Vintage Metal Cart Makeover

vintage metal cart

Vintage Metal Cart – The Before!

Earlier this summer I came across this vintage metal cart at Picker’s Pig Pen. I’ve mentioned Picker’s Pig Pen before in this space. It’s a place I can go when I’m looking for inspiration or a new project. I had spotted one of these shelves there last year, but I didn’t take it at the time and the next time I went it was gone.

So when I spotted this one I was thrilled. The shelves were a little rough, but the casters and chrome were in great shape.

vintage metal cart - gunky shelf

I have no idea what the spill on the bottom shelf was, but it ate into the paint.

On the top shelf, someone had repainted it with a brown that did not match the original.

Vintage Metal Shelf

The Makeover!

I gave it a good scrubbing to remove all the dead bugs and spider egg casings, then I stripped the paint off. Then I got stuck, how was I going to make-over this cart.

There’s a certain pressure that comes from having a blog and following a lot of truly creative blogs. The pressure to do more and be more so ‘your’ project will stand out in the crowd. I kept thinking of the vintage metal cart makeover Marie at Interior Frugalista (I’ll add the link as soon as I find it) had done and wondering how I could make mine as lovely.

And then I stopped, because at the end of the day, I’m not selling or giving away the things I make. They have to live in my home, not on my blog. So knowing my vintage cart was most likely going in my bedroom it needed to be either blue or gray. Since gray felt too much like commercial filing cabinets, blue it was.

Forgive the lack of after photos, it spent a little over a month out beside my BBQ – very handy in its own way.

Then I started sewing again, and after 2 weeks of my sewing living in my kitchen, I decided it was time to move it out of shared living spaces and set up a dedicated area.

And this is where it lives now, keeping my sewing supplies contained and somewhat organized.

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Author: The Shade Gardener

Hi there! I'm Vanessa, the Shade Gardener. I live in a tiny little house in Ontario with my 2 grown boys, 2 dogs and a cat, where I do my best to grow plants in a heavily shaded yard and soil like cement. I am passionate about my family, my pets, MCM furniture and cheese. When I'm not in the garden I do a bit of crafting and sewing. Sometimes I build topiary animals from chicken wire for fun.

5 thoughts on “Vintage Metal Cart Makeover”

  1. I love the new blue color of your cart! That was a great rescue! I’m sure you’ll put it to good use…it looks like you already have! Pinned!

  2. I could really do with a cart like that in my craft room. You did a great restoration job.

    1. If you ever come across one, they’re worth the time to clean up. It’s very sturdy.

  3. Gosh, I love those metal carts! Loving the blue you chose and that it’s corralling all your supplies. Those spider eggs get into everything! 😂

    1. Spiders are nasty little critters, and that goo on the bottom shelf was kind of gross too but it was worth the clean-up. It’s such a sturdy little shelf/cart and perfect height for watching Netflix while I sew.

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