Look What I Got

I am a lover of reinvention; whether it be through the disassembly of an old, ugly quilt(s) or through the revitalization of a tired old metal structure. The revival of a metal piece is my focus for today.

Recently I had the pleasure of acquiring this splendid, sadly in need of attention, metal cart. I came across it at the home of a family member. They were in the process of packing the last of their belongings from their home that had recently been sold.

Leftover was a stash of old wooden doors that had been stored in the rafters of the garage (more about them later). Being very aware of my love for old things and my desire to give them new life they had offered me the opportunity to take possession of the doors. I had agreed to give them a new home, sight unseen. This was the last day the family would be at the home so it was now or never.

As we parked our truck, with its eight foot box, and got out to walk the extended gravel driveway I spied this adorable, what I would call tea cart, on my left, in my peripheral vision. Once the cart caught my eye I knew I had to inquire about its fate.

Not many people would be drawn to a rusty old piece such as this one but I could see huge potential. Visions of a wire brush, rust inhibitor and aqua spray paint surfaced in my mind. Oh the possibilities. Somehow I just knew that cart was pleading with me to take it home.

I wasn’t shy at all to ask about the cart. After all, a question unasked can never be answered. No sense waiting for an invitation. The answer was not what I wanted to hear. The cart was already spoken for. Oh, how sad! Well at least I had the opportunity to dream and it wasn’t destined for the trash.

A day or two later I received a text message from the family. The cute little cart, that I had so lovingly taken a liking to, was the subject of the message. On the screen of my smart phone was the question I thought I would never see. The family wanted to know if I was still interested in owning the cart. GASP! Need they ask!!! Of course I was interested. :o)

Days later I traveled to their home, with the trunk of my car empty, to retrieve my new possession. After carefully removing the glass top the cart was slid inside the trunk. The wavy patterned glass was placed inside my vehicle to provide a softer ride home.

I am very happy to report that both the metal frame as well as the slightly used, wavy glass top made it safely to its destination. As you could see from the photo below, my new cart is currently residing precariously in my front landscaping.


Time now to get to work. Today I made a trip to a big box store to acquire supplies for my new friend. All of the items mentioned above were added to my shopping cart. Unfortunately I will need to postpone the initiation of the project for a while. The weather has been particularly hot and humid, thus inhospitable to painting of any nature.

For now I can only dream of my tea cart’s transformation. Stay close by for updates on my project.

Thanks for visiting! I look forward to sharing time with you again.

Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting