When I go into Goodwill looking for something specific, it usually doesn’t work out. This time must’ve been the exception to the rule. A friend mentioned that she was looking for furniture to setup a makeup studio in her home. She wanted a small vanity or something similar to store all of her supplies. On my next trip to Goodwill, I found this gray, metal cart. It looked like something used for storing tools in the garage.
With a little tweaking, I thought it could be a versatile piece to use for her makeup. The first thing I did was give it several coats of spray paint. I used Rustoleum’s Gloss Sun Yellow. It seemed really hard to get an even smooth coverage so I had several rounds of spraying, sanding, spraying again – which takes some time – and the finish still didn’t come out the way I wanted it to. I must be doing something wrong.
After painting, I drilled four holes in the two drawers. This was my first time selecting a drill bit and drilling through metal. It took some trial and error on the first hole to get the size right for the knobs I already had on hand (use what you got!).
Originally, I wanted to use a pretty striped paper on the top surface with a piece of plexiglass to cover it. I didn’t realize plexiglass, at least in that size, is quite pricey! It would’ve been cheaper to use a piece of real glass. I scrapped that plan and went with plan B : vinyl shelf liner. I used this black and white design by Con-Tact.
The liner is non-adhesive, but for the very top of the cart, I used a spray adhesive I already had to keep it in place and make it easy to wipe. We lined the drawers also but without the additional spray adhesive.
A little paint, some knobs, and shelf liner made this metal cart much more presentable for indoor use.
I styled it as a bar cart, since I love them, but really it could be used in a bathroom, a kitchen, or even in a craft room. My friend is going to use it for her makeup so when she gets it home and setup I’ll have to take a picture to share.
Have you repurposed or remade anything lately?
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