Rustic paint cart furniture revamp with Fusion and Old Sign Stencils
If you are a painter type, you already know how valuable paint storage is.
But I needed a little more than just extra storage. I actually desired more of a paint cart to not only store, but to also cart around as desired…
Enter… this beat up cupboard.
Oh, I remember the day well. My son was horrified that I wanted to pick this old cupboard up off the curb! But after bribing him with a slurpee, he promptly loaded it into the back of my truck, and off we went!
Where it sat for several years in my garage. Oops.
Until my new paint cart brainstorm hit of course! And this is why we hoard, yes?
Rummaging through the depths of the garage pile, I pulled this beat up beauty out with quite the unique vision in mind! This would ultimately become a rustic paint cart of my dreams! Antiques style of course!
Here’s what I did:
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Rustic paint cart furniture revamp with
Fusion and Old Sign Stencils
1. The old cupboard was cleaned with soap and water, the lightly sanded to prep.
Since the cupboard was already painted, it was the perfect candidate for a repaint… plus! You wait and see…
How to colour block
2. Sections of the cupboard were taped off to create a colour blocked effect.
Each panel on the cupboard was taped off, then painted in a different colour, as if various pieces were used to build the cupboard.
About Fusion Mineral Paint
My choice of paint for this project is Fusion Mineral Paint, which is a matte finish high quality furniture paint that does not require a primer and has built-in top coat. The coverage is excellent and the product goes a LONG way!
3. Each painted panel section was stenciled as if chunks of signs were outfitted together.
Note: Route 66 is no longer available, however any other stencil design from HERE would do the same thing.
Achieving a chalkboard look
Isn’t that a fun look?!
The Coal Black side was achieved by painting the panel, then placing masking tape on the top, pulling it off before the paint was dry. It left a really cool chalkboard look!
The stenciling was done with Champlain with a VERY dry brush so the lettering had a chalk like effect. It turned out very realistic!
My favorite type of stencil brushes are dome-shaped. Click below to visit a few!
Try this chippy effect!
This chippy effect above the lock was achieved in a very unique way:
- Paint Algonquin over a sample surface
- Apply masking tape over the painted area while still wet
- Remove masking tape, then stick it to a desired painted surface to transfer the paint (this was over top of Champlain).
Voila! Instant distressed without needing a sander!
View Fusion’s Furniture Glaze HERE (Amazon)
Glazing to antique the look
4. Glaze painted areas where more of an antique look is desired. Apply glaze with a brush, then wipe off the excess.
This is the creamiest paint I’ve ever used. The coverage is excellent, with no primer nor topcoat needed. YES!
But the antiquing glaze is magic! It has a VERY long open time, so you don’t have to worry about it drying on you too quickly. I was working outdoors on a very warm day and had no issues.
You just brush it on, then wipe it off with a cloth.
I got a little braver as I went along, and started antiquing the cabinet more heavily. You’ll see what I mean soon.
5. Add full swivel casters to the bottom of the cart.
Next up, full swivel casters were attached to the bottom of the cupboard found at last weekend’s flea market.
I love using full swivel casters so moving a piece is completely effortless!
However casters that move one direction only are great for pieces where you wish to move the piece in one direction only.
Building the cart top
6. Enhance and enlarge the workspace of the top of the cabinet with a reclaimed wood top, built like a tray.
The cupboard needed more work space on top, so a few old reclaimed fence boards did the trick.
The reclaimed wood boards were cut to desired length, then joined together with two support boards to create a tray-like top that can be lifted and carried around if desired.
The two support boards were positioned to hug the top of the cabinet, holding the top in place once on the cupboard.
About the Antiques stencil
Next up, Antiques was stenciled across the top of the boards for a ‘gathered over time’ theme.
You’ll soon see why!
The Antiques stencil also comes with a strip of interchangeable numbers so you can change the date to something that has significance to you!
Fun, right?! However, today I left it as 1901.
My son would have likely agreed the beat up cupboard was indeed that old, so there’s that…
The stenciled top
Antiques was stenciled in Fusion’s Coal Black for a stamped crate look. Isn’t it cool?!
Note: The stencil will leave bridging gaps on the letters like THIS Antiques mirror project does.
The above sample was done without bridging. It’s easy to do. Stencil first, then once the stencil is removed, carefully fill in the bridging gaps with the same brush while taping off edges you don’t want to paint.
The finished paint cart!
And then it was time to roll the finished cart into place in my photo studio, then fill it up with my favorite tools, and paint supplies from Fusion Mineral Paint and a special place to hang Old Sign Stencils!
Here’s how I did that…
Paint brush storage
Each panel on the paint cart was given a different duty. The chalkboard-look end became the perfect place to hang paint brushes from simple nails.
If you use really long nails, you can double or triple up the hanging area as well.
See those two fat round brushes on the upper right? They are Fusion Mineral Paint’s all natural bristle brush and boy do they hold paint!
No space on this cupboard was wasted.
The back of the paint cart was the perfect spot to hang stencils for easy access and storage!
An antique yardstick was attached along the back of the cupboard, then screws and nails added to become the stencil hanging hooks.
To hang up the stencils, I punched holes with a paper hole puncher at one corner of each stencil that easily clear the screws and nails used. It makes grabbing them a snap!
This side of the cupboard got a Farmers’ Market fence board sign and a whole lotta hooks of all kinds to hang up tools galore!
For a dash of authenticity, an old label was attached to the Antiques sign top along the bottom left.
Added hardware details
Some old hinges were hung to resemble having removed doors off the cabinet. Junk jewelry you know…
The bottom shelf was the perfect size to house a good stash of paint. An old green metal toolbox was perfect for storing small paint tester pots.
With the top shelf of the paint cart outfitted with scraps of wood for stencilling and brush storage in mason jars, this paint cart is ready to (literally) roll!
I love how this rustic paint cart with Fusion and Old Sign Stencils paint cart can be wheeled around to accompany the farm table I have in my photo studio. It is the perfect extra storage companion done in style! Who else needs one of these?
It’s such a fun piece to look at that’s super productive too!
What do you think of the rustic paint cart idea from an old cupboard? Think you’ll entertain making something similar after seeing this idea?
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