Check out how I turned this worn out and ugly tea cart into a stinkin’ cute little number for my kitchen!
This little tea cart was only $35, so I snagged it up and knew exactly where I needed it.
I had some left over general finishes antique white paint leftover from my kitchen cabinet remodel (next blog post you will see that transformation)! I knew it would cover this mess well.
The top of the cart had some crazy lacquer over the original wood. I don’t think any sander would have taken THAT off. The beauty with this paint is that it easily covers over almost anything. The top was crazy scratched up and the rest was obviously worn out being that it is an antique.
I first took all the parts off, the table sides and wheels. I always make sure to label all of the parts and screws, so I know exactly where to put them back on. Trust me, a screw knows where it came from. I have made that mistake before, and it’s infuriating when you can’t get the pieces to fit back together!
I scrubbed all the pieces, wood and screws very well with 50/50 hot water and vinegar. My little Eli was a fabulous help although my workshop was littered with cars and toys to trip over! #MomLife.
After everything was dry I started painting. I started with turning the piece upside down so I could make sure to see all the little crevices and cover everything well. It took about four coats and she was done. Originally I was going to paint the handle and the wheels black, who knows I still might, but I actually like the dark brown wood color, and the fact that you can see that’s it’s naturally distressed.
I was also going to distress the edges … again I’ll never know if I’ll change my mind again, but there is just something to say about a simple white piece of furniture that is just pretty.
Less than 24 hours and I had it up and ready to show.
If you are thinking of painting a project yourself, try General Finishes! I paid $96 for a gallon of their milk paint, which seemed outrageous at the time BUT well worth it! Love that stuff! Zero sanding required and it finishes so well. It turns out they manufacture this glorious concoction close to me as well! Love it!
Now, who wants tea? Wait, maybe I should rename it to, Vino cart!
Lynnaya — Mom of Elly Mae, Ava, & Eli