Sometimes the simplest projects are my favorites, especially when they provide dramatic results. I’m such a wimp when it comes to sanding; I just don’t want to put in the time to do it, and I know I end up passing on a lot of potentially great pieces because of it. It’s nice to see a project every once in a while that proves what an incredible transformation can be achieved on a piece with good bones if you just take the time and effort to sand, sand, sand away the rust and grime. Monica scored this bar cart for $30 at a yard sale, and after some elbow grease and a little spray painting, she finally has the gorgeous, minimalist bar cart she’d long been searching for. Nice job, Monica! — Kate
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Cost: about $50 (garage sale cart $30, spray paint and sandpaper $20)
Basic Steps: Like any shabby chic project, the key here is to find an old piece with good bones. The garden cart I picked at a garage sale was full of dirt and rust but not corroded. If you can take the piece apart to reach every surface with the sand paper, I would advise to do so. The better the sanding job the faster the spray paint job and the nicer the finish. Thus it was the sanding that took most of my time and led me to sand one day and leave the painting for the next, but it can be done all in one day if using spray paint. As for the paint scheme, I kept the palette simple and clean. I re-painted the trays white and added gold only on the frame for some metallic accent. — Monica