Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Beverage Cart Pinterest Challenge!

On my last post, I picked three contenders to try to link up to the Pinterest Challenge.  I picked the one that  1)took the least amount of time and that  2)I already had the items needed on hand.  Sounds lazy, I know, but I am planning my daughter's 7th birthday party this weekend here at my house and have many other things going on, so I needed it to be that way to make the Tuesday deadline!   However, I do plan on painting my pottery and stenciling my dining room wall (see last post for those inspirations).  I already bought my stencil and paint and got the wall prepped!  From tutorials I have read on this project, I know it's a loooong process so I didn't try to break my neck (and hand) doing this one yet.  However, this month of July is sacred for me being a teacher because the month of August will be busy for me getting my classroom ready!  I still plan on doing projects and as many posts as I can in August but stenciling a wall probably won't be on the schedule.  So my goal is to do that this month, cross your fingers for me on that.

Anyway...back to my original topic...I chose to do the beverage cart as my Pinterest Challenge.  Here was the inspiration picture that I chose from Pinterest:

Remember, my metal cart came from my parents' basement laundry room and was holding their detergents and supplies.  I know we had this cart in our laundry room even as I was growing up, so it's been around the block.

Here is what the cart looked like when I took it from my parents' house.  This is after I swept major cobwebs and nastiness off of it just to put it in my car.  It had major rust on the bottom shelf.

All projects seem to go more smoothly when you have a cute 7 year-old helper in her PJ's, don't you think?

I ended up taking the cart apart so that I didn't have to tape or try to cover the chrome handles and sides.  I want this cart to primarily go on our enclosed back porch (see recent post on that project here)
and I wanted it a fun, punchy color, so I decided to go with this bold red.

I love that the cart is on wheels.  I plan on using it to put drinks on when we have company, plants on when we don't , and everything in between.  I have never had a cart before, so who knows?  Eventually it may turn into a mobile office.  :)

Here it is painted and put back together:

And for right now, I decided to embrace the season and make it a fun cart to go on the porch.

 I plan to use it this weekend to hold all kinds of fun for Riley's birthday party.  I can't wait to post some pictures of that soon.  I have never hosted a kids birthday party at my house before, so we'll see.

Be sure to stop back soon to see my painted pottery, stenciled wall, and birthday shenanigans.

Also, make sure you check out not only my Pinterest Challenge beverage cart, but the tons of other inspirations here.

Linking up to:
NOT Just a Housewife- Show Me What Ya Got
Centsational Girl-Pinterest Challenge
Young House Love-Pinterest Challenge
Ten June-Pinterest Challenge
Shabby Nest-Frugal Friday
French Country Cottage-Feathered Nest Friday
It's A Hodgepodge Life-It's a Hodgepodge Friday
I Love Pretty Little Things--Friday Pretties
Romantic Home--Show and Tell Friday
Sassy Sites--Feature YOU Friday
Savvy Southern Style-Wow Us Wednesdays
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  1. I was so hoping you would do the cart. I love it!!! That red is just fabulous... and your helper is adorable!

  2. Thanks for the comment! I smile when I look at it so you know that is a good sign. :)

  3. That cart is fabulous! I just love it and the color you chose is great! It's perfect for your porch. Awesome job!

    Lori : )
    Thrifty Decor Mom

  4. Wow! It looks great! You would never know how rusty it was before. Love the red colour you chose.

  5. Just came over from CG's Pinterest post and wanted to tell you I love how your beverage cart turned out! I actually have the same one (also belonged to my parents). It is currently still in its disassembled state after I painted the shelves robin's egg blue several weeks ago. You've now given me the incentive to put it back together and put it to use for the rest of the summer!

  6. Yeah! Do it! It's amazing that the smallest little thing can make us happy. I had my eye on that cart for months at their house and knew it could take on a different ilfe! Make sure you send me a picture when you are done with yours!

  7. i LOVE this cart!! Fantastic :)

  8. Just wanted to stop by and tell you I love, love your blog! Your projects are so pretty and creative! I am passing on to you the Versatile blogger award!
    Stop by my blog at http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com/ so you can check out all the information. Congratulations!

  9. LOVE!!! My mom has one of those carts I may have to "borrow"!

  10. I love to repurpose things, and you have done that beautifully with this red cart. I am so inspired by you and yours ideas. Can't wait to see your next project!

  11. Hey, I found you at Fox Hollow's Newbie Pick! Love your cart makeover, I will be looking for one of those!! and those cookies look great too!

  12. Shannon sent me over. Love your cart makeover. I am your newest follower- xo Diana

  13. Great makeover - that red is gorgeous! xx

    Anna (My Design Ethos)

  14. LURVE IT!!! I have been looking for a cart like this to put on our back porch for all our grilling supplies. Maybe one will pop up soon...

  15. Wow! What a transformation. I love the color. I'm hosting a linky party "One Creative Weekend" at OneCreativeMommy.com. I'd love for you to visit and link up this idea and/or anything else you'd like to share.

  16. Memories. I had a cart that looked almost identical to this one........waaaay back in the 70's. It had an outlet screwed to one leg with 3 plugs.....and that outlet plugged into the wall. I think it was an appliance cart. At least that's where I had my toaster and can opener sitting. Yours turned out tooo cute.

  17. I’m so glad you linked this up at One Creative Weekend! I love it!

  18. It looks great and Riley looks like she had fun!!


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