Vintage Bar Cart Revamp

I’ve been wanting a vintage bar cart to have in the shop studio (i.e. our basement) for quite a while. Then I stumbled across the perfect one at an estate sale! I know, it doesn’t look so good here, but I knew with a little work and $10 spent at the hardware store, it would be great…

The first step was to do some sanding. A LOT of sanding. First, I took the whole thing apart with my trusty screwdriver and pliers. I worked with a belt sander to get the big chunks of rust and chipped paint flat, then worked with some really fine sandpaper to get in the corners and edges, and make each of the trays super smooth.

Next was priming and painting. I chose to use this spray enamel from Rust-Oleum to make it extra tough and give it a great shine. Plus I loved the royal blue color! I made sure to tape up the handles on the top tray well, so they would still be chrome.

Did you know that you can clean rust from chrome really well with just a piece of aluminum foil? This was my first time trying it, and I was amazed how well it cleaned! Just crumple it up a little and dip the foil in water, then scrub away. Wipe it off with a clean cloth and be seriously shocked at the before and after like I was above.

It took a few days between all the coats (1 of primer, 2 of enamel) on top and bottom, but at the end of the week I was totally finished and in love with the cart. I use it now to keep all the projects I am currently working on, so I have a clear(er) work table, but still have everything right there waiting for me when I get a chance to craft.