thrift love thursday :: 08.12.2010

12 Aug

{thrift love thursday will be a (hopefully) regular feature. i plan on sharing one or some of my favorite thrifty finds each week. i hope you enjoy them!}

for today, an after from a before and after. remember my cosco cart find? well, it was actually a cosco cart find and a cosco stool find and both of them are all cleaned up and ready to make one corner of my aparement extremely cheerful.

the cart was completely disassembled before laborious scrubbing and sanding with steel wool and a power sander (for the rust spots) commenced. after everything was cleaned up and sanded down, i sprayed the tray inserts with sweet pea pink rustoleum spray paint. 

the stool was cleaned off with windex (for the swirly-patterned vinyl) and steel wool (#0000 for the chrome legs); there was a bit of rust corosion on the font of the stool, so my friend sprayed a rust blocker on the affected areas, which, in turn, turned black.

the $12.00 total pricetag for both pieces, plus the scrubbing, rubbing, and spraying, is an incredible value – the carts alone go for upwards of $100 on etsy and ebay. if you find a vintage cosco cart or stool on your vintage travels, even if it needs a bit of work, buy it!

these cute vintage planters came from the same garage sale as the stool and were only $2.00 each. i cannot tell you how cute i think that puppy dog is. does it not look like lily?

i finally have somewhere to store my pretty vintage silver-rimmed glasses, pitcher, ice bowl, and carafes.

i think the wall above the cart is a bit too cluttered for my taste right now, but i had to hang up the bisque plaques because they cleaned up so nicely. i can’t tell which decade these cute animals are from – i keep going between the 1940s and the 1960s. what do you think?

previous thursdays:
08.05.2010 | 07.29.2010

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One Response to “thrift love thursday :: 08.12.2010”

  1. Janet August 23, 2010 at 2:11 pm #

    The cart is perfection! Nice job!

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