my grandma. Thanks!

      June 27, 2019 at 8:46 am Reply
  • Trish Shank

    love the transformation.. The vintage Cosco cart looks so happy to have new life/purpose again. Well done Larissa!!!!

    June 27, 2019 at 8:25 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so tickled with the outcome and that you like it too. Thanks, Trish!

      June 27, 2019 at 8:46 am Reply
  • Bobye Bickel

    I love love love the pink!!!!! I’m drooling. Lol

    June 27, 2019 at 9:03 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo!! I’m delighted to hear it. Thanks!!

      June 27, 2019 at 12:10 pm Reply
  • Melanie Brooks

    Ohmygosh Larissa… This is gorgeous!
    The only thing better would be a pink mixer on top! Lol! I can just picture it in a new fangled fancy kitchen with a wall oven and pink fridge… I love it!!

    June 27, 2019 at 9:30 am Reply
    • Larissa

      haha! I had such fun with this. Retro is always fun to recreate.

      June 27, 2019 at 12:10 pm Reply
  • Amy Giannini

    Feeling inspired now! That turned out so cute that I may paint mine pink! And where on earth did you get that cute fabric?

    June 27, 2019 at 9:32 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How fun! Thank you, Amy. I have the link in my post to where I purchased it. It’s so cute!

      June 27, 2019 at 12:10 pm Reply
  • Linda

    I know this is going to make me older than dirt, but I just have to tell you, I HAD A PINK KITCHEN AND CART when I first married 56 years ago! Boy, it all comes round again!!! Great job!

    June 27, 2019 at 9:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      tee hee! Not at all, Linda! I would have loved to see it it! 😀

      June 27, 2019 at 12:11 pm Reply
  • Karen

    I love it !!! The color and fabric together is perfect.

    June 27, 2019 at 11:17 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Karen. Super fun to do.

      June 27, 2019 at 12:11 pm Reply
  • Sharon

    So pretty!!!

    June 27, 2019 at 11:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Sharon. 😀

      June 27, 2019 at 12:11 pm Reply
  • Marie

    So pretty in pink! You couldn’t have found a better fabric for the dust ruffle, Larissa. LOVE the makeover 🙂

    June 27, 2019 at 12:49 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I was stoked that they had something to go with my vision.

      June 27, 2019 at 4:36 pm Reply
    • Terri Hughes

      The cart is sooooo pretty. Love the pink!!

      June 27, 2019 at 10:49 pm Reply
      • Larissa

        Thank you, Terri. 😉

        June 28, 2019 at 4:44 am Reply
  • Mary

    Wow, you really brought this cute little cart back to life! Way to go Larissa, keep up the good work!

    June 27, 2019 at 2:35 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you bunches, Mary! 😀

      June 27, 2019 at 4:36 pm Reply
  • Kaycee

    I love carts, but especially vintage Costco carts! I love this little beauty in pink and that fabric is perfect for her!!!

    June 27, 2019 at 6:51 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      They just are so cute and useful. I’m glad you enjoyed my makeover. Thanks, Kaycee!

      June 27, 2019 at 8:51 pm Reply
  • Mary

    Larissa this is a great makeover and I love that mid century fabric you used.

    June 28, 2019 at 1:44 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Mary. You know how much fun I have with MCM. 😉

      June 29, 2019 at 5:10 am Reply
  • Becky

    The pink came out SO CUTE!!!

    June 30, 2019 at 12:42 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yahoo!! I’m so glad you think so, Becky. Thanks!

      July 1, 2019 at 5:14 am Reply
  • Christine Macdonnell

    This is so awesome and I too am a cartaholic. I inherited a smaller 3 shelf cart from my grandma that I use in my laundry room.
    I have the same cart as this except it has the fold up sides which I plan to remove. I purchased mine at a resale shop for $5!!! But I haven’t done anything to it yet. The cart handles on mine are pretty pitted and I’m not sure weather to paint them chrome or just paint the whole thing the same sage green color. What advise do you have?

    August 1, 2019 at 7:29 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s so fun, Christine! 😀 You could do a repair with Bondo, sand it down, and then paint it whatever color you like. I hope that helps.

      August 1, 2019 at 9:36 pm Reply
      • Christine Macdonnell

        Thanks for the advise!

        August 5, 2019 at 9:21 am Reply

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