Before & After: Rusty & Dusty Bar Cart Gets A Mod Makeover

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Angela over at Snag has a knack for thrifting that motivates the masses to keep searching for that diamond in the rough, even in the dingiest of thrift stores. She scored this Cosco bar cart for $3.99 — it was, in her words, "covered in rust, dust, and who knows what else." Lots of elbow grease and some steel wool prepped the cart for a mid-century modern finish that's sure to drop some jaws at Angela's next cocktail party.

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According to Angela, the key to refinishing any rusty item is to sand, sand, sand. Even with all that sanding, the entire refinishing project only took about two hours and cost $20. It's hard to believe that this sleek bar cart ever suffered from faux wood finish syndrome. I think it's safe to say I'll be taking a closer look at each rusty, dusty piece I spot on my next thrift outing.

Already have a junked up piece of metal just begging to be made-over? For a materials list, step-by-step instructions, and pictures of Angela's entire project, head on over to Snag.

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Lauren is an aspiring minimalist with a love for design, a former English teacher with a lingering crush on the Oxford comma, a health nut focused on conscious living, and momma to a spunky and spirited little girl oblivious to her role as muse.

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