I recently received an invitation from the Rust-Oleum company to join their Blogger’s Challenge on Creator’s Studio, and submit a project using one of seven products they were sending in a kit to use for the challenge. I was so excited and honored that they asked me and accepted right away!
Just days before I received the invitation, I found this metal cart at my local thrift shop and thought I could do something to spruce it up and put it to good use. Once I accepted the blogger’s challenge I waited until I received my delivery to see what I could use before I made any plans for updating the cart.
As soon as they arrived, I was so excited to see each product as I pulled them out of the box, but was most excited about the Metallic finish copper spray paint! I knew right away that I wanted to use that for the bar handles on the side of the cart. I considered using the Spring Green paint for the trays, but wasn’t sure it would go well for where I wanted to use it.
I started by cleaning the cart using the Krud Kutter kitchen degreaser, which is also a Rust-Oleum product. It had this grimy film all down the bars and the Krud Kutter did a fantastic job cleaning it up!
After removing all the dirt and grime, I attempted to remove the bars but the screws wouldn’t budge. I knew I would have to get creative to paint this piece using two different paint colors, but I started with covering the whole piece in a flat white primer.
So, I’m jumping ahead a little here but the paints above are what I ended up using for this entire project. That pretty Robin’s Egg color in the middle there is what I decided to go with for the trays. It’s underneath all that aluminum foil below. This is where I got creative because I was worried that using painter’s tape on the edges would pull some of the blue paint off, plus it was a lot of space to cover. The foil did a great job, but if you use it, I would like to suggest that you make sure it’s pressed down on all the edges. I didn’t press one small area down securely and had to do a touch-up…oops!
I almost forgot about the wheels, but I certainly wasn’t going to give this piece such a shiny new face lift and leave these rusty casters on it. There really wasn’t much I could do about the plastic wheels that were on it, but the metal looked nice once they were painted.
This was the most clever idea I could come up with to spray paint the casters. Must not have been such a bad idea since it worked!
I knew I definitely wanted to try out the pink glitter spray paint because I thought that would stand out nicely on the cart. I found this small dollar store bucket around the house and thought that would be perfect to paint with the glitter paint and use for the bar tools.
And here’s my thrift store bar cart with a whole new look! It was pretty easy to decorate and I lucked out finding that crystal decanter at a thrift shop for just a few bucks. It was too pretty to pass up and I thought it would be a great addition to the bar cart.
Here’s a close-up of the dollar store bucket painted with the glitter paint. I love the pink glitter surface and all the bar bar tools fit right inside.
Did you happen to notice that Mirror Effect spray paint in the kit? That’s how I got that pretty gold striped cylinder vase! It was so easy to do with just a little painter’s tape. I plan on following up with another post on how I did the vase with step-by-step instructions, soon. I happened to find this vase under our kitchen sink to display the white roses and made a last minute decision to give the vase some color using the mirror effect paint. The gold stripes gave it instant style!
Just a close-up of the middle and bottom trays. I thought these small green plates and napkins from World Market added a little more color…
Thank you, Rust-Oleum for including me in the Blogger’s Challenge on Creator’s Studio! I am so happy with how this little thrift store find turned out and the paint not only gave it a whole new look, but also a nice durable surface! Now my bar cart looks ready for entertaining.
Just one more thing- if you enjoy DIY projects like I do, I would like to encourage everyone to join me over at Rust-Oleum’s Creator’s Studio to share your projects and ideas or get some inspiration by viewing other projects. You do not have to be a blogger to join and share your projects! Hope to see you there!
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