Before & After: Bar Cart Goes Black & Gold

published Apr 27, 2015
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(Image credit: Monica)

A vintage cart from a friend came with a challenge that Monica readily accepted: try to make it modern. See how she did after the jump!

(Image credit: Monica)

From Monica:

A good friend of mine passed along an old, brassy, rickety cart with the challenge to revamp it and modernize it. We immediately agreed it would make an awesome bar cart for my new Milwaukee apartment! Challenge accepted.

I started by removing the trays and setting them aside. I spent a nice day outside with gloves, a cloth and a can of Brasso. I scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed and did as much repolishing as I could possibly do. Setting the base aside, I took on the two heavy, removable trays.

I had to use pliers to remove the deep rooted metal siding. I sanded down each and every side and purchased a wood putty. I spent hours getting the wood putting deep into the quarter inch space where the metal siding used to root. Target’s new craft line had awesome reversible paper on their shelves for $5 a pack. I loved the black and gold textile design and used that for the rest of my inspiration! I used Mod Podge on each side of each tray, letting it dry before the next layer and using a piece of sand paper to give it a rustic look. This process took a few days!

In the mean time, I decided to spray the base a glossy black. I removed the wheels and hardware and sprayed them gold, just for fun. I spray painted the edges of the boards to cover up the wood putty and one last layer of Mod Podge sealed everything in!

I absolutely LOVE how inexpensive and fun this project was to complete! I didn’t spent more than $30 on supplies. The best part was finding black and gold accessories from the Antique store… Each cup and shot glass only cost me $50 cents! I love my new bar cart!!

Thank you Monica!