When Life Gives You A Rusty Bar Cart…

When starting the January Cure I spoke about a bar cart that was my great grandmother’s. It was in our basement collecting dust and completely rusted. I wanted something to make my space feel a little more inviting, and what’s more inviting than a little mad men action?

Here’s what I started with.


Squeaky wheels? Check.

Shelves missing bolts? Check.

An obscene amount of rust? You better believe it!

And here’s the final result!


I started by using WD40 on the wheels before applying Jasco’s rust converter and sanding it down.  Once that was done I used Rustoleum’s Paint and Primer, it only took one can to get the job done. However I accidentally spray painted the wheels and I wasn’t sure how I felt about that so I decided to leave the cart white for awhile until I figured out what next steps I wanted to take.


Not too bad, but not too exciting either. I decided I wanted to do something with gold, so I did what any sensible DIYer would and took to pinterest where I found THIS! Thank you project wedding! I decided I wanted my lines slimmer than 3/4″ tape (which is the smallest painter’s tape at Home Depot FYI). I had a couple rolls of washi tape that I never used that were perfect!


I bought a gold leaf starter kit and an addition order of 25 sheets of gold leaf. I’m glad I did because I used close to 40 sheets on this project.
IMG_9371I also found a very useful DIY affixing a wine glass rack with magnets. “Super magnets” which are about the size of a pea hold up to 7lbs each! I used 5 which was more than enough. Since I was set on a gold metallic, I spray painted the wine rack with Rustoleum metallic gold. Here’s the before:

And the after:


I decided to spray paint the wheels too and am SO pleased with the results!



15 Comments on When Life Gives You A Rusty Bar Cart…

  1. kduncx
    January 19, 2014 at 10:39 am (3 months ago)

    That is super cute!

  2. Virginia Harkness
    January 29, 2014 at 12:02 pm (3 months ago)

    Good job!

    • howfantastic
      January 29, 2014 at 1:36 pm (3 months ago)

      Oh thank you so much! I love your blog!

  3. Julie
    March 15, 2014 at 7:00 am (1 month ago)

    This turned out great! I have a very similar cart that i have been wanted to fix up. It’s currently red and rusty. I have been putting it off because the sanding part sounds too daunting. Did you use an electric sander? Was it like nails on a chalkboard?

    • howfantasticblog@gmail.com
      March 15, 2014 at 10:51 am (1 month ago)

      Hi Julie!

      The sanding was honestly not too bad. I used a fine grit and that worked well for my purposes. You basically want to get just the flakey bits off and then seal it with rustoleum spray to prevent the rust from spreading. It’ll never be a slick metal once it’s rusted, but you can get it fairly smooth with a fine grit. Good luck!


      • Julie
        March 16, 2014 at 7:57 am (1 month ago)

        You have inspired me to get started. Thanks!

  4. cassie
    March 15, 2014 at 7:58 am (1 month ago)

    this is gorgeous! love the gold leaf design!

  5. aahsomenest
    March 15, 2014 at 6:39 pm (1 month ago)

    Such a golden life that bar cart will live. Totallly aahsome.

  6. Kalyn
    March 17, 2014 at 8:00 am (1 month ago)

    Tito’s Vodka is the best! Made in Texas and a very cool story behind the brand.

    • howfantasticblog@gmail.com
      March 17, 2014 at 8:12 am (1 month ago)

      Oooh I’m not sure of the story. I’ll have to look into that! A friend introduced me to Tito’s last year and it’s quickly become a favorite :)

  7. Erika
    March 30, 2014 at 6:24 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Where did you find the wine glass rack? Thanks and love your cart; it has inspired me to put one together!

    • howfantasticblog@gmail.com
      March 31, 2014 at 1:12 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Hi Erika! Thanks for following! I found the wine rack and magnets from amazon. Good luck with your bar cart!


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