Some of the most fun finds come from what others consider trash. I lovingly call it #trashure – one person’s trash is another one’s treasure. What makes it even more fun is to have friends who share your junkin’ passion. This vintage serving cart has a story all its own.
My friend, Mandy, always has my back. She knows that trash isn’t junk, but rather potential ready to be rescued. As she was headed home one day, she spied this vintage serving cart set out curbside. At the moment, however, she didn’t jump out to get it. Understood as she is 8 months pregnant – no one jumps in that stage of the game. haha. However, she sends her oldest to retrieve it. Her kids, like mine, know the drill and complete the task without question. Gotta love having a crew!
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Time to dress this vintage gem up. First, I hose it down to get rid of the dust and dirt. Then, I use Goo Gone to remove the residues on surfaces. That alone makes a huge improvement. After that, I use my sander to remove the rust and smooth out any bubbles and ridges.
In the next step, I use a vinegar/water mixture (2:1 ratio) to wipe it all down and get it ready for paint. Now comes the fun part. There’s nothing better than having the right tools to get the job done easily, and timely. I pop up my Medium Spray Shelter and this whip out this fun coral spray paint.
Notice I begin with the cart upside down and casters removed. That is because we want all surfaces covered and you don’t want to flip it upside down after painting the top. Using sweeping strokes and spraying before hitting the surface and continuing off, we get one coat on. Let it cure and repeat as often as you feel necessary. By keeping it light, you will get nice smooth layers.
Next, before I call this cart complete, I also want to clean up the casters. They’re cute and in great condition, they just need some cleaning. One of my favorite must-haves in my tool arsenal is Bar Keepers Friend. I’ve demonstrated it’s use on an antique enamel cabinet, and many brass pieces like this entertainment stand.
It’s a relatively cheap cleaner that will scour and restore porcelain, stainless, brass, copper, etc. I use it to clean these casters and remove some of those scuffs often found on vintage pieces. Go on and give it a try! Just be sure to use precautions as manufacturer states.
Here’s my fun new look for my vintage serving cart with a pop of color.
Isn’t that fun? It totally matches my hanging basket of flowers, which I didn’t realize until later. I guess I’m a sucker for coral, eh? I know I’m not the only one who does the same. tee hee.
And if you think those cookies look too good to eat, think again. Dive in! They’re gluten free and I share the recipe HERE. Our family favorite to make in a pinch. Obviously, I couldn’t resist taking a bite.
Okay, back to the cart. I’m so tickled with the outcome and thank Mandy for taking the time to rescue it for me. Everyone needs a pop of color every now and then. What color would you have used?
However, if you’d like to make this cart your own, you can find it available in my online shop (SOLD) along with many other goodies.
In addition to that great fun…guess what…Mandy just had a beautiful baby girl!! Congratulations Mandy & family.
Also, do pin and share my vintage serving cart straight from the curb to refurb. Inspire others! That’s what I’m all about.
Up next, I’m sharing these curbside finds made new. Stay tuned!