DIY Storage From Thrifted Finds
Posted By
Larissa Haynes
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Materials Needed: 
  • HomeRight Large Spray Shelter
  • Thrifted cart or similar
  • Spray paint
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Sander

Project Steps


Storage is something we all long for, but sometimes we lack it for obvious reasons. Maybe you have little closet space or lack of square footage period, can add storage in places by getting creative. This worn out, vintage Cosco serving cart caught my eye and I'm going to show you how it can make a BIG difference in a small way.

Step 1

I've said it before and I'll say it again, it doesn't take much money to make your house your home. Thrift stores, garage sales, estate sales, and even the curb offer much #trashure (one man's trash is another one's treasure). All we need to have is a DIY spirit. This vintage serving cart had much wear with rust, dents, flaking paint, and overall dirt. To get started, begin by removing all of the contact paper and wiping it down with rubbing alcohol to remove the adhesive residue. Then, give it a good cleaning with steel wool. That allows you to remove the rust and flaking paint. Disassemble the cart to make the rest of the process go faster.

Step 2

Once the trays have dried, use your orbital sander and 120 grit sandpaper to get the original finish to lay as flat as possible. You're aiming to remove any pits and divets in the paint for a fresh, workable surface. After sanding, rinse again and wipe down to air dry.

Step 3

Next, it's time to bring out one of my favorite tools, the HomeRight Large Spray Shelter. This thing is amazing because it stores in a small bag, but when it comes out, it's HUGE!

Step 4

The spray shelter is super easy to set up and offers plenty of space to spray all 3 shelves of the cart at the same time. You may need to set up saw horses and a temporary table with each of the cart trays resting on some scrap wood. That will allows you access to the sides and prevent them from sticking to the surface below.

Step 5

Now it's time for the fun part...paint! I chose to use a color called Vintage Teal to freshen the cart up, but you can use any color you want. To get a nice, even coat, begin by spraying before you hit your project and continue until you're off the project. This helps prevent those start and stop build-ups we can get while spraying. It's also important to hold your can about 12" away from you work to insure an even coat. Let your first coat cure for at least 30 minutes, and then apply a second coat. Depending on your project you may need extra coats, but typically this spray paint does a fabulous job with two. Let your final coat cure for at least two hours.

Step 6

Once your paint layers have cured, it's time to reassemble. During my cure time I created a dust ruffle for the bottom shelf. This is completely optional, but adds a nice spot to hide the things we'd rather not be seen. We all have those, right? I used this tutorial here with adaptations to my liking, but feel free to skip that step if you like an open looking cart. And you're done!

Step 7

Notice, I even added a few sectioned baskets I also found at the thrift store that work wonders for corralling our wares and make it easy to bring them out for use. You really can create your home story for less and get the storage solutions you are after. This cart is perfect for the kitchen, laundry, bathroom, and even in the bedroom as a nightstand. All you have to do is have a willing DIY spirit to take on this kind of fun. Don't feel you are limited to a cart, you can redo small wall shelves, bookcases, etc. I hope you've enjoyed this simple project and that you'll come pay me a visit at my blog, Prodigal Pieces. Say "Hi!" when you do!

DIY vintage storage cart

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