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?
I’ve mentioned before, I am a big fan of trays. I use them in almost every room of our house. When I saw this photo tray in Goodwill for $2 I knew I could use it some way, some how.
Actually, the shape of it reminded me of these trays from West Elm, so I decided my tray should also sport a pretty, metallic finish. I used my Mona Lisa gold leaf kit to achieve the look. While it was a straightforward process, gold leafing something that’s not the size of a small coaster, as I did recently here, takes much longer.
- Applied adhesive and allowed time to become tacky
- Layered gold leaf across tacky area and smoothed
- Using a small paint brush, applied sealer over gold leafed area and allowed to dry
I worked in sections. I first applied the adhesive as seen below, and then the gold leaf, to one tray wall at a time. Overall, it took about three hours but I spread that time out over a few days.
And voila! Here it is with some photos from past travels.
I decided to use a piece of the handmade wrapping paper I found at Cost Plus awhile back to change the look altogether. The pink flowers are outlined in gold so it’s a great fit.
The great thing about the tray already having glass and matting is that it’s easily customizable. You can display anything you’d like. And if you don’t happen to find this kind of ‘frame’ tray at a thrift store as I did, it’s pretty easy to make one! You can use a regular picture frame and add cabinet handles to it, or you can have a piece of glass or acrylic cut to fit the bottom of a tray you already have. (See how Kelly did it at View Along the Way.)
I am loving metallic finishes lately. How about you?
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