Cart-a-Diem

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Happy Monday to you all!  I was a wee bit busy this weekend trying to get a head start on this new adventure called fulltime education, but I am proud to say I was productive, and one of my projects was this cart re-do!  Check it out!

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I found this sucker on the side of the road outside the subway stop, looked it over and decided it had potential, so I wheeled it all the way home.  I am so nonplussed when I get ‘crazy lady’ stares now, that it only makes me want to do it all the more!

There were a few dings and scrapes in the plywood shelving, so I glued up holes and set some primer on all the spots.

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I wanted to challenge myself to spend zero dollars on this makeover, so I scavenged my paint stash and decided to use Behr Snow Drop, a lite frosty blue, the same color we used in our bedroom 5 years ago.  Took two coats.

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Next, I thought it looked a bit too clean, so I distressed the edges with two types of sand paper, coarse and fine.  I started with the coarse, in order to take of the layers quickly, and then fine to sand down the remaining flakes.

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and…

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This next step was my favorite because it’s the vision I had as I was walking home…chevrons!  I used 2″ painters tape and with some lite measuring I was able to eyeball a pretty consistent design.

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Just before paint…

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Again, I didn’t want to spend any money, so I used up the last of the Rustoleum silver spray paint I had from Green Thumb and went to town!

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It looks like tinfoil at first glance but then you get to pull off the tape, my favorite part!

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For the last step, I caved and bought a can of Liquitex gloss varnish to give my cart a nice sheen.

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What do ya think?!

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I LOVE  the way this turned out, and for the grand total of around $8!  You just can’t beat that, and I have just the spot for it…stay tuned!

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