Do you have old furniture just taking up space in the basement, garage or attic? Or maybe with the start of yard sale season right around the corner, you’ll spy a fun furniture piece to flip…keep your eyes open! The other day I spied an old metal cart collecting dust so I decided to give it a purpose. It once belonged to my husband’s grandfather. Time to dust the cart off, give it life and make it useful.
- Old metal cart
- Pine planks (I purchased three 1x3s and one 1×4)
- Wood stain and sealer
- ProBond Advanced
What I did:
First I cleaned up the cart a bit. I was going to spray paint it but it really wasn’t in bad shape (finish wasn’t original – it had been spray painted in the past) and I sort of like the few scratches and scuffs, making it look old and not brand new. Sometimes imperfections are perfect, right?
Then I set about measuring and cutting the wood planks to fit the top and what looks like support for a bottom shelf.
After deciding placement of the planks, I marked, sanded and cleaned each one.
I stained each wood plank a rich beautful color. I brushed the stain onto all sides with a foam brush (in the same direction as the wood grain) and wiped away with a clean rag then let them dry for an hour or two.
Last step! Just glue and clamp the wood planks into place. Elmer’s ProBond Advanced is designed for gluing mixed materials like wood planks to the metal cart (porous to non-porous materials) without expanding, creating a foamy residue and making a mess. Awesome! Let the glue dry 24 hours.
I applied a sealer to the wood to protect the finish and add a little shine.
Loved once again…
Beautiful new wood top and shelf:
Now what was once just junk now serves as a side table (or would that be center table?) in our family room.
Are you a DIY’er? Find any recent ‘hidden treasure’? Find more DIY inspiration on Elmer’s Mixed Materials Pinterest board.