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Vintage Tea Cart Redone

This is a sentimental piece purchased for me by my Mother from an estate sale for my BD this year. It is a duplicate of one my Grandmother had in her home. It was in rough shape; dirty, the handle was broken, it had a bit of mold & was stinky. Cleaned it with bleach & sprayed it with killz it as the primer coat. I started out using the Rustoleum Charcoal Grey Spray Chalk Paint and had to switch to the same paint but in brush on due to the heat. The spray chalk paint bubbled in the heat...oh mylanta what a hot mess it was. Note to self don't paint in humid 80+ degree weather again! I had to scrape off the bubbled areas and repaint the entire piece! Sigh...it was so worth it.

The brush on chalk paint naturally crackles in a few areas when you apply it in hot weather (which I like). I had a tough time with the matte clear brush on polyacrylic. It went on too thick and showed lines everywhere. I normally like a smoother finish, but in the end the lines gave it character and made it perfectly imperfect! I was very pressed for time so had to complete the project in one day, whew. So it was another happy accident in the making ;) so without further ado, here it is!
Time: 8 Hours Cost: $125 Difficulty: Medium
BEFORE: The handle was broken and it was dirty! Had to remove the wheels and soaked the rubber rings and the front wheels in a hot water bleach solution to get the dirt off.
IN PROGRESS: So glad the wheels came off easily, just two crews! Was over 80 degrees and the spray chalked bubbled (note to self, way too hot too paint). Had to scrape it off and switch to brush on.
IN PROGRESS: I used this brush on Rustoleum Chalked Charcoal Grey Piant & Matte Clear for the finish coat.
IN PROGRESS: Added onlays. Gives it a little more character & charm.
AFTER: Here is the back of the cart.
AFTER: Added my Mother's Italian vintage Silverware Holders, my 25th anniversary silverware, my vintage Bavarian Bone China.
AFTER: The back of the cart.
AFTER: My Mom gave me these vintage silverware holders that I painted white. My 25th wedding anniversary silverware. We used a larger screw to reattach the handle because the wood was stripped.
AFTER: My white & platinum vintage Bavarian Bone china is a perfect fit for this darling tea cart redone!
AFTER: Added this vintage silver tray that I refinished to pewter. It was a perfect fit! I loved the scalloped edges on this tray, the ornate handles and of course my favorite, that it's footed.
Added some gluten free lemon poppyseed biscotti in a vintage glass bowl--tea anyone?

Materials used for this project:

  • Chalked Paint   (Home Improvement Store)

To see more: http://theeleganthomestore.blogspot.com/2017/05/vintage-tea-cart-redone.html

  • Becky Partain
    Becky Partain Pahrump, NV
    on Jun 26, 2017

    GORGEOUS!!! What a beautiful transformation! You should be very proud. Thanks for sharing.

  • Alta Esterhuyse Marchant
    Alta Esterhuyse Marchant South Africa
    on Jun 26, 2017

    What an amazing transformation!! Fit for a palace!

  • Tracy Floer
    Tracy Floer
    on Jun 26, 2017

    love your place it is so gorgeous!!!tea wagon beautiful too!!

  • Theduke1234
    on Jun 26, 2017

    Your everything looks like a show piece.......it's beautiful, but with children I would be on pins and needles ALL the time......even with a waggin' tail dog. Sorta scares me. For you......it is obviously safe and sound. You don't need a bull in a China closet!! Enjoy!!

    • The Elegant Home
      The Elegant Home Eugene, OR
      on Jun 27, 2017

      Aww thanks!! lol We did just find out we are going to be Grandparents, lol! We may be moving and building a place so hopefully it will be a better layout and tea cart can get tucked into formal dining area! We have a tiny Yorkie with no tail...big dog would definitely not work for us ;)

  • Kelly Howard
    Kelly Howard Pensacola, FL
    on Jun 26, 2017

    Oh WOW! Your home AND tea cart are FABULOUS!

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