Friday, August 6, 2010

Utility cart makeover!

This recently found utility cart needed a little makeover. I loved the size (coffee table height), the greyish-blue color and the wheel factor, but I thought the top could use some excitement.

After digging around the garage, I found an old map I picked up last year. It was ideal for this mini-makeover, as the color of the map looked to be a good match to the cart.

Out came the trusty Mod Podge...
After measuring, cutting and adhering the map (I always use my hairdryer and fingers to push out those bubbles - works great every time), a couple coats of poly were added to the top for protection. This is probably as close to Central Europe as I'll ever get! Look, there's Italy! Here she is finished! (Have you noticed all my finished products are named in the female sense of the word?) :)

Hope you enjoyed this quick, easy makeover. She (ha!) will be available for purchase at JunkFest 2010. Make sure you check out our info for more details on this year's sale as well as our EVENING EXPO! We're excited to have you join us!

I'm linking up to two of my favorite sites:
Donna over at Funky Junk Interior's Saturday Nite Special
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Becky over at Beyond the Picket Fence
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  1. The map is a cool idea! And even cooler cart! I'd have a hard time parting with this little metal thing. :)


  2. How those old carts! Great job!
    Tammy :-)

  3. I really like the looks of this old utility cart. Jazzing it up with the map was the perfect touch. Found your blog thru Funky Junk Interior's SNS. :) Well done! Pam @ Sallygoodin

  4. I love the addition of the map to your neat cart! What a transformation! I am addicted to Mod Podge, and I will have to try your blow dryer trick, never heard of that one! thanks for the info! Saw you over at Funky Junk

  5. Love your cool cart Andrea! Somebody's gonna scoop that right up :) Laurel

  6. ooh...i purchased one of these carts at a garage sale this spring...what an awesome idea! i will be figuring out what i have lying around that i can use to mod podge to my cart!
    judi ;)

  7. Love your cart. I can't stay away from maps, I'm crazy about their colors, so this would fit perfect into my house! Thanks for sharing.

  8. I am so copying this idea, LOVE it!! Hope all you gals are doing well!! Hugs, Janna

  9. Andrea,
    That looks amazing! Super job!
    smiles, alice
    ps wish we were closer!

  10. What a cute idea! Love that you reused an old cart. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Great makeover! I am looking for two industrial carts just like that to use as end tables in my family room! I think it's going to be a long search!! :-)

  12. I love it! I love the cart. Reminds me of my old elementary school. Great job!

  13. Love the map idea. I too just picked up and spruced up an old cart. I HAVE to get me some of that MOD PODGE.

  14. Very cool!I've never mod podged anything~but this really makes me want to!

  15. Well take a gander at Miss World 2010...she's a beauty. Amazing what imagination and a little modge podge can do!

  16. Love this--I have been wanting to decoupage maps somewhere--this is a great idea. I also am in love with the etched glasses!

  17. I was looking at Donnas site for ideas on how to use wood from pallets as flooring and came across your link- I have a very similar cart I love and was debating whether i should paint it or leave it as it was after it was sandblasted (loved the chipped paint but not the oil stains! I bought it at an action where it had been used in an auto shop). Anyway- I love old maps and have tons of them- your idea is fabulous!!!!! I'm going to do that today- love it!! very cool. thanks!!


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