Thursday, December 5, 2013

Paris Cart

I took a week off for Thanksgiving and I'm finally working on several new projects.  This is the first one I have finished.  I only wish the photos could bring out the true finished product.
While this is not my usual fare because I don't really like old wood, I just let this little cart tell me what it wanted to look like and I'm actually okay with the weathered finish that was the end result.
It started out as a teak wood cart, pretty plain and boring but I could see the potential right away.  I wanted the piece to be suitable for a bathroom or a kitchen so I shied away from perfume images or bakery wording.  First I painted the whole thing white, but that just wasn't very interesting either.
So I took several of my Annie Sloane neutrals and painted here and there and then I took my electric sander and sanded the piece way back.  I got out all my Maison de Stencils and used bits and pieces of a few of them to give a Frenchy motif.
I found the knob with the back plate at the salvage yard.  It was in a box of odds and ends.
This is a great little cart.  It's small and versatile and the top lifts up so you can store things inside.
Here's how it started out.  Functional, yes; personality, no.
While I was away for the holiday, this is what I filled my time with.  Saturday was Carter's first trip to see Santa and I think he was mesmerized by the magic of the season.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Thanks for your visit.

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11 comments:

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Oh, what a fun week you've had! What could be better than sharing in the first Santa visit with your little Carter?

I love the weathered look of the cart! Quite a transformation from the before photo!

MONICA LIVAS said...

WOW! This is stunning!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Nothing better than spending time with your grand, Maggie! Love how the cart turned out. You really changed it from a very plain cart to something eye catching!

Kelly_Deal said...

Gorgeous cart!

michele said...

you're brilliant, and i love that you 'listen' with such a keen ear to these pieces! bravo.

stop by if you have a moment to see what i did to embellish the wall in my dressing room. http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2013/12/stencil-lovely-royal-design-studio.html

smiles.

michele
hello lovely

miss flibbertigibbet said...

I just saw this post with a picture of Carter!! I asked you for more pictures and didn't realize I missed this one! He's darling! And the table isn't too shabby either…great makeover for that plain, nothing cart!

Perfect Imperfections by Jeanne said...

I love everything about this! The weathered paint, the knob, the stencils, all of it.

A Paris Flea said...

WOW!!! You worked some beautiful shabby chic magic on this piece.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

It may not be your usual fare....But, boy you knocked it out of the park with this cart Fabulous!

Carol

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Certainly no longer plain nor boring! Love Carter's photo. First Santa visits are sure special!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Well, I was going to skip the comment, but then I saw Carter and then I had to say something!!!! What a great person to spend Thanksgiving with!