Trashy Tuesday, a Major Makeover, on a roll!

Furniture and Cabinetry Redouxs, Furniture Makeovers, Le Junque, Tutorials

Welcome to another edition of Trashy Tuesday, where we talk trash, literally. Check out what I gave a Redoux to this week!

Do you remember this cabinet I found a few months ago?  This was courtesy of an apartment dumpster.  It was actually sitting right next to it.  It must have been freshly dumped, because when I picked it up, it still contained a bag of cereal, and a banana!  I passed on the breakfast, but took the cabinet home.

I saw rolling cart with this one. To start with, it needed some cosmetic repair.  There was a big hole in the back, quite unsightly.

Since this was to be a roll around cart, she needed to look good from every angle.  I added a thin piece of MDF to the back, and then inserted panels between the shelves on the front, so the hole disappeared.

I had enough scrap wood leftover from a client project.  I cut it to fit the top of the cabinet, and the kick plate below.

After I cut each piece, I did a “dry fit” to see which pieces fit best together.  Next, I secured  the scrap wood with Gorilla wood glue and wood screws.   I used Wood filler for the screw holes. After the glue dried, I sanded the entire top thoroughly, to soften all the edges.

I applied a very generous amount of Walnut Stain.  Since the stain did not take evenly to where the wood filler was, I darkened these areas with my Modern Masters go to….Coffee Bean Colorant.

For the moveable part.  I turned the piece upside down.  Added blocks of scrap wood in the corners, again using Gorilla Wood Glue (this stuff is tough!), and securing the casters with screws.

Now for the fun part! I painted the entire piece with CeCe Caldwell’s Virginia Chestnut, nice and watered down, so it spread evenly everywhere. This could be the worst “during” picture ever taken.

When this was dry, I used Mississippi Mud.  Another one of my favorite “Neutrals”, and goes great with Virginia Chestnut.  I waxed the entire piece with clear wax, then added a generous helping of clear wax I had tinted with Modern Masters Coffee Bean Colorant.

For the top, When this was dry, I added Ce Ce Caldwell’s 100% natural Satin Finish.  Did you know they make this??  It is the only clear coat available that is 100% natural.  So nice to work with it, no chemically smell, and, it is really durable.  Now it will hold up to food, and wiping down too.

I like how it rolls to the right:

And to the left…

And straight on:

PS I made the curtain from a drop cloth remnant and added a graphic from The Graphics Fairy (Check HERE for how to), and hung it with a cafe rod.

In case you forgot after all these pictures, here is a side by side:

Linking my rolling cart (minus the free breakfast) with these lovely parties:

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  1. oldthings

    A lovely makeover and a useful stand !
    Very good job !
    Have a nice day !

  2. Shelly Andrade

    WOAH miss carpenter, seamstress, handy-woman, painter-extraordinaire transformation queen. I had to sit down and rest just thinking about how many projects you’ve been cranking out lately. Another fab transformation on something I would have passed on. I busted out loud this morning when I got the visual of you in the dumpster. I started a bucket list yesterday of fun things I want to start doing. 1. Start hiking. 2. Go dumpster diving w/ Karen 😀

  3. Linda

    Wow! What a great transformation. You sure know how to transform junk!!!!

  4. Jill Flory

    WoW! What a great makeover! It looks wonderful! And I want some of that clear coat! Can I use it with AS paint too?

  5. Megan

    What a fantastic transformation! I don’t think you should give up dumpster diving…you are able to make such amazing pieces. Megan

  6. Nia Sayers

    That’s the sign of kindred spirit friends — when it totally makes sense that they ask to go dumpster diving with you! Great job on the cabinet! Hope this week is better for you my friend. I’m flying to North Carolina to visit a dear friend tomorrow thru Sunday. Looking forward to some R & R.

  7. Bliss

    Definitely took it from trashtastic, to fantastic.


  8. Jeannie

    You have great vision, good job! You certainly are a busy girl. Jeannie

  9. Heidi @ Decor & More

    Another home run, Karen! Someone is going to snap up that smart little piece!
    xo Heidi

  10. Holly Lefevre

    Tres CUTE! If I can store things and it rolls – it is a winner in my book! Love it!

  11. Meegan

    How creative are you?? It looks amazing, and like a whole new piece!! Great job, Megan!!

  12. Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage

    So cute – love the little curtain!

    And I’m anxiously awaiting your banana/cereal recipe from the food you found in the dumpster.

    Oh, and also can’t wait to see those pics of your legs sticking out of the dumpster!

  13. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    I think you can make anything cute and pretty! Another great save!


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