Monday, August 29, 2011

Tea cart explosion

So, I found this cool brassy cart at Goodwill for $3 about a month ago.  I had to get it because I've always wanted a little cart to put booze and stuff on for parties.  Booze accessories get me every time. 
I decided to spray it with the same shade I used on my hott lamps in the porch.  I like!
I know, a spray painting post is hardly groundbreaking.  And although it does look really nice....
I thought it would be funny to instead tell you how I decided to hoard tea carts.  I saw one this on CL about a week after I bought the metal one, and made it mine.
After a quick once-over with Howard Restor-A-Finish and Feed-N-Wax, I was able to get it all stocked for a party we were having THAT DAY.
I know it would look amazing painted, with the bamboo-like styling, but I don't think I could paint it.  I intend to give it more "Howard love" to see what it can look like when I really put some effort into it.  What would you do? 

27 comments:

Barb said...

I thinkI would paint it to make it pop. Right now...in my opinion it is just ho-hum. Spruce it up. It could be fabulous!

Brand New and Beautiful said...

I have that same little metal cart! Great score; I think I paid $15 for mine.

Jen @ RamblingRenovators said...

Cute red cart! As for the wood one, I like the wood but your booze seems to get lost in the dark colour. I would paint just the top and the caning in white and polish up the brass corners and handles.

EJ @ Not A House, But A Home said...

I agree with Jen - the caning would look great in white and once the brass is polished up it'll look even better!

Deb said...

I kinda like the wood :) I'm a spray painting fool but every now and then I come across a piece that I just can't bear to paint. I think it looks very "Mad Men" as is :)

Kerry said...

I would have to say stick with the wood. You're using it as a bar cart and the wood is nice and masculine. Perfect for it!

accordingtoboyle said...

OMG! I LOVE it! I can't decide whether I'd prefer it painted or left as is so I'm glad this isn't my problem (but it's a good problem to have)! Of course, my first thought was "Paint it white!" It would really pop against the brick (if that's it's permanent home) but it would look so cool as is against any of the wall colors in your home. So what I'm trying to say is...good luck deciding. ;)

-Emily

Kirsti @ Living in Lovely LaLaLand said...

My vote: leave it wood but brighten up the brass a bit with some polish--so it's cleaner looking but not too brassy.
Love both pieces!

Lynett said...

Love both of them, but that second one is amazing! Don't paint it, the original wood is sooo pretty!

Comeca Jones said...

I want one too!! Seems the carts are in great demand. Yours is cute!

Kim said...

Ok, I've decided I need a bar cart in my life! The red is AMAZING! Love it!!!

Lisa said...

I am a sucker for painted bamboo, but the wood looks lovely all polished up.

Morgan said...

Would love to hear your thoughts on Resor-A-Finish! Di you apply it with a rag, sponge or brush? I'm considering using it on a new credenza.

Anonymous said...

Here's a nice compromise from the Style North: Real Canadians Decorating blog
http://www.stylenorth.ca/blog/2011/08/accentuate-the-positive/

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

I really like both carts - especially the second one. I never realized how much I was missing not having a bar cart! I guess I have another thing to look for on craigslist :)

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

Why can't I ever find cool things like this at Goodwill? Or maybe I just don't have the eye for them...

Anyway, tough decision. The original wood is nice; sometimes it's okay to NOT paint things, as tempting as it can be! But who am I kidding, I'd probably paint it if it were mine. Makes for a more dramatic before & after. ;)

Elisa @ What the Vita said...

I can't even find a decent bar cart and you find two? Life isn't fair.. :) Love both carts. The wooden one is beautiful. Of course, I would paint it white, but that's just me, an evil wood-painting fool. But it does look beautiful in wood. Maybe some buff n rub in gold on the hardware and it'll look as good as new?

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

I love both these carts. I've actually been looking for something similar to the wooden cart for the dining room to no avail.

I really like the wood tones. Which is surprising to me because usually I want to paint anything that doesn't move.

Freckles Chick said...

I LOVE booze! I also LOVE the new snappy red!

I wholeheartedly support that you gave the wood some TLC & opted to not paint the bamboo cart. The wood tones are beautiful.

Holyoke Home said...

paint. it. turquoise.

you know you want to!

Mary @ stylefyles said...

before you paint, see what a hardware revamp will do. you could also add a smaller, colorful tray on top of the cart (like a tv tray or something)

Kelby said...

I absolutely love Vintage Revivals spray painting tutorials. I think following this one would be amazing on this little cart! http://vintagerevivals.blogspot.com/2010/09/crappy-crappy-credenza.html

Looking forward to hearing what you end up doing to it!

Jean said...

I would give it to your ninja friend Jean.

kelly@tearinguphouses said...

i agree with you! i think it could look great painted, but i couldn't bear to. something about the wood is so classic.

and i love the wheels.

Barb said...

New post...Please! Soooooonnnnnnn!

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

If there is anything to hoard I would say Tea carts or in this case booze carts are perfect!!! LOVE!

misss_e said...

These look great!