Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Utility Cart Makeover - Cost $0

~repurposed utility cart using only stuff I found in our garage~

You know you have one of these in your garage. Everyone does. The old, cheap (maybe you bought it from Ikea or Target ten years ago ) cart or end table from your first apartment after you graduated from college that you just can't bring yourself to take to the dump because there's really nothing wrong with it....it's just really, really ugly.  So it's been sitting forgotten in your garage.



Well, I decided I was going to give ours a makeover, using only things I could find in our garage.  It was my challenge last week.  And I think I rose to the challenge admirably!

First thing I did was drag the cart outside and give it a good washing off and then let it dry in the sun.


I removed the original drawer knob and filled the hole with wood filler.

Then I used a sanding sponge to rough up the surface a bit. It was part painted, part stained, some pressed wood and some real wood.



I found a can of spray primer hidden on a shelf in the garage.  It was black, but it would have to do. So the cart got sprayed with a coat of primer.



Then I decided on a color from our stash of spray paint.  I ended up choosing Krylon in Celery.


The entire cart got spray painted. It took the entire can to cover all that black primer!


While I was waiting for it to dry, I decided to line the inside of the drawer with some pretty contact paper I had bought for another project that never seems to get done.



Finally the paint was dry and I drilled holes for the new drawer pull.  


I love this pretty brushed pewter handle that I found in a pile of odds and ends in the garage. 


I also screwed some hooks to the side of the cart.  I found a partial package forgotten in a drawer in the garage.  I know they will come in handy to hang things.



Voila ! Our cart has been transformed!  Now what to use it for ?


GARDEN CART
It would make a handy portable garden cart for working in and around the flower and vegetables gardens.

Seeds packets, markers and other miscellaneous items would fit perfectly in the drawer. 

My trowels could hang from the hooks and Espoma nutrients and plant food would go on the shelf.


CHICKEN SUPPLIES
It would also come in handy just outside the run to keep all my chicken supplies nearby.  Coop cleaning gloves, eggs baskets, my DE shaker jar, mealworms, and sunflower treats, all in one place.

In the drawer would go my flashlight, knife, scrub brushes and extra leg bands. 


KITCHEN CART
Or it would make a nice movable kitchen cart for when I bake.

The drawer is a perfect storage space for cookbooks.


PORTABLE OFFICE
I could use the cart as my portable 'office', so whether I'm making dinner or doing laundry, I could keep my netbook at my fingertips and keep up with what's going on at Fresh Eggs Daily and Ducks Too.



ROLLING BAR CART
The cart looks pretty inviting on our back patio stocked with the ingredients to make margaritas...




SEWING CART
As a sewing cart, it would get my sewing machine and notions off our dining room table.

Odds and ends in the drawer 

A basket of thread on the shelf. 


CHICKEN FIRST AID STATION
The cart would make a great place to organize and store all my chicken first aid stuff.  Over the years, I've been adding to what I keep on hand, not only for the chickens and ducks but for our cat, puppy and horse also.

The cart would make organization very easy so I could put my hands on exactly what I need in an emergency.

POTTING CART
The cart would be also perfect for when I repot plants.  A place to hang my gardening gloves and hat, a nice top to pot on....

I am pretty happy with my new cart with all its possibilities. And especially happy that not only did it not cost me anything, I also cleaned out the garage a bit at the same time !

So....decisions, decisions. What would YOU use the cart for ?

25 comments:

  1. Too cute and that cart has seen its share of places. Made the rounds I see.

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  2. I like the idea of it being for sewing, or for keeping all your first aid supplies! One to get something off your table and one to organize all those supplies :)

    - Mandy aka Louise's Country Closet ;)

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  3. you would need to get "off road tires" for some of those uses...don't think the casters on it now would roll too well.

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  4. I love it when you can take something old and make it new again. Use it in a whole new way. Even better when it gets more use in its "new" state.

    @ 3Beeze Homestead

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  5. Please let us know which way you decide to use your lovely, new-old cart.

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  6. I love it in the kitchen for sure!!!

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  7. So many options. How are you going to choose? Baking, sewing and chicken first aid are my top picks.

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  8. I think you need more carts.

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  9. Good luck deciding! I think they are all good uses. :o)

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  10. NO HESITATION---COMBINE CHICKEN SUPPLIES WITH FIRST AIDE FOR THE GIRLS. I LIKE THE BLANKET ALONG SIDE ,FOR TO SET THE GIRLS AND BOYS COMFORTABLY WHILE NURSING THEM. GOOD COOP-SIDE MANNER.I'M GOING TO LOOF FOR ONE OF THESE CARTS AT NEXT YARD SALE. TU FOR TIPS.

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  11. Audrey here: I would use it for the chicken first aide station. However, I would also put all those bottles on top in a container. It would keep them cleaner. If your place is anything like mine, DUST is the everywhere! Looks great!

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  12. For me definitely the bar thing....

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  13. Great blog post and project! You worked hard on this one, setting up all those clever uses. Inspiring!

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  14. This is great!!! I love how multi-purpose this is, very inspiring!!! :D

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  15. The kitchen cart and sewing cart I like best.You are very creative. I think I will look in the garage this weekend and see if we have something I can revamp. Thanks for the idea.

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  16. I think now you are going to have to find a whole bunch of these to make over! Lots of great ideas! I would use it to put my bird cage on and store all the supplies to clean and feed my cockatiel and dove! Plus books for easy reference! Can I have it? LOL!
    Blessings,
    Susie

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  17. Oh how cute! I smiled just thinking about you redecorating that cart with all of the different "uses" from sewing to chickens. I don't think I have any treasures like that sitting around. :-/

    Thanks for sharing. I really like it!

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  18. Oh my goodness gracious! You really outdid your self! Not only on staging this blog post but with the cart too! You covered every possible use except maybe a nightstand or bathroom storage cart! LOVE IT!!! thanks so much for sharing it... now, how will YOU Utilize it?

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    1. Oh it would make a cute night stand or bathroom cart...I have to admit tho that it has become a back patio rolling bar cart !

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  19. You know you have one of these in your garage. Everyone does.
    cleaning wipe

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  20. Not to mention that it's a good-looking and affordable alternative to organizers at those shi shi "home" stores. Huh... using a Harbor Freight tool cabinet for kitchen design, or a design idea for any room in the house. I get it.


    utility carts

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  21. Utility carts can be a pricey expense for any home or professional workshop, especially with many features or add-ons that can add significant amounts to the cost. Building a utility cart with either an electrical arc or oxy-fuel welding setup and building materials can be a cheaper alternative, offering customization possibilities limited only by your own creativity.

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  22. NICE makeover! I have one I'm working on,too. But it's metal (a little rusty) and has 40 year old contact paper on the shelves.Wish me luck.

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