I belong to several vintage groups. It’s interesting to see who falls into which camp: Those who love to “distress” and antique wood furniture and those who would like to kill the people who distress and antique wood.
One item though that no one seems to care about because, let’s face it, a lot of them are hideous, is COSCO. Carts, chairs, you name it, people want them to refinish. At the last Vintage Pyrex swap (It’s a thing) I picked up one from one of my friends for cheap but while it was in pretty decent shape with no surface rust, It was not happy. The metal had this wood type finish to it and the frame had a yellowish tinge. It definitely had no life.
I knew I needed to do something. Cue Pinterest. Pinterest was full of ideas but after perusing the pictures, I decided what I wanted to do.
This weekend, since it was extremely hot and I knew I didn’t want to go anywhere, I decided to refinish the cart to a more happy color that i could enjoy. Most people know I love purple and turquoise. Purple didn’t seem retro enough so I decided on turquoise.
Tools for the job (not pictured: Painters’ Tape)
I had to break the cart apart….the screws and nuts where not having it and I had to hammer them out but eventually I got it apart.Then came spray painting the frame into a nice chrome (I can’t stand gold)
Next was spraying the panels….and that was fun with a shedding mimosa tree and bugs…so I had to spray and touch it up 50 times. I also learned that you should assume 2 extra cans of spray paint for every one that you assume you need. The fact that it was metal and required so much paint was surprising.
Then we put it together and found that the trouble I had with the nuts and screws earlier was because whoever had actually put the cart together didn’t care and used the wrong size so the bolts were stripped. I ran down to Ace hardware with 5 minutes to spare before closing and we finally got the cart together…after a lot of force.
Of course this required touch up so i yet again had to tape up but this time left it together because those screws can go to hell.
This shall work nicely.