You may remember me telling you a while back about my garage sale exploits. Well, here’s the story of how my rusty $2 wheeled trolley became a lovely addition to my back deck.
When I saw this piece on the lawn at the local church, I knew I had to check it out. When I asked how much, I knew it was coming home with me. Shaky and rusty, with lots of water stains on its fake wood surfaces, but I could see through all that.
Always remember to keep an open mind.
Underneath I found this stamp – Manufactured in 1958
Water damage and rust. This probably sat in a damp basement or garage for quite some time.
All of that unsightly water damage and rust had to go. Plus, the brass and fake wood look is no longer in vogue. But so many ills are covered by a nice coat of vibrant paint. The first step? (Well, after washing off the dirt.) Sanding. Paint won’t adhere properly to a smooth metallic surface, so you must prepare the surface by “roughing it up.” You can accomplish this manually with sheets of sandpaper, but we are lucky enough to have a power sander. This makes the job go much more quickly.
Once you’ve sanded down all smooth surfaces (including the legs) and wiped away the dust, it’s time to paint. I chose a Rust-Oleum glossy spray paint. This product works on a wide variety of materials and is good for both indoor and outdoor use.
Spray painting needs lots of ventilation, so it is best done outdoors. I like to lay out a garbage bag or cheap plastic tablecloth on the grass and spray there. Great air circulation, and if you get paint on the grass – who cares! The grass will grow and you will cut the painted blades in a few days anyways.
The cardboard under the bottom shelf came unstuck once I cleaned the trolley. I removed it later.
Pretty key lime grass
This was really the easiest thing I’ve ever done. Clean, sand, wipe off the dust. Then apply the spray paint in even sweeps. I did as much as I could with the trolley right side up, then left it to dry overnight, turned it upside down, and completed the rest. I could take this project further and do a stencil on each shelf, and I still might. But for now, it is sitting on my back deck in its simple, key lime splendour.
What do you think? Have you got any garage sale DIY treasures to share?