In this past year online sales increased significantly and the world of online auctions was no exception.  I follow a local auction business specializing in online auctions. Much to my husband’s dismay, I starting following quite a few online shopping sites this past year… but more on that later!

Tea Cart Before

A while back I spied a retro tea cart on auction, but like most of you, I didn’t really have a use for a tea cart to actually serve tea. But, I loved the style of this cart so I bid and got it for about $20.  I immediately knew exactly how I could put it to use in our home.

My husband and I like to host family gatherings and entertain friends so I’m always trying to figure out a way to congregate our guests in a room other than in the middle of our kitchen.  A perfect plan for this cart to help solve the dilemma came to mind. 

I would repurpose it into a bar/beverage cart.  Since it is on wheels, we could use it as decorative furniture in our living room and then roll it wherever we want people to congregate when we host a gathering – using it as a snack and beverage area, freeing kitchen counter space. 

I’ve always loved wooden pieces painted in whimsical fun colors with a festive design, so I got out the acrylic paints and the inspiration began! 

Let the wood shapes inspire your painting

Some might suggest you sand and remove the dark stain from the cart before adding on new paint, but for a more rustic feel, I just used some soap, water, and good old fashioned elbow grease to give it a good cleaning. 

Once it was dry, I began painting!  Don’t worry if you try something and you don’t like it.  It’s just paint!  If you do it quickly enough, you can wipe off the paint with a wet cloth, or you can always paint over it.  I work in small areas at a time so if I don’t like it, I don’t have much to paint over. 

I am not really an artist, but the different shapes and designs in the wood gave me the perfect way to incorporate varied colors in a design that was already resident in the piece.  No art or drawing skills required! 

So, next time you’re out and about and you find an old piece of furniture or a décor piece you like but don’t love the color or you just want to spruce it up, get out your paints and be creative! 


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