Today I am going to show you how easy it is to make this upcycled beverage cart.
For several years now, I have been on the lookout for a unique beverage cart or station. What I’ve been looking for is an old potting bench that I could recycle. But it seems like nobody wants to part with them, because I haven’t been able to find any!
But then, last week, I saw a post on Love and Renovations for turning an old rusty cart into a beverage cart. And I was thinking, “Now, if I could just find a cart like that to fix up.” And wouldn’t you know, I found one a few days later at a garage sale! I decided it was definitely meant to be, so I dragged that thing home and hid it (I was pretty sure my husband would think I was crazy for buying something so ugly!).
Yes, it definitely needed some TLC!
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Upcycled Beverage Cart
The first thing I did was collect all my supplies:
- Rust-Oleum Rust Reformer
- Primer (optional)
- Rust-Oleum American Accents Satin Aqua
- Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Gloss White
- 14-inch Cake Doilies I picked up at Hobby Lobby
- Krylon Easy-Tack Repositionable Adhesive
Before I got started, I took the hose and sprayed it down real good, because it was pretty dirty. After it dried, I taped off the wheels real good with painter’s tape. Now I was ready to work some magic!
I first sanded it down real good to try to get some of the rust off. I used a real heavy grit (120). Then I rinsed it off real good again to make sure there was no sanding dust.
I then sprayed the whole thing with Rust-Oleum Rust Reformer. It says you should only need one coat, but I decided to use the whole can, which did about 1½ coats. I wanted to make sure it had good coverage, so I used primer for the rest of the second coat, since I already had some on hand.
Once that was dry, I sprayed a coat of Rust-Oleum American Accents Satin Aqua (make sure it says indoor/outdoor if you intend to use it outdoors). It was after the first coat of aqua that I decided I wanted just a little something extra. That’s when I decided to add “permanent” doilies.
I just happened to have a can of Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Gloss White that I had bought for another project, but that project never happened! So I sprayed each tier with a coat of that. Once it was dry, I sprayed the back of three doilies with Krylon Easy-Tack Repostionable Adhesive, and placed them in the center of each tier. I then sprayed a second coat of the Aqua over the entire cart, making sure the doilies were completely covered.
Once that was dry, I removed the doilies, just hoping it worked! Sometimes these things don’t work out so well, and since I was painting outside, the breeze would lift the edges of the doilies while I was spraying. I was afraid there would be aqua where I didn’t want it. But it worked!
Doesn’t it look so much better? I am so excited to use it for our next party! I’m still on the lookout for an old potting bench, because we also need a nice side table for when we barbeque. So I’ll have to keep my eyes open!
And this is how well it works!
If you’re looking for more yard decor inspiration, be sure and check out my post on repurposed yard art!
Do you have some unique yard decor? If so, tell us about it in the comments!
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