Update an old rolling cart with a simple paint job to turn it into a festive winter cocoa station, a New Year’s Eve bar, or an everyday craft station.
Rolling carts are so handy to have around the house. I’m Keri from One Mama’s Daily Drama, and I’m back again to share one of my favorite DIY projects from this year. I updated this old rolling cart and turned it into a gorgeous piece that I can use in any room of the house.
One of the great things about this DIY rolling cart is that you can use it in a lot of different ways. Load it up, unload it, and change out its job throughout the year. I painted mine a bright, cheery red to match my kitchen, where it lives most of the year, but since it’s on wheels, I can move it anywhere on a whim.
How to Make a DIY Rolling Cart
My rolling cart was a hand-me-down from my grandpa’s house that sat in our garage unused for years. You can pick up a new one at lots of home stores like Ikea and Target. You may also have some luck finding one at a thrift shop or yard sale.
What you need:
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- wrench or screwdriver to disassemble the cart
- all-purpose cleaner
- cleaning rags
- cardboard or a dropcloth to protect your workspace
- metal rolling cart
- spray paint (I used Rustoleum Painter’s Touch 2X Ultra Cover in Colonial Red)
1. Prep the rolling cart.
First, I used a wrench to unscrew the bolts at each joint. You may need a screwdriver or something different for yours. I left the wheels attached to the handles. Then I deep cleaned everything with all-purpose cleaner and wiped it dry.
2. Paint the shelves.
Lay out each shelf over cardboard. I usually put scrap wood or empty paint cans under my paint project so that they aren’t sitting flat on the ground. This makes it easy to paint the edges without moving it around too much. Let the paint dry completely.
3. Reassemble the cart.
Put the rolling cart back together, careful not to scratch the new paint. I left my handles as they were, but you could cover them in new vinyl, cord, or fabric.
Styling Your DIY Rolling Cart
There are really dozens of ways you can use a rolling cart around the house. Use it as a mobile workstation for your office, a rolling home cleaning kit, or a potting station for the garden. Here are three ways I love to use mine:
Winter hot cocoa station
Set up a hot cocoa station for your next winter gathering. Heat the cocoa in a slow cooker and stock your cart with plenty of mugs, marshmallows, candy canes, and stir sticks.
New Year’s Eve bar cart
Keep everything your party needs until midnight in one place. Include your favorite drinks and drink ingredients. Noisemakers are a fun addition, and of course, you’ll need a clock to count down the last minutes.
Check out this tutorial on how to style a bar cart for step by step instructions that anyone can follow.
Art and craft supply station
Load up all you or your kids’ favorite supplies for easy access. Stock your cart with plenty of pencils, markers, paper, paint, brushes, and other craft supplies. A few craft books make great inspiration for lazy day fun.
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