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?
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.
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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.
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.
TIME FOR PAINT. YAY!
Next, time to add my retro fun with this Candy Pink paint. woot!
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.
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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.
If you’d like to own this little cutie, you can find it available in my online shop. (SOLD)
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.
Up next, this little bird cage I found at the thrift store needs a new purpose in life. Stay tuned!
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