tea cart makeover before
Tea Cart Before

There she sat. All alone at the back of the garage/workshop. Lonely, forlorn, a little rough around the edges. Who am I kidding? Filthy dirty and covered in cobwebs, signs of abuse by raindrops. She came home with me anyways. I knew that this tea cart needed a makeover and I was just the person to do it!

tea cart makeover after
Tea Cart After
And here she is today……transformed from neglected to the life of the party. This tea cart had definitely seen better days. But nothing some ASCP in Old White couldn’t fix. Cleaned and polished with some dark wax for texture, she’s feeling the love as a new bar cart in our dining room.
bar cart
Although her lines are a little feminine, I think she will serve us better as a bar cart than a tea cart. Even if we really don’t drink martinis, there’s something cool and sophisticated feeling about displaying martini glasses. And brandy snifters and cocktail shakers.
bar cart makeover details

You’re probably wondering why the red wheels…..Emperor Silk to be exact. They pick up the red in the area rug in the room which is also in the living room area rug and also the same colour as my Emperor Silk side table in the living room. Continuity counts in our house.

bar cart wheel close-up

I’m still playing with the effects of the dark wax….sometimes I like it (like here) and sometimes I don’t (as in the major fail night chest I just painted Chateau Grey and Graphite – more to come on that later). But here it works because it picks up the details on the handle and trim of this little cart and tones down the creaminess and brightness of the Emperor Silk.

bar cart details close-up]
Cocktails anyone?




  1. says

    I love this… I have a little green chippy chair that I got for $5 that was sitting all alone and forlorn in a mud puddle at a flea market that I’m still partial to. This turned out absolutely beautifully. I love the colors together – the red wheels were a stroke of genius!

  2. says

    What a great find! :) That’s neat you can do something about fixing it up. I’m one of those people who can recognize a great find, but lacks the skill or drive to fix it up properly. I’m glad people like you can do it properly. It looks fantastic!


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