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Antique Serving Cart

Follow along to see how this antique cart was given a fun farmhouse finish.

I purchased this sweet antique wheeled cart and as soon as I brought it home my youngest daughter asked for it for Christmas as a plant stand in her new apartment. When asked what colors she saw it in, she instantly said white and dark stain.

As with all my pieces, especially the old antiques that have seen years of wear and use I scrub them thoroughly. You can in the still photo and the video just how much grime and dirt comes off.

Next I removed the bottom shelf for easier stripping and staining. Both flat surfaces were stripped with paint stripper then power sanded smooth. The corners on the top surface with the raised edges required hand sanding to get into the tight corners.

Once the sanding was complete and the whole piece wiped down again to remove any sanding dust it was time to stain. I chose my go to Homestead House's stain and finishing oil all in one  in the color cappuccino. See a farmhouse h…

January FFF contest "A Fresh Start"

Time for another Fabulous Furniture Flip Contest entry, this month the sponsor is General Finishes again this time with their newly released chalk paint (thank you GF!) and the theme is "A Fresh Start". Very fitting for January 2016 I say.
The color I chose was key west, just like on the link. Next choice was what to paint, which piece calls for this pretty blue color for a fresh new start? This piece was calling for a fresh start after seeing a life of wear and loss (of the drawer).

 to fill in missing drawer I found this piece of wood almost perfect
 the poor top has seen allot and in rough shape
 but nothing a good power sanding can't fix, I love solid wood pieces
SO with all this finished it was time to wait for my paint to arrive. It seems however there were address issues so once corrected the paint finally arrived on the evening of January 28th. My husband arrived home for his week off to and helped with some wood repairs. Time to get busy!!

once the piece of wood I chose for the missing side was cut to correct length I traced the other sides curvy edge on it
 my husband kindly followed the pencil lines with his jig saw
 and I sanded it up to look like an almost perfect replication of the existing sides
 with the Kreg jig we secured it to the table all ready to paint
 hello key west.. lets get you on this sweet little table
 GF new chalk paint went of easily and smoothly and dries super fast but a hint, DO NOT go back to touch up semi dry areas as it will lift that paint, wait until completely dry and add a new coat ;)
now it seems there are a few steps missing photos in my hurry to get the project finished but once the full coverage coat was dry, I sanded the top back to reveal a hint of that amazing wood grain
to enhance this grain further I used General Finishes java gel stain over it, wiping back and leaving to dry well overnight. the recessed detailing in the Queen Anne legs were hand painted to pop out even more with a custom mix of black and burnt umber paints and a fine detail paint brush.

this morning it was time to wax this little beauty up, I chose clear wax for first coat, added a dark patina to edge corners, put a dark wax over the top then followed up clear over the entire piece. once it was all dry it was time to power buff the wax to a high shine
 and bring in to stage up

 I totally love the way it turned out, THANK YOU General Finishes for such amazing products!
 To check out more great pieces entered in this months contest check out
Anastasia Vintage 
 Evey’s Creations

and if you are interested in participating, contact

I have received product in exchange for this post, but ALL the opinions are entirely my own.  This post contains sponsored links for General Finishes


  1. That General Finishes Key West just rocks! Love it on the end table. Thanks so much for linking to Friday's Furniture Fix.

  2. such a pretty color right? thank you for having me


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