Don’t throw that away!
That’s what I thought when our favorite Craigslist Seller said she would pitch this cart if we didn’t want it, for FREE. 🙂
Sad little cart? Yes.
I thought it would make a great cart for a small kitchen or office, specifically a coffee cart.
Inspiration came from a burlap coffee bean sack I had in our inventory. I recycled the back of the sack to create a banner for a baby shower, but I still had the printed side.
The natural feel of the burlap and the black print set the color scheme. I disassembled the cart first, removing the bottom shelf and the casters from the cart frame.
I used Mod Podge to adhere the burlap sack to the bottom shelf of the cart. I then spray painted the frame of the cart in a high gloss black.
I taped the wheels and spray painted the metal part of the casters in gold.
I really made an effort to use only items I had in my workshop for this coffee cart project. I looked for scrap wood to make a tray for the top of the cart—I wanted something rustic. I didn’t have anything in stock. I turned to Carpenter Bob for help. I asked if he could make a tray from pallet wood. Bob usually has scrap pallets in stock so he can make custom pallet wine racks that we always have listed in our Etsy Shop.
Bob came through and made this great tray! I had two vintage metal handles in my stash of hardware. I spray painted them gold, too—matching the metal on the casters.
I reassembled the cart parts and happily ended up with this!
However, my project didn’t end there…
I had rescued a pitiful metal cart, recycled hardware and upcycled pallet wood to create a portable tray.
Here’s a list of what I recycled to accessorize the little coffee cart:
I had a small gold frame that had an old print in it. I removed the print and painted the frame in Lamp Black by General Finishes. I added this cute little free printable by Rachel at My DIY Life:
Someone donated a pair of vintage wood mug trees to us. I took one, trimmed off the top so it would fit on this cart and painted it in black, to match the frame and cart. It’s perfect for holding 2 to 4 coffee mugs. I added coffee beans to one of the many mason jars in our inventory.
Last but not least, I found this tutorial by Kristy of I’ll Get You My Pretties; an easy ruffled coffee filter wreath project. This was the final accent piece for my coffee cart project and I was looking for SIMPLE. I recycled a piece of cardboard, cut out a round shape and glued on the folded coffee filters. I added a piece of jute webbing as a wreath holder.
We’ll have this cart for sale at our first appearance at The Cleveland Flea on April 11th. What’s included with the cart? The little framed print, mug tree, striped towel, mason jar with coffee beans and the coffee filter wreath.
April 11th suddenly feels like it’s right around the corner!