Thrifty Cart Makeover (Trash to Treasure)

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Good morning friends!

Whew! I’m exhausted but in such a good way! What a wonderful experience it was this past week partnering with GMC to furnish and decorate a Habitat for Humanity home for a deserving family.
It was a whirlwind of shopping, hotel hopping, painting in a conference room and racing to furnish the house on time! I can’t wait to share it all with you guys next week here on the blog. :)

Today, my trash to treasure friends and I are sharing our fun finds and makeovers with you.
I’m sharing an old cart turned industrial cart …. and now turned coastal cart. ;)
Yep, it’s a REmakeover. I am thrifty to the core! If something no longer works, I will usually try to see if I can give it yet another makeover to make it work for me. Most of the time I can. :)

Here it is “before”…..

Industrial Cart Makeover - BEFORE - $12 Thrift Store Find - artsychicksrule

I originally gave it a makeover with an “industrial” flair for a furniture painting group I was in.
It really didn’t suit my style so I put it in the garage thinking I’d use it in there.


I never did but also never got rid of it, thank goodness!
So, when redecorating my screened porch, I decided to pull it out and use it there.

And I turned it into this…..

Thrifty Cart Makeover (again!) - a RE makeover - artsychicksrule #furnituremakeovers #chalkpaintedfurniture

Sooooo much more my style. :)
And the perfect place to store extra things for the porch.

I just LOVE it!

Here’s how I did it…

Thrifty Cart Makeover (again!) - painting over first makeover - artsychicksrule #furnituremakeovers #chalkpaintedfurniture

I patched and filled the original hardware holes so I could use the pretty turquoise knobs I had from Hobby Lobby.
*I’ll share the affiliate links in the highlighted text below so you can find the products. See my disclosure here.

I then painted the cabinet with the *leftover paint I had from the DIY Beverage Station I made recently.
Followed by a quick spray of *sealer.

I decided to do a little “distressing” since my porch is coastal casual….beach worn….salt life. ;)

Thrifty Cart Makeover (again!) - distressed paint - artsychicksrule #furnituremakeovers #chalkpaintedfurniture

So it basically went from industrial to beach cottage rustic. :)

Love the new knobs…..

Thrifty Cart Makeover (again!) - aqua knobs - artsychicksrule #furnituremakeovers #chalkpaintedfurniture

Thrifty Cart Makeover (again!) - aqua knobs coastal style - artsychicksrule #furnituremakeovers #chalkpaintedfurniture

Similar knobs >>*here.

The top got a bit of makeover too…..

Thrifty Cart Makeover (again!) - removing previous finish - artsychicksrule #furnituremakeovers #chalkpaintedfurniture

I used some mineral spirits to remove some of the previous “whitewashed” paint and used a mix of *Java and *Walnut stains on top.
Followed by a coat of my favorite *sealer.

Thrifty Cart Makeover (again!) - stained top - artsychicksrule #furnituremakeovers #chalkpaintedfurniture

Since the cabinet was now going to be light, I really wanted the top to be dark.
I love contrast. :)

Thrifty Cart Makeover (again!) - makeover with Chalky Paint - artsychicksrule #furnituremakeovers #chalkpaintedfurniture

I love this in this space and so very glad I never got rid of the cart!

It’s hard to hold onto everything but it’s so nice when I hold onto something that I want to use later on.

Thrifty Cart Makeover (again!) - thrifty makeover - artsychicksrule #furnituremakeovers #chalkpaintedfurniture

It was a simple little makeover too, which I love!

Thrifty Cart Makeover (again!) - a RE makeover before and after- artsychicksrule #furnituremakeovers #chalkpaintedfurniture

Now let’s see what my trash to treasure friends are up to this month….

Trash to Treasure

  1. Bless’er House
  2. Prodigal Pieces
  3. Confessions of a Serial Do It Yourselfer
  4. Girl in the Garage

OH! We’d love to see YOUR trash to treasure transformations too! Share them over on Instagram using the hashtag #trashtotreasuretransformation and we’ll choose a winner for another awesome GIVEAWAY we are doing! :)
Thanks to the folks over at Shur-line, you’ll have a chance to win this:


Lots of great tools for your next makeover!

Be sure to follow your hosts :
Artsy Chicks Rule
Confessions of a Serial Do It Yourselfer
Girl in the Garage
Bless’er House
Prodigal Pieces

…over on Instagram to quality for the Giveaway. :)


Hope you have a great start to your week and I’ll see you back here on Thursday with my decorating friends.
We’ll be sharing projects you can do with 1 yard of fabric.

See you then! :)


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  1. I love that instead of just getting rid of it that you gave it a new look, Nancy. I love the fresh vibe it has and how it suits your decor. Great job!

  2. I remember that piece and its newest makeover is indeed much more your style. It’s great to have storage and a surface from which to serve on your porch.

  3. Haha, you know I totally remember the first time you painted this cart! ;) The new look totally suits your style more. I love the contrast of white with the dark top – and those fun turquoise pulls too. Awesome job, Nancy!!

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