Thrifted Thursday with Elisa of Fancy Free Me

I love seeing something ordinary transform into a beautiful and useful piece for your home. Elisa of Fancy Free Me won me over when I spotted this beautiful DIY of hers. Read on to check it out!

Hello! I’m Elisa from Fancy Free Me and I’m so excited to be here on Love on Sunday. I love Amy’s Thrifted Thursday Series, so I was tickled when she asked me to be a part of it! Today I’ll be sharing my favorite thrifted item!

Favourite thrifted item:

My favorite thrifted item is my grandparent’s old metal rolling cart.

Where you bought the piece from:

I got this bad boy from my grandparent's basement.

What drew you to the piece:

My grandparents used this cart to store their laundry soap and cleaning supplies. When I was a kid I used to push it around their basement for fun. So I guess I was a little sentimental about it.

describe any work you did to give it new life:

This poor cart was rusty and it had the worst 70’s yellow paint job. The handles were chrome but again, splattered with paint and rust. It was one of those things people just think you’re crazy for taking. It was even missing a shelf. But, I had plans for this little guy. With a lot of cleaning and a little sanding to smooth out all the old brush marks, I could tell he was going to clean up quite well. I primed the entire piece except for the wheels, and spray painted the handles gold and the shelf/tray white. He also got a glossy clear coat to make the surface ding-free.

How you use/display it:

Normally my cart lives in my kitchen, he gets used to store cookbooks and acts as a mobile counter top, rolling from one side of my kitchen to the other as I’m cooking. I love to roll him over to my pantry, load him up with all the ingredients my meal calls for and roll him back over to my prep station. He also makes for a beautiful temporary bar. The cart is light enough to be moved from room to room, so it gets used a lot.

Thank you so much Amy for having me today! It was so nice sharing my cart with you and your fabulous readers. Feel free to stop over to anytime and say hi (God knows I’m always working on something!) xo

Who doesn't love a nice bar cart? Thanks so much Elisa for taking part in today's Thrifted Thursday! If you haven't already done so, make sure to check out Elisa's blog here and see some of her fabulous DIY's

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My Brass Side Table

No bar cart? Why not a bar side table?

Living in a small condo has forced us to come up with some creative solutions. Since we have two entrances into our balcony and barely need to venture out there with the cold weather and all, we decided to utilize a corner of our tiny living room to house our makeshift bar cart. I have to credit my Mom on this fab find. She found this set of brass tables at a local thrift shop for a whopping $17! I'm telling you, this woman has a horseshoe up her arse whenever she goes thrifting. It amazes me.

Knowing I was looking for a small table to house our expanding liquor collection (note: I am not an alcoholic. I'm actually a lightweight). She sent me this pic to see if I would be interested. And to which I replied, "hellzzz yeah!"

And here's what I've done with it. Everything else I already had to complete the look such as the tray I found for $7 at an antique shop and the vase and liquor jar which were also thrift finds. The small but beautiful brown and white capiz jar was a gift from an old roomie and it's one of my favourite things. I decided to remove the second nested table and use it elsewhere in the condo. Instead, I've placed my basket of books and magazines underneath which also holds extra glasses and napkins. All together, this cost me under $30. Not bad at all!

Seeing that last photo makes me want to change up my curtains. Like paint a trim or add some fun pom poms like this. What do you think, yes or no?

Happy almost Friday! xoxo