You may remember my quest for a bar cart from a previous post (On the Hunt – In Search of the Just Right Bar Cart). After the cart I purchased at Target for a reasonable price sat in my home for a few months, I finally tackled the project to glam it up a bit.
What I liked about the cart other than its comfortable price was its clean lines and rehab-ability. I figured a little gilding and mirrors would dress it up nicely. One of our gracious readers also suggested moving it under the portrait of my daughter, and while that looked better, I didn’t like it hidden by the chair. Alas, the lamp cord is still in plain sight.
My first step was to take the shelves out of the cart. Lucky for me the little footings underneath were 1/4″ thick,
and I couldn’t see a real purpose for them. That was going to make the mirror part fairly easy because removing them allowed for a layer of 1/4″ thick mirror on top of the wooden shelf. I had a large piece of an old full-length mirror in my basement’s creative laboratory. I took that to Binswanger Glass to have it cut down to size,
and then have a mate cut out of their 1/4″ stock. (FYI, cutting down my old mirror cost about the same as buying a new piece cut to size. At least this piece didn’t end up in a landfill. Always Think Pink • Live Green when you can!)
While waiting on the mirrors, I worked on the gilding. At first I thought my favorite Rub ‘n Buff was going to do the trick, but I wasn’t satisfied with the result on the flat surface of the cart. Then I tried Martha Stewart’s Gold Liquid Gilding.
It went on like a charm. This small jar goes a long way and is quite addictive. The package instructions say to seal with Martha’s Enamel Spray Gloss to prevent tarnishing, but I am sad to report that this product did not work. The spray dissolved the gilding and tinged it reddish. NOT the look I wanted. So, for now it is unsealed, and I will deal with that dilemma after the holidays.
Ta-da! I moved the cart into a quiet corner of my dining room which is adjacent to my living room. It rolls easily into the living room when needed.
The Fostoria ice bucket was a recent find at an antique shop in Charlottesville, Virginia.
This close-up shows the gilding and mirrors. It wasn’t a difficult project at all, save the issue with the enamel spray. Now, I think I need a Santa-tini to celebrate!
December 13, 2013
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