AN OLD SQUEAKY CART GETS A NEW PURPOSE!
I did this project last year, and decided it’s time to sit down and blog about it! After my hubby completed our dining room, I knew it needed something with a little character in it. I became obsessed with the idea of a mobile bar and thus my obsession with creating a bar cart began.
I don’t often find good bargains locally (usually I find the bigger cities have more of a selection), but I happened to find this old rolling cart at the Norfolk Salvation army and the price was totally right = $8.00. WHAT!? So I bought it, shoved it in the G6 and then researched ideas.
Pardon my slightly out of focus photo. You can see it’s pretty plain Jane, but that’s what so great about it. A blank canvas if you will! So I knew I wanted a few things: silver metal and hardware, a leather handle, and something done to the trays.
I began by disassembling it and sanding the crap out of the metal. (Sorry, forgot to take pics, but basically manual labor). THEN, I really wanted to do a mirrored finish on the inside of the trays, but it completely failed. Totally unsure of what to do, it dawned on me. CHALKBOARD PAINT! DUH! I could label a charcuterie spread, fancy beverages, ice, etc. How cute!?What I love about chalkboard paint is the versatility in design it offers and it’s in-expensive! The next step was to figure out how to “wrap” the handle. I ended up using a scrap of leather from the hobby lobby end-caps that worked PERFECTLY. With a little hot-glue and careful manipulation, we were in business!At the end of the day, with a little elbow grease and paint, it turned out pretty good. Total cost = $21. Not bad I’d say.