Wheeled metal carts have been so popular lately. When the new Ikea catalog came out, I was coveting this sweet blue one.
Apparently, my neighbor didn’t know how popular they are, or I don’t think I would have found this one in his trash a couple weeks ago.
It was a only a a little bit rusty – not too bad. It looked like it used to be white, but the paint had yellowed over time. I was considering painting it either white, or blue like the cheery one from Ikea.
But once I started to sand it, the yellowish color sanded away, revealing a pretty, creamy white which must have been the original color. I think that the yellowing might have been caused by smoke. (It reminded me of our house when we moved in. The woman who lived in it for years was a smoker, and everything that hadn’t been freshly painted was covered in a brownish-yellow film.)
This is what some energetic sanding exposed…
I love the spots where the metal shows through!
This cart is exactly what I needed for our pantry/entry makeover. (Doesn’t that sound like a crazy combination for a room? I’m working on it – hopefully it will make sense when I’m done!)
My new coffee cart fits perfectly in the space, and is so so so useful!!!
The top shelf holds my coffee maker (obviously!) and metal coffee box.
Lots of room for coffee!
The red box on the second shelf (also a trash-day treasure) hold tea bags, creamer, hot chocolate mix and a milk bottle full of coffee stirrers (aka bendy straws!).
Lots of cookbooks fit into the vintage explosives box on the bottom shelf. Very appropriate for my cooking to be associated with explosives. I wish that I was kidding when I say that!
The cart again – posing on a different wall (different light)…
I can’t wait to show you some of the other updates that I’m working on for this room. Please stay tuned to see them!!!