Sure hope everybody was able to celebrate Independence Day in some way shape or form. We definitely celebrated America the Beautiful by hiking in Mt Ranier National Park … it was so beautiful, I almost wished we were camping there overnight! Almost. Hubby is normally all about the fireworks, but, believe it or not, Washington state is in a serious drought! It just didn’t seem right to shoot fire up in the air when people are losing their homes due to forest fires … Now come New Years (or Super Bowl!), that may be another story …;)
Keeping with the summer celebration theme, I’d like to show you a picture of Hubby’s new grill …
Did I know we needed a new grill? Nope. Did I want to know how expensive this little smoker was? Most definitely not. Has it enticed Hubby to prepare dinner now and then? Absolutely! All was good in Hubby’s corner of the deck until he realized he need a cart to go with his new grill. And would you believe the very next garage sale I went to I found this
ugly cart beauty that would meet his needs …. once it got an extreme makeover, that is.
It was wobbly, a wheel kept falling off, and it was the dirtiest piece of furniture I’ve brought home to date. I’m too embarrassed to tell you what I paid for it, but let’s just say she saw me coming! haha However, it is the perfect size for what Hubby needs, and I knew I could make it pretty, so all is good.
First thing I did was clean it (twice) with TSP Substitute. Then I got out my Citristrip to strip the top because I was planning on refinishing it with a stain/poly blend. Varathane STAIN + POLY in Kona to be exact. This was the first time I used a stain/poly mix, and it took a few coats to figure out what worked best for me — In the end, I found the easiest application was using a staining pad.
Because this was for our use and not for resale, (but mostly because I’m trying to use up my old latex paints) I mixed up a custom blend of homemade chalk paint. (Mixing Two tablespoons of Plaster of Paris with three tablespoons of water in a little plastic cup; mix until smooth and creamy; add mixture to roughly one cup of paint.) I gave the cart two coats of paint, and my homemade paint worked beautifully — smooth finish, adhered great, no brush strokes, etc. The lines of the cart are all so straight so I chose not to distress it at all. This is what it looked like after two coats of paint:
My original thought was to add gate pulls and go for a more industrial look, but that just doesn’t suit our deck or the grill at all. I was already placing an order with D LAWLESS Hardware for other projects, and found just what I was looking for for Hubby’s cart … two STEEL BAR PULL (160mm) for the hanging rails and one STEEL BAR PULL (96mm) for the new drawer pull.
With the addition of a couple S hooks from Home Depot, Hubby’s grilling utensils now have a home. (And I’m happy because they are off my kitchen counter :D) The hardware is heavy, chunky and has a great feel to it — definitely worth paying a couple extra bucks for this version over the stainless steel, which is lighter and just doesn’t have the same look or feel.
Because I knew Hubby wouldn’t like the gray so light and bright, I took Minwax Wood Finish stain in Early American and “glazed” the whole body of the cart. Basically, working in sections at a time, I just painted the stain on with a chip brush, and wiped it off in the direction of the wood grain with a cut up t-shirt. Have you ever used regular stain for this technique? It’s so easy and forgiving. Much easier than using a glaze, which really scare me for some reason. TIP: I’ve used this technique a lot, so I was able to work with all the little slats, but I wouldn’t attempt a project with slats for your first time using stain as a glaze. 😀 Stick with something with nooks and crannies, and you’ll be thrilled with how the stain stays in all the right places and makes those features pop! For this project, I was just trying to tone down the color, and tie it in with the stained top.
Can we take a minute to appreciate that AWESOME crate?! Can you believe it was a $5 garage sale SCORE?!!
What do you think? Mission accomplished?! The know-it-all in me wishes I could text an “after” picture to the homeowner saying, “See, I won!” Truthfully, it’s not about winning … (okay, sometimes it is about winning!) … it’s all about making Hubby happy and keeping those dinners a coming! (Would you believe his new grill can actually bake a cake?!) Who knew?!!
Thanks for stopping by today! Cynthia
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