Vintage Tea Cart Refreshed

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A couple posts ago I mentioned that I had been on the hunt for a chair to go with a desk, but somehow came home with much more. ahem. That’s what happens when you hit the thrift stores. We have a few locally and I’m ever so thankful. However, what ends up jumping in my truck? Not a chair that I needed. Oh no. An adorable vintage tea cart. tsk. Does this ever happen to you? (please say yes so I know I’m not alone, k?) This is perfect for today’s Furniture Fixer Uppers! You’ll see more in a minute and have a chance to WIN.

Vintage Tea Cart Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Can you blame me? I love tea carts and have had several in my possession over the years, but this one just won out as my favorite. Though to look at it you may think, meh.

Tea Set Storage on Vintage Tea Cart | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

It is made out of simple pine and has that super dark stain to hide theinexpensive wood. The top was worn bare in spots and had water rings all over it. However, that tea service storage is awesome and so is the extra drawer on back.

Extra Storage on Vintage Tea Cart | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

*post is sponsored by Zibra and contains affiliate link so you can find the products I love to use too. (see full disclosure)

For a few weeks it sat in my home as I couldn’t decide what to do with it. I liked it the way it was, but knew it needed some TLC. So as my prerogative allows I go with the refinish. Here we go!

First, I took off the top and decided to use my sander to take it down to bare wood.

Sanding Down Top of Cart | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Once done, I use one of my favorite stains, Sunbleached (as seen in these posts).

Sunbleached Stain by RustOleum for Cart | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

As beautiful as that is by itself, I wanted a little more texture, so I did a second coat in Briarsmoke (see it used here too). Here’s the comparison:

Sunbleached and Briarsmoke Stains Compared for Texture by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Darker, but not too dark…just right. Now, I could stop there, but I saw the need for a bit of whimsy. Since this is meant to serve, I decided to do some lace painting like I did on my Dumpster Diva and others. I used a basic flat white paint to spray through the lace. But before I did that, I laid a piece of construction paper under it to leave an empty space for later.

Using Vintage Lace to Paint Tea Cart | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

This was a quick process and then once dried I added a matte poly topcoat with my favorite brushes by Zibra. I fell in love with these brushes from the start, and that’s saying something as I am a brush snob. I’ve had this brush for over 6 months and still going strong. I offer 7 different styles in my shop I loved them so much.

Applying Matte Topcoat with Zibra Brush by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

While the top is curing it’s time for the base of the vintage tea cart.

Disassembled Tea Cart | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I popped off the wheels and repaired them. Next, I took all the hardware off to clean it all up and then prep it for paint…yes, paint. {{gasp!}} My choice was the same Dove White by Glidden that I have used in many projects as seen HERE. Notice I can use the same brush for poly and paint.

Painting Vintage Tea Cart | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

When it was time for the legs, I switched to my round brush. This one is one of my favorites for the versatility it offers. I knocked those legs out in a flash.

Using the Round Paint Brush to do Spindles and Details | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Now for the part I was dreading…those wheels. ugh. Why did I dread them? Well, little tiny spindles and lots of them, not to mention those rubber pieces I had to avoid painting. I’m not a gal who likes to use tape and I believe a steady hand is much better. Check out how wonderful this square brush not only carried the paint, but kept my lines crisp! I was so stoked!

Painting Tea Cart Wheels | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

After two coats and letting it cure between, I was ready to put it all back together. I added some text to the top using my transfer method and a little bit of fun to the inside of the tea set storage compartment. Take a look.

French Style Tea Cart Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Vintage tea cart gets refreshed with a French Flair by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I just love the new look – so refreshed and chic. My favorite part is the top with the French script added “temps pour le thé” which reads “time for tea”.

Hand-painted tea cart with French Script | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The lace effect was just what I was hoping for with a time-worn appeal.

Lace painted table top by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The back side is just as fun with the built-in drawer. I kept all the original hardware as it was brass and suited the look I was after.

Back Side of Vintage Tea Service Cart by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Extra Storage on Vintage Tea Service Cart by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Remember I mentioned adding a little fun to the tea service end?

Tea Cart Storage with Tea Service by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I decided to add some pressed tin paintable wallpaper and paint it a metallic pewter to make the dishes really pop.

Paintable Pressed Tin Wallpaper in Vintage Tea Cart by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

And you can’t forget the cookies. My kids helped make those so I had something to stage with.

Grain-Free Peanut Butter Cookies with 3 ingredients by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

They are grain-free yummies made from a simple recipe:

Grain Free Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup peanut butter

1 egg

1 cup sugar (or less)

bake at 350° for 10-12 min. easy!

This vintage tea cart was a fun project that took some doing with repairs to wheels, replacing missing parts, etc, but worth it. I hope you enjoyed it! If you feel in love with it and would like it as your own, you can find it, and the brushes, in my shop. (SOLD)

Shop Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Stenciled French tea cart with tea service storage by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Time for some more fun! I love these brushes so much that Zibra and I are offering the wonderful set to you!

Prize Package of Zibra Paint Brushes by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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I invite you to pin and share so that others can be inspired by this vintage tea cart makeover. Don’t forget to head below to see the other Furniture Fixer Upper goodness!

A vintage tea cart gets a refreshed new look with lace painting and some ooh, la, la. See the makeover by Prodigal Pieces at prodigalpieces.com
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Curbside Changing Table Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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187 Comments

  • Jenine

    Beautiful!

    April 27, 2017 at 5:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Jenine!

      April 27, 2017 at 6:44 am Reply
  • Elaine

    You’re such an inspiration! This project is another of yours that helps me to see the things that I run across in a new light.

    April 27, 2017 at 7:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You just made my day because that’s what it’s all about. Thank you!

      April 27, 2017 at 7:53 pm Reply
  • Brenda Van Riper

    very nice

    April 27, 2017 at 7:42 am Reply
  • Terry

    Your tea cart makeover is so pretty…love the touch of ‘lace’ and French script!!

    April 27, 2017 at 7:47 am Reply
    • Terry

      oops…forgot to say I’d paint a cabinet that is just screaming for a new look with those great brushes!

      April 27, 2017 at 7:49 am Reply
      • Larissa

        It’s all good. 😀

        April 27, 2017 at 7:54 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It made me smile to see it come to fruition. Thanks for showing me love!

      April 27, 2017 at 7:53 pm Reply
  • Marcie Lovett

    Wow! 60s throwback to fun cottage look! Looking forward to seeing what you do with the changing table, too.

    April 27, 2017 at 7:52 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It was kinda…bland. hahaha… I can’t wait to show you too!

      April 27, 2017 at 7:54 pm Reply
  • Alison S

    I have a dresser I need to paint!

    April 27, 2017 at 8:01 am Reply
  • Cindy Downing

    I want to paint my dresser

    April 27, 2017 at 8:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That is a good project for their sprayers.

      April 27, 2017 at 7:55 pm Reply
  • Carol Prince

    I loved this makeover….especially the top! I have a side table that belongs to my Mom that I need to paint for her.

    April 27, 2017 at 8:44 am Reply
    • Larissa

      This cart was a fun project and so glad you like it. Thanks!

      April 27, 2017 at 7:55 pm Reply
  • Laura Werley

    Love the tea cart, the lace top is perfect. I flip furniture and would love the brushes to paint and finish all the pieces in my garage!

    April 27, 2017 at 8:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are a kindred spirit. 😉

      April 27, 2017 at 7:55 pm Reply
  • Ashley Enfinger

    I absolutely LOVE this tea cart. Those two stains together are perfect for my coastal beachy look. I just finished a drum table where that round brush would have been a lifesaver. So glad that I’ve found your blog!!

    April 27, 2017 at 9:05 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I am so happy you did too as I love to share and hear from others. Thank you!

      April 27, 2017 at 7:56 pm Reply
  • Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    This turned out so stinkin cute, Larissa! I knew you would do something awesome with it. And I can’t wait to try out my new brushes!! XOXO

    April 27, 2017 at 9:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Your chairs and my cart would make quite the pair! I know you’ll love the brushes too. Hugs!

      April 27, 2017 at 7:56 pm Reply
  • kandice kullmann

    Im a little in love with this. I love everything about it, especially the lace top!

    April 27, 2017 at 9:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It was such fun to do and to be able to share it is half the fun too. Thanks, Kandice!

      April 27, 2017 at 7:57 pm Reply
  • Mother Deer

    Amazing refresh on that tea cart!

    April 27, 2017 at 9:34 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so happy to hear it! When I shared a sneak peek the other day, someone jumped on me for painting it. sigh…

      April 27, 2017 at 7:57 pm Reply
  • Rachelle

    I always love seeing what you are up to! So inspiring! I also have to check out those brushes!!! Thanks for continuing to share your passsion!

    April 27, 2017 at 9:35 am Reply
    • Larissa

      My pleasure, Rachelle. You are more than welcome to read the reviews on the brushes I carry in my shop. So many love them too!

      April 27, 2017 at 7:58 pm Reply
  • Mother Deer

    And I would use the brushes on the three pieces of vintage furniture that are awaiting my attention in the garage 🙂

    April 27, 2017 at 9:35 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I have that same number too. ahem. 😉

      April 27, 2017 at 7:58 pm Reply
  • Carol S

    So, so cute, Larissa. I did not expect the lace – a really nice touch. And the wallpaper backdrop is so creative. Great job! I paint lots of furniture. Would love to try the brushes. Thanks for the giveaway!

    April 27, 2017 at 9:36 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It needed some pep from the old brown. Thanks for the encouragement!

      April 27, 2017 at 7:58 pm Reply
  • Mother Deer

    I have pinned this project for an additional entry. Thanks for making this drawing possible 🙂

    April 27, 2017 at 9:39 am Reply
  • Meghan Seyller

    I have never seen a tea cart I would have never known what it was if I had run across it. I love how it turned out the mix of stains is beautiful! If I were to win the brush set I would paint a vanity that has been under my carport waiting for a refresh.

    Ps I pinned it!

    April 27, 2017 at 9:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      So cool that I’m the first to show one to you. I love these things as they’re so versatile and don’t take up much room. Thanks!

      April 27, 2017 at 7:59 pm Reply
  • dianne anderson

    Love the tea cart but can’t wait to try those brushes, I don’t like taping, either!

    April 27, 2017 at 9:59 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, taping is not only a waste of time for me, but I don’t like filling up a landfill with it either. haha… Hope you win!

      April 27, 2017 at 8:00 pm Reply
  • Jolinda

    You have a steady hand to paint the wheels. The lace was a beautiful idea and I love the card. I enjoyed the tip on using the round brush which I don’t have.

    April 27, 2017 at 10:02 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s something I take pride in – thank you! The round, the square, and the triangle are so helpful in many ways. You will love it.

      April 27, 2017 at 8:11 pm Reply
  • Sheila Edgerton

    Very pretty. Love the lace paint effect!

    April 27, 2017 at 10:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s such a fun and easy treatment to do with much impact. Thank you!

      April 27, 2017 at 8:12 pm Reply
  • Kathy Owen

    What a lovely piece Larissa. You are always so good with the details.

    April 27, 2017 at 10:50 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Kathy. I appreciate your support in my endeavors weird as they may be at times. 😀

      April 27, 2017 at 8:13 pm Reply
  • Marie|The Interior Frugalista

    Seriously girlfriend, you never cease to amaze me! Love love love what you did to this sad Vintage Tea Cart ♥

    April 27, 2017 at 10:55 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Well, I just couldn’t leave it there, could I? hee hee. Thank you so much, Marie.

      April 27, 2017 at 8:13 pm Reply
  • Kristen Rosner

    I really like this makeover!

    April 27, 2017 at 11:35 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Kristen!

      April 27, 2017 at 7:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s wonderful to hear!

      April 27, 2017 at 8:14 pm Reply
  • Lori

    Lovely!!!

    April 27, 2017 at 12:38 pm Reply
  • Jan

    I would paint an old cabinet I have.

    April 27, 2017 at 12:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds good to me!

      April 27, 2017 at 8:14 pm Reply
  • Sharon Dobbs

    I would love this set of brushes. You do wonderful work.

    April 27, 2017 at 1:14 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Sharon.

      April 27, 2017 at 8:15 pm Reply
  • Suzanne

    Gorgeous. All that’s missing os a nice piece of french striped linen on that bar handle.

    April 27, 2017 at 1:15 pm Reply
  • Marisa Hood

    Wow! Great redo!! Would love to win the brushes – I have an art deco cabinet that needs some loving!!

    April 27, 2017 at 1:17 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It sounds like the perfect piece!

      April 27, 2017 at 8:15 pm Reply
  • Paula

    I love your ability to envision beauty. I pinned this and suddenly have the urge to drink a spot of tea. The boys will be making your cookies too. Thanks for the recipe!

    April 27, 2017 at 1:33 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      ha! It worked! 😀 The recipe is so fun and easy for kids and better than wheat. Yum and have fun!

      April 27, 2017 at 8:16 pm Reply
  • Kathy Roberts

    WOW! I love the tea cart!! Now I’ll be looking for one. And those Zibra brushes I’d love to try. I pinned this tea cart makeover for future reference. And entered the drawing for these awesome brushes.

    April 27, 2017 at 1:50 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m happy to hear it! I have 7 different brushes in my shop if you want to give them a try. Hopefully you win!

      April 27, 2017 at 8:16 pm Reply
  • Paula

    Forgot to say I could really use those brushes! Have lots of wooden things to paint this summer (don’t have dry, indoor space). I’m going to start with my husband’s dresser. I had it before we were married and it’s got big, man-sized drawers for his clothes. However, it desperately needs a makeover and not just because it has purple trim. He doesn’t complain but would like to paint it a bluish black or gray. If I had me some Zimbras…why I just might do a little detailin’ too!

    April 27, 2017 at 2:02 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I hear you on the summer thing. Yes, those guys don’t mind, but we sure do! Sounds like a fun project.

      April 27, 2017 at 8:17 pm Reply
  • Julie Briones

    This is beautiful! Love the structure itself (it would be my fave,too), and the techniques and finishes you used are spot on!

    I would use a set of those brushes on everything from painting the walls a new color in My Wee Abode to refinishing a scrapbook shelf unit!

    April 27, 2017 at 2:57 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Your words mean much. Thank you, Julie!

      April 27, 2017 at 8:18 pm Reply
  • Mary

    beautiful tea cart. My mother in law was from ENGLAND and had 2 tea carts. What a difference paint makes! Looks like I could be a better painted if I had your brushes as they look so easy to use.

    April 27, 2017 at 4:27 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Mary. Yes, they do make the job easier. Two carts?? How awesome!

      April 27, 2017 at 8:18 pm Reply
  • Mary - the boondocks blog

    You did it again! This is seriously impressive Larissa! A tea cart fit for the Queen!

    April 27, 2017 at 5:37 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Hugs to you, Mary. I love to hear your encouraging words.

      April 27, 2017 at 8:19 pm Reply
  • Simone Williams

    I loved the cart transformation. I would paint a small cabinet if I win the brushes

    April 27, 2017 at 7:19 pm Reply
  • Michell

    What a unique piece – love the lace idea! I have a couple of the zibra brushes and love them, and would probably use on my topcoat – I’m always looking for a good brush for topcoating.

    April 27, 2017 at 8:27 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I love using the lace. Thanks, Michell!

      April 27, 2017 at 9:24 pm Reply
  • Michelle Felmlee

    Pinned

    April 27, 2017 at 8:28 pm Reply
  • Moonallisa Crabass

    Another piece I would love to have! It turned out beautiful! Now, for those brushes…I am still dying to have some! Cash has been tight, with all these medical expenses, so I would be ecstatic if I won them! I have so many furniture projects that I could use them on, beginning with my Queen Anne vanity and chair, for my bedroom!

    April 27, 2017 at 8:39 pm Reply
    • Moonalisa Crabass

      Ha!Ha! I typo’d my name! 😀

      April 27, 2017 at 8:53 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Praying you will get some relief in some form. 🙂 Your vanity sounds like the perfect project for these brushes.

      April 27, 2017 at 9:25 pm Reply
  • Fonda

    I would have left the top plain stained wood (no saying or painted lace), but I would have painted the bottom white as you have. It’s personal preference.

    We have just finished painting one room in our house, and there are a few more rooms to go, so I would use the paint brushes for that project.

    April 27, 2017 at 8:57 pm Reply
  • Sue Pagels

    I must say I was very dubious (big word today LOL) as I am definitely NOT a tea cart lover, but I must say, I would not mind having this is my own home!! It’s really lovely and I think it turned out just fabulous!

    April 27, 2017 at 9:04 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      hee hee hee. I have transformed you!! So cool to hear you like it. Thanks for the love.

      April 27, 2017 at 9:26 pm Reply
  • Patty

    Cute idea for the Tea Cart! It really makes it visually appealing and would fit in anywhere.

    April 27, 2017 at 9:15 pm Reply
  • Sue Pagels

    I also pinned your picture and visited Zibra too!

    April 27, 2017 at 9:17 pm Reply
  • Debrashoppeno5

    The tea cart is beautiful. I have never seen a tea cart with all of the storage like that.

    April 27, 2017 at 9:36 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I haven’t either and is exactly why it called to me. 😉 Thanks, Debra!

      April 28, 2017 at 6:37 am Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    LOVE the tea cart ! What an unbelievable difference! I have lots of little tables and that’s probably what the brushes will be used for ! Thank you for the chance to win them!

    April 27, 2017 at 9:46 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so happy to hear you think so. Thank you!!

      April 28, 2017 at 6:45 am Reply
  • Jessie

    Thank you for all the tips. I’m really hoping to try those brushes soon.

    April 27, 2017 at 10:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are most welcome. 🙂

      April 28, 2017 at 6:38 am Reply
  • marie keller

    I love tea carts. Beautiful.

    April 27, 2017 at 10:11 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I do too! They are so fun.

      April 28, 2017 at 6:38 am Reply
  • Kenda

    You did a beautiful job on that tea cart! I especially love the tin tile-look painted wallpaper; details like that really make a piece stand out. As for the brushes, I have a bursting barn full….er, a few random projects to work on. 🙂

    April 27, 2017 at 10:17 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Ha! You are like-minded (or stasher) hee hee. You will love the brushes!

      April 28, 2017 at 6:39 am Reply
  • Denise L.

    I love the tea cart makeover! Very creative! The first thing I would paint with the brushes are some old wooden chairs I’ve got hanging around.

    April 27, 2017 at 10:21 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! These would be perfect for those chairs. 🙂

      April 28, 2017 at 6:39 am Reply
  • Lisa Dickens

    Love this, I think it’s one of my favorites you’ve done!

    April 27, 2017 at 10:44 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Wonderful to hear that, Lisa. Thank you!

      April 28, 2017 at 6:40 am Reply
  • Deanne Young

    I love it. I pinned it! Check it out! Can’t wait to try those brushes out!

    April 27, 2017 at 11:02 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yahoo!! Thank you.

      April 28, 2017 at 6:40 am Reply
  • Deanne Young

    I have a vintage gossip seat that needs love and paint. That’s only one of a long list of projects to tackle

    April 27, 2017 at 11:05 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Those are another fun piece. So many stories they can tell!

      April 28, 2017 at 6:40 am Reply
  • Lynn

    Hi Larissa: You know that teacart is very unusual in that it has a place for the tea cups sp it would have been calling me also…good buy and it now looks beautiful.

    April 27, 2017 at 11:07 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It really is. Love all the storage and the unique design. Thank you!

      April 28, 2017 at 6:40 am Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    I wasn’t sure this tea cart had much hope but as usual you rocked it Larissa! It looks so much more fresh in white and the lace top really makes it more unique. I was also thinking of it as a vintage flower cart.

    April 27, 2017 at 11:16 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I just had to grab it when it called me. 😉 Thanks, Jen!

      April 28, 2017 at 6:41 am Reply
  • Harriet

    Such a great transformation! I have a large desk to paint and want to do something special with it. New brushes would make my projects so much easier!

    April 27, 2017 at 11:45 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      These definitely would be wonderful for you projects.

      April 28, 2017 at 6:41 am Reply
  • Karyn

    Love your cart makeover! I’d use the brushes to paint the trim around my back door! I also have several makeovers planned that I’d love to use the brushes on!

    April 28, 2017 at 12:26 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! You sound like me with a plate full of projects. Fun!

      April 28, 2017 at 6:42 am Reply
  • Kelly Youngblood

    Wow, Larissa! This is not a piece that would ever have appealed to me in it’s original form, but I love the unique ways in which you were transformed it — it turned out lovely. I love the lace and text as well as the pressed tin wall paper detail! I am grateful for the opportunity to win a set of Zibra brushes and would get cracking on transforming several vintage furniture pieces in my own stash/hoard. 🙂

    April 28, 2017 at 12:49 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It was kind blah, huh? haha… Thanks, Kelly!

      April 28, 2017 at 6:42 am Reply
  • Vonda Laffey

    I love this tea cart! Using the lace and the wallpaper are such great ideas. I’m a tad envious of your fantastic finds!

    April 28, 2017 at 1:36 am Reply
    • Larissa

      They kinda find me. Thanks so much, Vonda!

      April 28, 2017 at 6:42 am Reply
  • Kitti Miller

    I Absolutely do love it! Such wonderful inspiration. You have inspired me so I found my first real find at our thrift shop of a small chair that is definitely an antique and looks like from a Victorian era. Will send a pic in the morning and maybe you will know what era it’s from but it has an embroidered seat and front & back panels of the seat back which I am embroidering something different and will refinish the trim but would love these brushes to complete the woodwork…lots of tiny nooks & cranny’s in the woods design and have to repair the back as it has a small crack through the center. It also has small wheels on just the front 2 legs. I paid $40 and am so wanting to find out what it may be worth when finished. Thank you for your wonderful work and inspirations for the rest of us!

    April 28, 2017 at 1:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That is wonderful to hear! I love that you took a chance and are willing to try. I can’t wait to see what you do!

      April 28, 2017 at 6:43 am Reply
  • Michelle

    This is jaw on the floor phenomenal! Wow! Awesome work lady!!! 😍

    April 28, 2017 at 2:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      woot, woot!! Thank you, Michelle!

      April 28, 2017 at 6:43 am Reply
  • Cindy B

    I love your tea cart! The lace was the perfect touch.I’ll be painting a thrifted nightstand to be used as a printer stand.

    April 28, 2017 at 3:02 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Sounds like a plan.

      April 28, 2017 at 6:43 am Reply
  • Mary Kaiser

    Its funny you should tell the story about things jumping in your cart at the thrift store, the exact s things happens to me at the thrift store. With the following of things I have coming home with me I need the brushes to pretty some of them up and make them presentable.

    April 28, 2017 at 4:00 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It is so true! They really do find me. haha… Thanks, Mary.

      April 28, 2017 at 6:44 am Reply
  • Meg Karetny

    I love this makeover! This is now one of my favorites with the use of the lace on it! 😀 Thanks so much for the chance to win the brushes too 🙂

    April 28, 2017 at 6:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are most welcome. Thank you!

      April 28, 2017 at 6:44 am Reply
  • December Tarter

    so pretty, I will have to think twice before passing up a tea cart now!!

    April 28, 2017 at 7:09 am Reply
  • Ellen

    Love it! I am just starting down the road of furniture flipping and absolutely love it! Sometimes when I look at a piece that I know has potential it’s hard to see how this “ugly duckling” can possibly become a swan!! But you make it look so easy!!😁 Your experience is so valuable!! I am always inspired and can spend hours reading your posts, lol! Those brushes look wonderful, I have so many projects waiting on my attention but the one screaming the loudest is an end table I’ve been wanting to tackle for some time. The reason is that’s she’s been sitting in my livingroom for a very long time because I need her but she’s a little ugly and needs her makeover asap!! 😁

    April 28, 2017 at 7:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Congrats to you on the journey, Ellen. 🙂 You have made my day with your kind words. I can’t thank you enough!

      April 29, 2017 at 3:52 pm Reply
  • Rebecca Clark

    Love, love the Tea Cart! I wouldn’t have passed it up either 😉

    April 28, 2017 at 8:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Great minds grab alike. 😀

      April 29, 2017 at 3:52 pm Reply
  • Carole

    Larissa! This is so cute! I have one Zibra have a set!

    April 28, 2017 at 8:21 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wonderful! I do love them and am such a funny person since I don’t usually become a brand snob. But…these made me change my mind.

      April 29, 2017 at 3:54 pm Reply
  • Lynda

    Gorgeous! I am getting ready to retire in a couple of years and we will be moving and downsizing. When I read your blog I want to refinish/paint ALL my furniture!! LOL! Seriously, I do have a couple of pieces that will definitely be painted and would love to try these brushes out!

    April 28, 2017 at 8:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How fun is that?!! haha!! So fun to hear, Lynda. I’m sure your retirement will be full to the brim.

      April 29, 2017 at 3:54 pm Reply
  • Rebecca Drake

    I really did not like that tea cart to begin with. But once you were finished with it, I love it. So cute with the lace!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    April 28, 2017 at 8:44 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It was kinds ugly, but had so much potential. Thanks, Rebecca!

      April 29, 2017 at 3:54 pm Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    It’s now on my Pinterest page Furniture Finishes! Thanks, Larissa !

    April 28, 2017 at 8:54 am Reply
  • Chris Bayko

    Love the way this turned out… I’ll have to try out the lace painting. Thanks for sharing!

    April 28, 2017 at 9:47 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You will love it. Thanks for stopping by!

      April 29, 2017 at 3:59 pm Reply
  • Donna Marchlewski

    love the teacart!

    April 28, 2017 at 11:28 am Reply
  • Nanette

    Beautiful! I have an armoire and a dresser I am ready to paint!

    April 28, 2017 at 11:41 am Reply
  • Karen Simon Peterson

    What a sweet little cart – I love your makeover! I have several bookcases in need of paint.

    April 28, 2017 at 12:44 pm Reply
  • Charlene

    love the top! I’m a sucker for lace. I have many projects waiting for me & would benefit greatly from better brushes.

    April 28, 2017 at 3:00 pm Reply
  • Sandy Koenig

    Hi, I would paint an old glass window frame, and picture frames for guest room.

    April 28, 2017 at 3:04 pm Reply
  • Molly

    The tea cart is amazing! I love it!

    April 28, 2017 at 9:01 pm Reply
  • Lee Ann Kuhn

    always a pleasure to read and follow you Larissa

    April 28, 2017 at 10:53 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Hugs to you, Lee Ann. 🙂

      April 29, 2017 at 3:59 pm Reply
  • Jenn Dynys

    This may be my favorite project of yours. I would paint everything!

    April 28, 2017 at 11:34 pm Reply
  • Melissa

    Beautiful!! Your such an inspiration. Can’t wait to get started on my projects. Now for some paintbrushes…….

    April 29, 2017 at 1:21 am Reply
  • Kaycee

    Larissa you’ve hit it out of the park again girl! I have never seen a tea cart with the glass door cabinet on it like that! You certainly transformed her beautifully!

    April 29, 2017 at 7:34 am Reply
  • Lorena Keech

    Are you kidding? Your makeover is “Wow!” Love it. I have a cedar chest that is need of some love, so that would be my first project.

    April 29, 2017 at 1:18 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That would be so fun! Thank you for showing me love.

      April 29, 2017 at 3:59 pm Reply
  • Linda Clement

    This is one of my favorites. I am not a real lace lover, but I did love the top. The colors are so scrumptious and the finished product – just gorgeous! I have never seen a tea cart with the little cabinet. Love it!

    April 29, 2017 at 4:07 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I hadn’t seen one either and was smitten with it. Thanks!

      April 30, 2017 at 8:50 pm Reply
  • Kristina Austin

    Your tea cart is something my daughter would love, she is a true tea lover and server! I have purchased the Zibra triangle brush and adore it. Such great quality. I would ve to try more!

    April 29, 2017 at 4:53 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      How fun to have such a good time with this sort of thing. I wish I had time to. Glad to hear you love Zibra too!

      April 30, 2017 at 8:50 pm Reply
  • PC

    I am trying the lace technique on my bathroom chest

    April 29, 2017 at 5:08 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Wonderful! I hope you have fun. 😀

      April 30, 2017 at 8:50 pm Reply
  • Cynthia

    What WOULDN’T I paint! lol! I also love to paint, not just furniture, but walls, too. It’s very therapeutic.

    April 29, 2017 at 9:49 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I couldn’t agree more. I quit a high-stress job while in college and joined the paint crew. Nothing more therapeutic for me after hard day of studies to go off and make something beautiful. Plus, I learned so much.

      April 30, 2017 at 8:51 pm Reply
  • Christy Dixon

    Such inspiration! I have a, very very old tray table given to my grandmother by HER grandmother and then given to me shortly (merely a week) before my grandmother passed away. I’ve looked at it daily for years now wondering if i should paint it or not. Now I know exactly what it needs! Lace! I have a tattered piece of lace from an old table cloth and I think it was here for this exact purpose! Now i just need a set of those fabulous brushes to ensure a perfect outcome and I’m ready to commit -isnt that the hardest part?? Thank you so much for your beautiful ideas!

    April 29, 2017 at 10:57 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      What a wonderful treasure you have and such a story too. I know what you mean about commitment. I put myself on the line all the time and get nailed by some, but hey, who cares?? 😉

      April 30, 2017 at 8:52 pm Reply
  • Becca

    Wow! I am pretty sure I would have passed that one up at the thrift shop, but I am absolutely loving the finished product! What a great transformation!

    April 30, 2017 at 9:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You just made my day, Becca. Thank you!

      May 2, 2017 at 8:37 am Reply
  • Nancy

    Your tea cart was beautiful to begin with but you put it over the top! Beautiful! I would use the brushes to redo my kitchen cabinets that have been waiting forever for a face lift!

    May 1, 2017 at 8:04 am Reply
  • Denise

    The tea art is darling! I would love a set of the brushes to use on the many projects I have waiting for some TLC!

    May 1, 2017 at 9:09 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks for saying so, Denise. 😉

      May 2, 2017 at 8:38 am Reply
  • Sue

    I would use the brushes on all my many projects waiting for me at home 🙂

    May 1, 2017 at 3:42 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds good to me! 😀

      May 2, 2017 at 8:38 am Reply
  • Christina Kintyhtt

    So very cute just love it.

    May 1, 2017 at 8:23 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks you for the love, Christina.

      May 2, 2017 at 8:39 am Reply
  • Donna

    My poor secretary has been out in the garage for almost a year waiting for a fresh new coat of paint, I sanded and just never got to paint her, I am going to soon. I can’t wait to make her beautiful. Thank you for your creative ideas

    May 2, 2017 at 6:47 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I know the feeling! Here’s to you and painting. 😀

      May 4, 2017 at 7:12 am Reply
  • Christiane Lavoie

    Love the transformation, very chic.

    May 8, 2017 at 3:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Christiane!

      May 9, 2017 at 1:37 pm Reply
  • Cheryl Bonner

    Larissa well done,so cute I almost cried.

    July 31, 2017 at 4:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      aww…you are so sweet to say so, Cheryl. Thank you!

      August 2, 2017 at 5:39 am Reply

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