A lot of friends liked the – extreme – makeover of the kitchen cart that I used as incentive so my mom lets me turn her kitchen from green to a super happy yellow so, here’s the scoop on a super frugal and pretty easy diy that gave new life to a very neglected kitchen cart.
First of all, you (really!) have to see the extremely rundown, bad, broken, awful, before:
It was pretty beaten, shelves falling, drawers that gave way from the weight, super cluttered and in a quite sad state as you can see. It was so bad that mom insisted to throw it away but, I quickly updated it – and guess what? She changed her mind about throwing the cart away. 😉
Because the little rundown cart, turned into – insert epic music – THIS:
Tools & supplies used:
a hammer & a screwdriver
glue & sandpaper & minimal amount of paint
chlorine and synthetic scrub brush
4 wheels (with brakes) clearance find
All the Fun:
I worked on the drawers and I secured the bottoms with wood glue and nails. It doesn’t show in the photo but I put the nails in a cross diagonal pattern (one leaning to left, one leaning to right, and so on) and not straight down.
Once they were sturdy again – and with their pulls removed, I gently sanded the fronts, used a primer for wood and painted two coats of the yellow I used for our spicy yellow kitchen cabinets.
While the drawers were drying, I tried securing the detached top to the frame. Adding construction silicon adhesive, did not work – at all. When I went to turn the cart upright, it just slid and got unglued (you can see how the base is not aligned with the top).
I couldn’t nail it because it had all the tile on top and the plywood is so thin, that nails would go through and would cause more damage than stability.
Plan B to the rescue, I cleaned the messy glue, added wood glue instead and told mom not to lift the cart from the top. Since the cart is sporting nice new wheels now (scored at clearance price – about 4 US dollars total), it doesn’t even make sense to weight-lift and carry the cart.
Oh, and I used some serious weight to keep the two pieces together until the glue dried:
The last thing that had to be done, was to clear the grout on the top and make it ultra white once again. That was by far the easiest and fastest part, the grout was already white (mom is a close friend with chlorine). The one extra step was to use a synthetic brush in addition to chlorine because, the grout is porous and it needs something with bristles to go into all the minuscule pores and give a super bright result. A synthetic (read: plastic) scrub brush is perfect for that.
Much brighter now, I secured all the flopping drawers and shelves and gave it a test run before I threw a kitchen towel and a flower pot and called it “styled”.
It turned quite alright:
Pretty, pretty, pretty!
Oh and the fruit bowl? It kept changing constantly as mom preferred to grab fruits from there instead of the larger baskets we had overflowing with the exact same fruit I was trying to style. I think, the little kitchen cart looked much more inviting after its makeover. 🙂
ps. Speaking of kitchens you must-must-must see, this amazing kitchen renovation of whosideawasittobuythishouse (by the way, isn’t that a great blog name?)