Hi Friends. Today I thought I would show a before and after. :) A couple of months ago, my older son and I went to the Long Beach Antique Flea Market, where I spotted a circa 1980s bar cart. One too many old flicks influenced me long, long ago that I needed one of these "martini" carts in my life. In fact, I recall asking my husband when we were furnishing one of our first rental spaces if I could, in fact, have one....but as I recall, he felt the money was better spent elsewhere. ;) That was long ago. So when I spotted this little cart for mere dollars at the Flea Market, I scooped it up. Here it is in it's brassy (not real brass, actually!) 1980s glory:
I lived with it in our dining room for a while and could not decide whether or not I loved or hated it, even though the idea of this cart very much appealed to me. :)
So this past weekend, I decided to give it a little bit of new life.
First I spray painted it with some leftover spray paint, but it ended up looking too industrial for me. So for about $10 I picked up some pretty silver craft paint, and hand painted it free hand. I cleaned up the glass shelves really well and then just for fun styled it with things I had around the house (and to practice my photography a bit!).
Here it is all painted up and styled as a real bar cart (we barely drink so finding props for this one was a bit problematic!):
The photo below reminds me of one of the gray, sultry days of The Great Gatsby.
Next up, I styled it as a coffee cart. Much more my speed. :D
Finally, I did a little summer twist on the cart, just for fun:
Hydrangeas from my yard...
Right now it is simply storing some platters and a basket with silver napkin rings in my dining room. I also rearranged the art in the dining room and recovered my dining chairs with an upholstery fabric that I found for $2 a yard!!!! I will post those photos soon.
Thanks for visiting. Have you ever done a "trash to treasure" type of project? I would love to hear. :D