MMSMP On Metal – A Vintage Cart Makeover

Did you know that you can use Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint on metal?  With a little bit of Bonding Agent and creative vision, you don’t have to limit yourself to only wood projects!

When I last visited Marian at Mustard Seed Studio, I made a stop to a nearby antique shop and picked up this vintage metal cart.

 

As you can see, it had a lot of rust spots and a rather sad looking paint job.  Despite its rough appearance, I envisioned it wearing one of the more vintage shades in the line such as April’s Color of the Month, Lucketts Green or perhaps Eulalie’s Sky.

 

This aqua shade is perfect for the summer and it thought it would brighten up my rusty cart.  I made a video detailing the makeover process, including tips and tricks for using Tough Coat as a finish.

To make sure my Milk Paint adhered, I mixed equal parts Bonding Agent to mixed Milk Paint.

 

 Bonding Agent

After the cart was painted and sealed, I took a trip to my local Habitat for Humanity store and found the most adorable china set.

 

 

The tea set matched the color of my cart perfectly!  Here is the hallmark on the back.

 

Staging the cart was a lot of fun.  I took this shot so you could see how I set everything up “behind the scenes”.

 

I took the cart out onto my balcony and put a piece of leftover bead board paneling behind it to hide the door to my apartment’s utility closet.  Using some double-sided tape, I adhered my linen bunting to the top so the panels wouldn’t flap in the wind.  I shot all of my pictures this way and cropped them during the editing process.

 

Don’t the dishes look amazing up against Eulalie’s Sky?

 

I really couldn’t have found a better pairing!   

 

I just love the pop of aqua glazing inside the teacups.  It compliments Eulalie’s Sky so well!

 

To add some more floral elements, I took some lavender and arranged it in an old ball jar with some moss to hide the stems.

 

Despite the fresh coat of paint, this cart still has plenty of vintage charm including the original wooden caster wheels,

 

and lots of texture peeking through the metal.  This is the main reason why I used Tough Coat as my finish of choice.  With the texture of the metal and the use this cart will be getting, I wanted a finish that would hold up to drinks, cookies, plates, and lots of summer evenings.

 

I used 150 grit sandpaper to wear the edges down so the cart feels fresh but not 100% brand new.

 

I’m over the moon with the way everything came together on this piece and I’m so glad that Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint has Eulalie’s Sky in their collection.  It was the perfect color choice on this vintage cart.  I’m also so pleased with the way Bonding Agent allowed the paint to stick with no chipping, and Tough Coat sealed everything in like a champ.

 

Do you have any metal pieces that you could paint?  Share your projects with us by tagging @MissMustardSeedsMilkPaint on Facebook, @mmsmilkpaint on Instagram, and use our hashtags #mmsmp and #mmsmilkpaint so we can find your gorgeous photos!

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