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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Making over our Kitchen Cart


When we first saw the kitchen in our new house I was hoping we would be able to add an island. After we went back to visit the house a few more times and took measurements I realized we really weren't going to be able to fit a real one. Shortly after we moved in we put this kind of random bookshelf type piece of furniture up against the wall in our kitchen. This was one of the pieces I had been hoping to get rid of once we had settled in. I purchased it for about $20 back for my first apartment post-college and gave it a quick coat of white paint. It made it with us to our first apartment after we got married and then came along to each of our first two homes. I never really liked the piece that much but it just kind of hung around. I kept things like my cook books on the shelves and it was fun decorating the top. It was a functional piece but I always thought it was a little blah looking. When we were painting the kitchen I moved it away from the wall into the center of the kitchen so we could paint the trim and realized that it actually fit nicely size-wise as kind of an island type kitchen cart. However, it was several inches too short and not that easy to move around. At first I started looking for a piece similar in size that had a more industrial feel to it but couldn't find anything reasonably priced except for an IKEA one that was okay, but I didn't love (although ironically I did end up getting it to try and that is what is in our kitchen right now as I am typing this which I will explain about in a minute).  Although I found a few pieces that had the look I was going for they were quite expensive so I decided to see if I could transform this piece seeing how it was the right length and depth.


The first thing I did was strip the paint off the top of the piece. I brushed all the gel on and then waited a few minutes for it to do it's magic.

For some reason I kind of like seeing how all the paint starts bubbling up like this. Once it was ready I just used a scraper and scraped it all off. It took two coats of the stripper but wasn't too difficult of a process. 


Once that was done I sanded the top down. You can see the difference from the left where I had already sanded and the right side that I had not started on yet.

Then I used this stain in the color "Provincial" and stained the top. I didn't seal it because we will just be using it as a storage piece and won't be doing any food prep on the island. We have plenty of counterspace for that. 

That after that I put a fresh coat of paint on it. I used Shenandoah Taupe because I had plenty of that leftover from a previous project from our old house. Then I added a little hook for dish towels and that was it for the main part.

The extra part was adding wheels to help give added height. I have no advice on how to put those on though. I had no idea what I was doing. I should have taken the time to look online for some kind of tutorial but I figured it couldn't be that hard. Well, it was a pain in the neck and honestly I tried a bunch of different things and although I did finally get them I have to say it was a mix of a bunch of random different things I tried. Next time I will take the time to do a little research first. =) The good news is they helped add a nice amount of height. 

It's hard to tell in this photo but the island is several shades darker than the cabinets and trim. I will be showing our full kitchen early next week and also will be doing a post on the things I've learned about painting cabinets and how we painted ours and what we used and all that good stuff.

It certainly is starting to look brighter in our home now! This is what that angle looked like when we moved in:




The cart lasted in the kitchen for several weeks. I had purchased the inexpensive metal IKEA one before I made this one over and was torn on whether I should still try and put it together and use it out on our porch. Seeing how we moved the farmhouse table that was out on the porch into the dining room we just have a small round table out there now and I thought it would be nice to have a place to kind of act as a serving piece out there to keep all the food on when we were eating at the small table during these summer evenings on the porch. I decided to go ahead and put the IKEA one together and when I did I ended up thinking it would still be fun to try it out in the kitchen. Although I like this one here I do think it made our kitchen a little more "country" looking than I was hoping. I tried the IKEA one and Jon liked it better so for now we are keeping that metal one in the kitchen (you can see that one in the photographs I will be sharing on Monday) and we moved this one to the dining room for now seeing how it's pretty bare in there. I've been on the hunt on Craigslist and in our thrift stores and antique shops here for a sideboard to fix up and once I do then we will either move this to the porch or move it back to the kitchen and move the metal one to the porch. It's been kind of a musical chairs game here except with dining room tables and kitchen carts. Pretty confusing, I know! But anyway, for now as I am typing this up the cart is temporarily in our dining room.


Well enough on that! I plan on being back next with a little makeover I did to the brass chandelier in our dining room. I hope you have a blessed rest of the week!



26 comments:

  1. What a transformation already! Love the beams. They add so much character to the space. Your kitchen cart is adorable too. You have such a great vision and eye for decorating!

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  2. Love what you did to the cart. I've pinned it .....also the whole house!

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  3. Beautiful, as always!! Amazingly talented!!

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  4. I think it made a very nice kitchen island. I found the perfect one for me on Craigslist last year. It is nice and narrow but...it made my galley kitchen just too snug. But I did love it in there but was always walking around it and pushing it out of the way. So now it's in the guest room as a TV console. But like you ...I keep thinking I might move it back. Cause I did love it.

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  5. I loved it as a kitchen island - but you must keep moving things about till it feels right for you both.

    Lovely job on the re-do on it, looks great wherever it ends up going!

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  6. It's perfect and boy y'all work fast. The kitchen looks great and I love your new light fixtures.

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  7. So gorgeous!! What a transformation!! Thanks for the great ideas!! ~Kelsey

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  8. Wow, I can't believe how much you have done!! and with the kiddos underfoot! Everything looks amazing. I can't wait to see the IKEA cart!

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  9. The before and after shots of your kitchen are stunning! Your house looks amazing, Jen! So peaceful and tranquil looking!
    Miss you!

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  10. I am loving the sneak peeks of your kitchen! Can't wait for the full reveal! I can totally relate to the musical "tables and chairs"! I moved out my old kitchen table a few weeks ago painted two others I had stashed in my garage, moved one of those into my house decided it was the wrong color and ended up re-painting my original table and moving it back in! The things we do to achieve the "right look"! I love what you have done so far!

    -Haley

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  11. Hi Jennifer! Thanks for sharing that cute makeover! Great job! Loving how you're putting your new place together. So fun! P.S. I emailed you about a month or so ago about those awesome tufted chairs of yours and guess what???? Found 'em at Marshall's last week! SCORE! Thanks again for sharing and inspiring! Have an amazing week!

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    1. Oh wow! That's great. I am so glad you found them! I hope you have a blessed rest of the weekend!

      Warmly,
      Jenni

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  12. I love how you updated a piece of furniture you never really liked and turned it into something fab, and useful! The kitchen looks so bright and airy now you've lightened it up...xv

    http://vickiarcher.com

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  13. I love it, and your kitchen looks gorgeous! - Carolina

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  14. So pretty! I can't believe how quickly you are pulling all of that together.

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  15. Beautiful kitchen. Good updated!! Congratultions! Evelyne-

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  16. The changes look wonderful! So light and welcoming now! I love how the little bit of wood (from the cart) stands out amid all the white in the kitchen, though it looks pretty as a sideboard too. Options, options... =)

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  17. Your kitchen is beautiful! You have done so much since you moved in! You're like the energizer bunny!

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  18. The kitchen is so much brighter and cheerier! The cart turned out really nice, wherever it ends up! You are amazing how you can put it all together to transform something dated and plain into something fantastic!

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  19. I really love everything that you've done so far, I'm amazed at how much you get done with two little kids! Thank you for having this blog and sharing your transformations I look forward to seeing it unfold and bloom with your creativity and flair.

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  20. I love your little island! I have been thinking of adding a small island to my kitchen too, yours turned out beautiful!

    Tania

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  21. I have a cart almost identical to yours. The entire thing is stained maple to match our cabinets. I like your painted look though. We ran into the same problem when we remodeled our kitchen...no room for an island. So I had our cart custom made. I asked for castors. I only have one shelf on the bottom. Mine folds flat for easy storage. But its currently not in the kitchen. LOL We removed it when we had a larger party and never returned it to the kitchen. Sometimes I miss it as it was handy for many things but when it was removed it opened up our kitchen space so much that we never put it back. Last month we used it on the porch as sort of a mini bar station. I imagine it will go back in the kitchen at some point. I, too, play musical chairs with my furniture...it goes from room to room. Kitchen looks great by the way...can't wait to see more!

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  22. I can tell that I am going to LOVE your kitchen! It looks so much more brighter (and happier;) than the before pictures, and those beams (swoon). As for the island, I managed to get one in my kitchen, it's a bit tight, but I love it nonetheless, and I love the color on yours...might have to paint mine now ;). Hope you have wonderful weekend, and that Lillie's week back at school went well.

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  23. I love your pendant light fixtures. Were they an antique find? Do you mind sharing where you bought them?

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    1. Thank you! They were a hand-me-down from my mom and I am not sure where they were from. =(

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