DIY Cart Table
Today I would like to share my total transformation of an old cart table that cost me under $65.
As a gift, we got a record player. My husband loves this thing but personally I’m not the biggest fan. For almost a year I’ve been trying to find a piece of furniture that would fit this abnormally sized record player and also simultaneously the records as well. So I found my deal on wheels, it was this old flimsy cart from OfferUp but I saw great potential, which is the key to finding great furniture DIY projects.
This was my first real total makeover DIY, and I’m really excited to share this project with you because I learned a lot from this experience, and I’m hoping to pass that onto you.
- Spray paint (I used MATTE BURLAP)
- Sanding paper (VERY FINE)
- Painter’s tape
The first step is to take the cart apart (tip: Take pictures of how it was taken apart, so putting it together won’t be a struggle, I learned from experience). Since the cart was made with a simple/basic design, the takedown was a 5 min job.
Starting out, I lightly sanding down all the areas that I decided to keep, which ended up only being the frame. The reason for sanding this frame was that it had rust in some areas, which was easily fixed.
The next step after sanding the frame was painting. I decided to go with a very neutral nude color (matte burlap) for the frame. (Tip: before painting, apply painter’s tape around wheels if you desire to keep the original color of the wheels). Remember when painting the frame; do light coats until you reach the desired color.
Now that the frame is complete, it would be a good time to talk about why I didn’t keep the boards shown in the pictures above. Recently I started loving glass furniture, and I wanted to experiment on this piece because the design was so basic and installation would be just as easy as putting on a wooden board. Also since this is a very low cart having a glass top would make the piece look elegant and rich. But of course, this almost doubled the cost of the project so I also would love to offer you an alternative & a more budget friendly idea.
Budget Friendly alternatives: All the boards need really is a good paint job, or a cleaner alternative would be wallpaper wrap. Attached is one of my personal favorites and very popular design; white marble.
I order my piece of glass from onedayglass.com; it was only $20 plus shipping. (Here is the selection I choose; annealed glass- square/ rectangle- dimensions- Thickness (1/4)- clear – seamed edge (FREE)- no holes)
Since I didn’t want both top and bottom shelf’s to be glass I went with a plain board for the bottom shelf.the boars is ¼ inch thick, which then I used wood stain to add color (shown in picture). I followed the directions on the bottle for staining. (Tip: I did notice that stain absorbs much better when the weather is nicer)
You might be wondering why I didn’t paint the original board and use that for my bottom shelf. The reason was that I wanted a rustic look, which I got from staining this board with a grayish tint.
After all my pieces dried, assembly was just as simple as the breakdown. Remember to use the pictures if you forgot how to assemble. This piece came out to a total of $65, with very little time and effort. I hoped you enjoyed this total makeover of my cart table. Please comment with thoughts and questions!