A rolling cart is a good way to add storage to your home without spending a lot of money. Over time, though, you may want to change the cart’s appearance to match your décor as you change and update it. When you’re ready for a new piece of furniture, consider these three ways to customize a DIY rolling cart.
Give it the Distressed Look
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You don’t have to spend a lot of money on antique furniture to make your kitchen more attractive. After you put your rolling cart together, you can give it the distressed look with little more that paint and some free time.
To make your rolling cart look distressed:
- Lightly sand the wood so it has a rough, uneven feel
- Add a layer of paint and give it about 24 hours to dry
- Mix a lighter shade of the paint with a little water to make a wash
- Use a foam brush to apply the wash
- Rub the surface with a paper towel to reveal some of the paint underneath
This is a simple process that you can use to make practically any wood furniture look like an antique.
Replace the Hardware
Replacing your rolling cart’s hardware is one of the easiest ways to change its look. In most cases, you can remove the existing casters, knobs, pulls, or hanging bars with nothing more than a screwdriver. Just remove the screws and save them for the new hardware if necessary.
Once you take the old hardware off, you can replace it with decorative options that immediately change the cart’s aesthetic. You may want to try antique or artistic designs to add new character to your cart.
There’s no reason to stop there, though. You can also add hooks that will make your rolling cart more useful. Attach them to the inside or outside to expand your kitchen storage space and make the car even more attractive.
Add a Chalkboard Top
Adding a chalkboard top to your rolling cart not only breathes new life into your furniture but also makes it possible for you to jot notes and recipes in an out-of-the-way place. You can even use the chalkboard to identify different drinks and ingredients for cocktail party guests.
Making a chalkboard top might sound like a difficult project. In reality, though, it’s a lot easier than you probably think. You don’t even need to cut chalkboard to match your cart’s size. Instead, you just make your own chalkboard paint and apply it to the cart’s top.
To make chalkboard paint, just mix one cup of latex paint with a tablespoon of unsanded grout . You can use any color you want. Paint your cart’s top and let it sit for at least 24 hours while it dries. After that, you have a unique rolling cart that you won’t find in any store.
Whether you recently bought a rolling cart or you have had one for years, these DIY projects give you plenty of ways to customize your cart’s usefulness and aesthetic.
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