Re-purposed Tea Cart

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I was given an old warped tea cart that was in many pieces. The large wheels and push handle were not on it anymore and the sides and top were warped from being left out in the weather. The rest of the cart was in great condition and I just couldn’t let it go to the dump.

Here it is. Not a great pix,but can you see how warped that top is! Luckily the drawer, that you can’t see in this pix, (sorry) was in great shape.

This is a pix I found on the internet of a similar cart before the rain destroyed its top.

Look at that beautiful detail! I had visions of how to bring that out! Oh, and those small wheels also came off making it the perfect height for a side table.

Do you see how the laminate is coming off about side piece. Uuugghh!

The red circle indicate where those large wheels use to be originally . The arrow is pointing to a large gap that was left when the wheels were taken off. I needed to find something so it would become level.

So, a spindle to the rescue! I wanted to get sections from the spindle that were as ornate as the rest of the piece.

I use my chopsaw and cut them to size. Then used this stain to try and match the color of the original piece.

Here is a picture of how the spindle looked before it got stained.

I gave it a light sanding and a wipe down to get off the dust. Then I was ready for painting!

I gave it 2 light coats of a cottage white chalk paint. Then gave it a light sanding to bring out all the details in those beautiful legs!

I found this old cupboard door in our stash we have. The color was similar to the bottom so it got a quick sanding too.

Then, I painted it with the same color as the base. I did fill in the 2 holes left by the handle after this first coat. It then got a distressed sanding which brought out all of the lines.

I was able to attach it to the base using the same holes from the original top. That was a plus!

Here it is all together. I absolutely love it. The detail is really brought out by the distressing.

And of course I have to put my black and white placemat to bring out the farmhouse look even more. Every time I look at this I smile knowing I saved it from the dump!

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  • Tina Tina on May 07, 2022

    My mom has one that my dad got her when I was a kid, it's in mint condition.. They are useful when you can find them that way, you did a great job..

  • Im832600209 Im832600209 on May 07, 2022

    Wow, it doesn't even look like the same table. Great job!