Bath Cart Refresh (simple way to make old, new!)

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Tired old home decor? Or maybe you are just tired of it?? Give it a brand new look with a little refreshing just as I did with our bath cart!

Freshen up your old decor with a little paint for a brand new look! This bath cart got a weathered wood finish, simply!

Hello beautiful friends! Today I thought I’d share another “old home decor” -ish makeover.
It’s a good thing I love giving my old stuff makeovers to freshen them up because it sure is the cheap way to get a new look! ;)

I gave our guest bath a makeover (another makeover, lol, here’s >>> the first…well, actually that is the second, you’ll see) a couple of years ago.
You can see the latest one >>> here. It was done with a “coastal farmhouse” look in mind.

I’ve since moved more away from the farmhouse look and going more pale, neutral, coastal in my decor.
So I wanted to lighten things up in there.

I loved this little cart the way it looked before. But it was just so dark and didn’t really go with the feel of the bathroom and my decor.
I’m also wanting to lighten and brighten the laundry room t00. I haven’t had a chance to get to in there just yet but it’s next.

Bath Cart Refresh

Here’s how it started…

Freshen up your old decor with a little paint for a brand new look! This bath cart got a weathered wood finish, simply!

It originally came from TJ Maxx. I loved it but that black metal and dark walnut shelves really needed to lighten up.

So I took the wood shelves out, taped up the wheels and sprayed the metal in a lighter bronze color.

Freshen up your old decor with a little paint for a brand new look! This bath cart got a weathered wood finish, simply!

Freshen up your old decor with a little paint for a brand new look! This bath cart got a weathered wood finish, simply!

So pretty and so much lighter and softer.

MATERIALS LIST

 

(Want to see even more of my favorite furniture makeover supplies??? Take a look in my very own curated shop, here!)

For the weathered wood look on the shelves I used Coco Chalk Paint but I linked a couple of other ones in the “materials list” above that will work just the same.

Freshen up your old decor with a little paint for a brand new look! This bath cart got a weathered wood finish, simply!

I love using a chip brush for this technique. It just works so well.
I dipped the edges of the bristles in the paint and just did a bit of dry brushing over the dark walnut.

Not familiar with dry brushing?? You can find out how to do it here >>> How To Dry Brush (video tutorial too) 

You want some of that walnut (dark color) peeking through so be sure not to cover it up completely.

Once that is dry, go back over it with the same exact technique with the white paint.

Freshen up your old decor with a little paint for a brand new look! This bath cart got a weathered wood finish, simply!

Just keep adding the paint until you have the look you want.
I finished up by using this matte sealer to seal it. (so quick and easy since it’s a spray)
Love creating this finish.

Up close…

Freshen up your old decor with a little paint for a brand new look! This bath cart got a weathered wood finish, simply!

So again, it went from this …

Freshen up your old decor with a little paint for a brand new look! This bath cart got a weathered wood finish, simply!

To this…

Freshen up your old decor with a little paint for a brand new look! This bath cart got a weathered wood finish, simply!

What a difference, right??
So much softer and more “coastal-like”.

Want to see some of these projects in “live” time? Hop on over and follow along with me on INSTAGRAM. I’m always sharing in my stories as I’m doing projects, finding new furniture, fun finds….just all the day to day behind the scenes. 

Freshen up your old decor with a little paint for a brand new look! This bath cart got a weathered wood finish, simply!

Freshen up your old decor with a little paint for a brand new look! This bath cart got a weathered wood finish, simply!

I sprayed our old brown wastebasket too.  But only one very light coat so the dark still shows through.

I always tell y’all, nothing is safe from paint, from me, around here!! haha

How it was before…

Freshen up your old decor with a little paint for a brand new look! This bath cart got a weathered wood finish, simply!

I’m so loving the new look (and the new floor in here! …which you can read all about >>> here)

Freshen up your old decor with a little paint for a brand new look! This bath cart got a weathered wood finish, simply!

I did end up putting my >>> green berry wreath in here too over our old, antique window.

Freshen up your old decor with a little paint for a brand new look! This bath cart got a weathered wood finish, simply!

Want the details on the painted bath sink cabinet?? You can find it >>> here.

I love how fresh everything looks now.

Freshen up your old decor with a little paint for a brand new look! This bath cart got a weathered wood finish, simply!

It’s amazing what a little paint can do!

Freshen up your old decor with a little paint for a brand new look! This bath cart got a weathered wood finish, simply!

My “little” girl and her uncle many years ago.

Freshen up your old decor with a little paint for a brand new look! This bath cart got a weathered wood finish, simply!

And speaking of nothing being safe from paint, you might’ve noticed I also painted this frame white too. It got a quick spray of white spray paint.
I just lightly sanded to bring some of the brown back through for a softer look.

Freshen up your old decor with a little paint for a brand new look! This bath cart got a weathered wood finish, simply!

Freshen up your old decor with a little paint for a brand new look! This bath cart got a weathered wood finish, simply!

This bathroom is a really small guest bath so it’s hard to get good shots…and not many different ones at that! ;)

Freshen up your old decor with a little paint for a brand new look! This bath cart got a weathered wood finish, simply!

But let me tell you guys, if you are bored with the look of something you have in your home, furniture, small decor, whatever, grab the paint and give it a new look!
This is just another example of how I freshened up my bathroom (namely, the bath cart) with some spray paint and a few strokes of paint with a brush.
SO easy. So, so easy!

To recap, I painted the wastebasket, the frame, and the bath cart. All of those took me no time at all.

But it really gave it a fresh new look.

Freshen up your old decor with a little paint for a brand new look! This bath cart got a weathered wood finish, simply!

PIN it to save it!

Freshen up your old decor with a little paint for a brand new look! This bath cart got a weathered wood finish, simply!

Check back later this week when I share this old thrifty makeover!

EDITED TO ADD!! See it now, here!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

xoxo

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25 Comments

  1. Nancy, the new cart is lovely! I like the new finish on the frame and the boards look great. wonderful makeover!

  2. Love that driftwood technique, Nancy! You’ve inspired me to try it on a beat-up table. We’ll see how it goes….

  3. Hi Nancy! Don’t you just love updating or repainting something of your own and you just feel proud of it! You should be. I love it! I also love your sink vanity. did you paint that? Thank you for the idea to just make something old new again.

    1. Hi Cheryl! Yes, I absolutely do! I think it might be my favorite thing! Thank you! And yes, I did paint the sink cabinet too. (I paint it all! lol) There’s a link about 3/4 the way down the post to it…but here it is too if you want to go check it out now. :) >> bath cabinet makeover
      Hope you have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

  4. Your makeovers are so smart and you give such good detailed instructions. I like the way you weathered the wood and you make it look so easy!! I dont know how you keep up with everything and take care of your family too. You are amazing! Have a wonderful Mother’s Day! XOXO

    1. Aw, thank you so much, Cecilia! And I tell you what, it looks easy because it truly is! :) It’s like a whirlwind of crazy around here most days! But I guess I wouldn’t have it any other way…for now! ;) Thank you, sweet friend and the same to you! xoxo

  5. Crap I had one of these and got rid of it. This is so cute. I wish I had kept it now! LOL! Love all the coastal re-do’s. You inspire me!

    1. On no!! I have been there though! And probably why I hold onto everything now!! lol And thank you for that, I am so happy you are inspired by the projects I share!! Have a wonderful weekend, Donna! xoxo

  6. Hi Nancy, That is magical! Taking a dark finish and absolutely transforming it. I also watched your video on dry brushing, which is very helpful. Thank you! The chip brush is very clever. I suppose you make it, by giving a normal brush~ a bad haircut?
    Anyway, thank you for your magic wand tip🤗

  7. Nancy, I still love this makeover! :) It really adds a lighter feel and charm. This was a great reminder of one of your wonderful transformations!
    Have a great weekend yourself!!

    1. Aw, thanks, Christina! Yes, definitely lighter feel, for sure. Hope you are having a wonderful start to your week! xoxo

  8. I love this makeover! I can’t get the first link for the “Coco Chalk paint” to work though. What brand/color?
    Thanks!

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