I’m so excited to share my kitchen cart project with you. It has added some lovely color and much needed counter space to our drab rental-home kitchen.
This project was extra fun because I got to try some new materials. This was my first date with Benjamin Moore paint. This paint is a bit more difficult to find. Here you can only purchase it at ACE Hardware and it ran me about $20 a quart. Regardless, it was worth every stinking penny. It was like painting with butter..whipped butter. Seriously, it was so luxurious and easy to use. Originally I wanted to try the BM Advance paint that I heard about on Young House Love but I couldn’t find it locally. So I settled with their Aura satin finish in Bahaman Sea Blue. I was not disappointed. This paint is low VOC, self-priming, and great for high traffic areas. Since my cart was untreated, unpainted wood I only needed one coat!
For the top of the cart I wanted to keep with a butcher block feel. I stained this with MinWax Wood Finish in Natural. I used two coats of stain.
Lastly, this cart was going to need to stand up to bangs, scratches, water, cleaner, etc. So I knew I had to put a finish on it. I was dreading using a poly or lacquer because of the toxic fumes and being stuck inside my house to work on this. After some research I tried Safecoat Acrylacq which a water based, low VOC, environmentally friendly lacquer type sealer. I had to purchase this online because no local dealers here..boo. I used two coats for this. This stuff was very low odor and I used it indoors with ventilation and it was just fine. So far it is holding up to use and cleaning. I love love love it and plan on finishing most of my high use pieces with this.
For the finishing touches I drilled a few holes on each side and added a towel bar. I bought a larger drawer pull from Lowes to fit the smaller space. Worked like a charm. Finally, I added a lovely Scandinavian tree tea towel from West Elm to finish it off.
Hope you enjoy it!
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