Tiered Metal Kitchen Cart Makeover

Isn’t this a gem? Maybe not yet, but it does have great potential. Yes, I saw this cart’s future, and it was good. Except for the rust and dirt, the cart was in good shape and has two handles, one on each side–that’s a plus. Let’s see what a little scrubbing, painting and stenciling can do!

before metal cart

After a good cleaning, the cart was ready to paint. Although I did not take in-process photos, just know that I disassembled the trays from the legs. I spray painted the legs white, and painted the trays in light green, almost sage.


When the paint had completely dried, I reassembled the cart. You can see in the photos that I distressed the handles. However, distressing doesn’t work on the newly painted cart, so some day I will touch them up.

To embellish the top tray, I chose a beautiful lemon image from The Graphics Fairy. I printed it using the freezer paper method to create a color transfer. I like the pop of yellow and dark green colors against the sage background.

The tiered cart is now ready for its debut. It makes a beautiful and practical serving cart for a backyard soiree.


And the handles are the perfect place to hang a tea towel.



Next time you spot one of these vintage carts at a flea market, thrift store or yard sale, don’t pass it by. Look at its potential and make it your own!

Tiered Cart Staged

You might like these other furniture transformations:

Vintage Desk Secretary Gets Promoted  Typewriter Table Turned Outdoor Beer Cart   Vintage Sling Chairs Get Nautical Makeover

I’m thrilled that these popular bloggers are featuring my mid-century metal cart makeover on their sites:


Unique Junktique

The Graphics Fairy


Share Your Cup Thursday

Thursday Favorite Things


26 thoughts on “Tiered Metal Kitchen Cart Makeover

  1. I have a red and white cart like this, and I plan to spruce it up in the future. Yours looks great…there’s hope for mine! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting! I love these tiered carts, but they’re getting expensive on the flea market circuit.


  2. Wow, what a transformation! I love these carts and just missed a red one at our thrift by a few minutes. Another lucky gal got it first. Love how yours turned out!! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

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  3. I absolutely love this Doreen (I even have a bar cart Pinterest Board)! Just wanted you to know that I’ll be featuring it at tomorrow’s Vintage Charm Party! xoKathleen
    Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}


  4. Just beautiful! I need one and I don’t have far to go to find one. My mother has been using this EXACT same cart behind her couch (covered with a tablecloth) to display things. She might need to find a new display table… Thanks for linking up to #2usestuesday


  5. What a lovely transformation!! Love the new color and the design you chose for the top. I’ll keep my eyes open on my next thrift store trip!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Sweet Inspiration


  6. What a charming makeover. I never have the luck to stumble upon one of these metal carts, but I’ll be looking even harder for one now. Thanks for sharing at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party. Pinning Now.


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