I have to admit that painting metal seemed quite intimidating to me! For some reason, I felt it would take a lot of steps and I would never be able to get a nice, smooth finish on a piece.
When this cutie-patootie cart came my way and I knew I needed to jump in and try it! I must say that I am very pleased with the result and I will be doing this again!
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This is what my cart looked like when I found her at a yard sale for $2:
Clearly, she had seen better days!
First I took her apart and gave her a thorough cleaning using warm, soapy water. Then I used steel wool to scrub the shelves so that the paint would stick.
I considered using primer, but decided to go without since this cart was technically a “test piece”. I wanted to find out what actually needed to be done in spite of the fact that the paint said no primer was needed. Being a bit of a skeptic, I tried it for myself and was pleasantly surprised to find that to be true!
I partnered with Dixie Belle Paint Company on this project and I am in love with the color I chose: Mermaid’s Tail!
It took three thin coats to cover the shelves to my liking. When it comes to painting I tend to do several thin coats, rather than one or two thick coats. I always feel like the finished piece looks better that way.
My biggest challenge with this cart was putting it back together! I was on my own and I must say that my heart rate was up high enough to be burning calories while I stumbled through the process.
That bit of honesty lets you in on the fact that I can be a bit impatient.
OK, a lot a bit impatient!
I managed to reassemble the cart just fine and that is what counts, right?
Now I just need to figure out what to do with her. A coffee bar? A craft stand in my office/work room?
She will fit in nicely in my small house!
If you love the look of this cart but do not want to make it yourself, check out these cuties I found on Amazon:
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