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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…

Farmhouse Hutch ~ Champlain milk paint and cappuccino



Scored from an estate sale this Canadian made Kilgour Furniture buffet/ hutch is the perfect size for a coffee bar or as it was custom called for; an actual bar in the customers new home. She wanted it to be done in the same colors as this sweet little accent table.


The first step was to remove the mac tac liner in the long drawer and inside the buffet


It peeled back easy enough but then required a whole lot of Goo Gone to remove the residual stick glue. It did however protect the wood and once cleaned, perfect new looking surfaces.

All surfaces were scrubbed well to remove any dirt and dust accumulated over the years.

The top is the only wood veneer piece, the rest is solid maple I believe. Because it is veneer you must be very careful when refinishing it as it is easy to sand thru the thin wood layer.

Using my orbital sander and 120 grit sandpaper, I carefully sanded the top smooth the applied Homestead House's stain and finishing oil all in one  in cappuccino color. Throughout the makeover process I added 5 coats for a deep rich color and durable finish.


Homestead House Paint Co. milk paint in champlain was mixed and applied to the base and hutch in 2 coats lightly sanded between and after with a sanding sponge.


Milk paint sands so smooth and feels like butter, 


the edges distress nicely too



Everything except the buffet top was sealed with Fusion's tough coat matte wipe on poly applied with a damp sponge and 2 coats.

To add dimension and character back into the piece, I applied Fusion Mineral Paint's ageing wax to the crevices and edges. Ageing wax is my favorite color as it is a mix of dark and black.

Sorry for the sun glare but hope you can see how the black wax gives it it's vintage feel back.

The hardware was painted as well in all the same steps and reapplied, it is all ready for its future as a family home beverage center.




loads of hidden storage in the buffet with full length shelf and divided areas in the full length drawer 




as well as lots of great display area







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