Just Add Wheels. Rolling Furniture Part One

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

Just Add Wheels to Your Furniture

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Wheels Change the entire look of Furniture

Just Add Wheels.  Rolling Furniture Part One.  Adding wheels to furniture is easier than you think! I LOVE furniture that rolls.  Partly, because it is easy to move around…..I often change my mind about where I want things to live and wheels make it easier for everyone to change places.  I have so many things I put on wheels, that I couldn’t put them all in the post! I love wheels on furniture because it instantly adds a sense of “fun” to the piece.  It isn’t rooted in place anymore, but can be wheeled around and restyled according to your mood! Here is a sampling of some of my favorite free-wheeling pieces. My all-time fave. 

My Countryfried Dresser turned urban chic.  I stripped and stained it, using a layering technique of stain. I splurged on the casters and bought Vintage Reproductions from Vintage Casters Online.   I added Vintage knobs to give the entire piece a real eclectic look.  This piece was so popular, it was even featured on Apartment Therapy!

Turn an Out-of-the-Box Bathroom Vanity into a Rolling Cart with Wheels

Does this look like it belongs in a bathroom to you?  Me neither!  It was a brand new, topless, white laminate vanity.  Given to me by friends who decided not to use it in one of their rental properties.  I added cut Pine Boards to the top and did a multi-layer finish to look like reclaimed wood.  I painted the entire piece in DIY Paint Layered Chocolate to give the illusion the cabinet was dark wood.  Added a back to it that was painted with chalkboard paint, so a menu or kids’ doodle’s can be displayed here, and little casters to it can go all over the kitchen. I love this ROLLING ISLAND.

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Turn an Old Dresser into a Vintage Industrial Piece with Wheels

Anthro Numbered Dresser was a freebie. Found on the sidewalk, literally. I layered and blended several different DIY Paint colors to give this piece a natural rustic wood look.  Added reclaimed boards to the top and finished similarly, then added casters to keep it moving.  Oh, and to keep with the anthro vibe, the drawers are all line with artists’ map paper.  Then, of course, I added my version of the numbers.  See here to check out Antrho-inspired Dresser.

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Turn a Side Table into a Rolling Table


Check out this Rolling Table turned Island!  This Rolling Island started life as a Side Table!  Mid  90’s, blonde wood, chunky country legs.  Time to bring it into the next century!  I added small casters and painted the base in DIY Paint Layered Chocolate to give the illusion of a dark piece of furniture.   I painted the base in DIY Paint Skeleton Key. I sealed the entire piece in ultra hard-wearing DIY Paint Big Top Brush-On Finish.  Now it is perfect for lots of wipe-downs and wear and tear. 

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Furniture with wheels

Come back tomorrow for Trashy Tuesday! I will have even more ROLLING pieces to share with you. This time, my new work table quickly moves around my garage.  You won’t want to miss it, or it might roll away! These pieces are rolling around at these joints this week:




  1. Jan

    Eeeeek! I love all of them!

    This is why I snap up casters any chance I get. I even snap up totally destroyed pieces just to get the casters—or the feet—off the bottom.


  2. Mary Beth @ Cupcakes and Crinoline

    I have a secret love of furniture with wheels. It makes it so much easier to clean but yours look so much better than mine {your furniture is always gorgeous!}. Thanks for sharing at this week’s Project Inspire{d}.


    Mary Beth

  3. Bliss

    In my head I heard Steve Winwood singing while I read this post. Just roll with it baby…

  4. Shelly @MinettesMaze

    I love the one with the big casters!! You should come share this on DIY Sunday Showcase!! A party I co-host and its open now!!!


  5. Abby

    Oh I just love rolling stuff. It’s so handy, and it looks fabulous. Love all the pieces you’ve done!

  6. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    I’m with you, just love anything with cute little wheels!

  7. JaneEllen

    I am a nut for old high boys that have casters on them, the small casters that look like they couldn’t support the piece. If I ever find one I can afford that baby is gonna come home with me, no matter what shape it’s in. I’ve passed up too many pieces cause hubs didn’t want to bother with it. No more. Once I get it home and he sees me trying to fix it he’ll jump in.
    I love all your pieces with the casters, the industrial ones on that dresser are awesome, love em. We could use a couple sets of those for things hubs has made with pallets. I’ll be looking into that website for repro casters. My favorites of pieces you featured are the aqua piece and the little table you said you were going to use in your garage. Well I’ve drooled enuf and you’ve inspired me so think I’ll say – Happy weekend

  8. Danielle

    Your castered furniture all looks lovely. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

  9. Therese @ Fresh Idea Studio

    Wheels, wheels, I love how the wheels really do add a sense of fun and “this century” to your fabulous redouxs, Karen! Thanks so much for linking up your awesomeness with the DIY Sunday Showcase.
    Cheers to you and yours,

  10. Tammy

    Love this post! Just wanted to let you know that the link for the anthro inspired dresser actually links to the island above it. I searched and found the post b/c I wanted to see how you did the numbers, but I just wanted to let you know. You can delete this once it’s fixed. 🙂 thanks so much!

    • GTC

      Thank you so much Tami! Thank you for being a detective and finding it. I better fix that ASAP!

  11. Marie@The Interior Frugalista

    Love it! I need to pull the collection of castors I have kicking around out of storage and think about using them on projects. Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. Dillon

    I am in fact glad to glance at this webpage posts which
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  13. Shannon

    Amazing! Your furniture transformation is absolutely stunning! The addition of wheels really does change the whole vibe of the piece. It’s incredible how something as simple as wheels can make furniture so versatile and easy to move around. I totally agree with you; having furniture on wheels adds an element of fun and practicality to any space. Keep up the fantastic work, and I can see why it got featured on Apartment Therapy. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring creations!

    • GTC

      Thank you so much Shannon! I appreciate your sweet comment. And I do love those casters!



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