Kitchen · Retro Interiors

Kitchen Cart Makeover

For your convenience, I have included affiliate links, for the products I used, at the end of this post.

Earlier this summer I found this super cute and sturdy kitchen cart at a flea market for $18.  It is made by Cosco. I estimate it is from the 1950s, but I’m not positive of the age.  It was in bad need of a makeover.

The cart was originally a light yellow color and someone had brushed on light blue paint.  The color might have been pretty at one time, but the paint job was horrible, full of brush strokes and uneven paint, and the top had been scratched up.


I took the cart apart and lightly sanded the shelves.  None of the paint was pealing, so I figured a light sanding would be sufficient.  I also took some steal wool and rubbed the chrome legs to remove most of the surface rust.

There is still some minor pitting near the bottom of the legs, but as you can see, the steal wool made the chrome look nice and shiny.


Once all the sanding and cleaning was done, I washed everything down with soap and water.  I used Dawn since that is a good degreaser.  After the shelves were dry, I spray painted them with a multi-surface primer.  Normally, I would have sprayed the paint on as well, but I wanted to match the the paint I used on our kitchen (‘Flaming Embers’), so I rolled it on since I don’t have an electric sprayer.

It took two coats of paint, but the cart looks amazing.  I made sure the cart cured for a week before I put anything on it.  I was worried that the paint might come off.  You could also put a clear sealer on the paint to help protect the finish also, but I didn’t want to take the time.  I think it turned out pretty well, don’t you?

Here are links to some of the products I used for this project:



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