I found this vintage metal kitchen cart in the basement of an estate sale. I saw it on Saturday when it was marked at 50 cents and then again on Sunday when it was half priced at 25 cents. Something about it sucked me in and it ended up in the back of our mini cooper for a mere quarter. For almost a year it has been in our garage and then moved into my studio to hold stacks of folded fabric.
This summer I decided it need a face-lift. The shelves were in pretty bad shape and the chrome legs had some rusting. I took the whole thing apart, bought two cans of Rustoleum spray paint in a pretty shade of blue and broke out the sand paper. I spent a few hours sanding the shelves smooth, really smooth, getting all the layers of rust and grime off. Then, between light layers of spray paint, I took the chrome legs into the sink and scrubbed them with Barkeeper’s Friend to shine them up again. I made sure to lightly sand the shelves between paint layers with fine grained sandpaper and did quite a few layers to assure a nice even coat with no drips.
In total, the project cost me under $10. Not too bad at all!