This past summer I spied a metal cart in a dumpster. To be frank, I have never truly actually participated in dumpster diving. The thought of actually climbing inside a dumpster has never been on my acceptable things to do list. But, this metal bar cart was floating on top of the trash pile. It was (to quote a Seinfeld episode) above the rim! And it was begging to be upcycled into a beautiful plant cart.
So, I convinced myself it was okay and wasn’t officially dumpster diving. Feel free to debate this fact in the comment section.
I brought it home and knew I could do a quick makeover with some spray paint. But, first it needed a good cleaning and some prep work. The tops of the shelves were very rusty:
And the undersides were filthy. But, the end product was worth it! Here is how to upcycle your own little metal rusty bar cart into a beautiful plant stand!
- 1 Discarded rusty bar cart (rescued from above the rim)
- Socket set
- Hammer for coaxing rusty bolts loose
- Can of Rustoleum Heirloom White spray paint
- Can of Krylon Copper Spray paint
- Sander/sanding block
- Fine grit sand paper
- Wire brush
- Rag and/or damp wipes
- Painter’s tape
- Drop cloth
- Scraps of wood to elevate while painting
- Optional: Drill
Loosen corner bolts with a socket wrench or drill and socket bit. Hammer out any that are too rusty to budge. [Read more...]