Coral and Tiger Striped Bar Cart {Roadside Rescue}

Were you looking for trash to treasure today?

It is the first Friday of the month. Where is the trash to treasure?

I’m sorry to disappoint you,  but there is no trash to treasure installment this month.

With the holiday season going on, things are crazy for us bloggers.

You will get your trash to treasure next month though. I promise.

This roadside rescue will have to suffice today, which is kind of trash to treasure anyway, right?

I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Dun, dun, dun, dun.

Dun, dun, dun.

Risin’ up back on the street

Did my time, took my chances

Coral & Tiger Striped Bar Cart via #barcart #roadsiderescue

I hope you clued in to those lyrics. If you did, you know I think you are fabulous.

I was most definitely playing the “Eye of the Tiger” while doing this project.

With the exception of the toy chest makeover with the small stenciled birds, this was my first bigger stencil project.

And it was a success.

The cart was left alongside the road with that metal cabinet I turned into craft storage. From the beginning, I knew it was going to make a fabulous bar cart.

Coral & Tiger Striped Bar Cart via #barcart #roadsiderescue

After sanding a few rusty spots and getting aluminum foil unstuck that had been there for no telling how long, I gave it a coat of primer, then a few coats of coral spray paint.

After it was good and dry, I used the tiger stripe stencil from Royal Designs Studio to bling out the top shelf.

Coral & Tiger Striped Bar Cart via #barcart #roadsiderescue

I could have centered the stencil and then came back on the other side to fill it in, but I liked the thought of an off centered tiger stripe.

I’m wierd like that.

You know, I love me some gold. So, of course, the stripes would have to be gold.

Coral & Tiger Striped Bar Cart via #barcart #roadsiderescue

I also used the Royal Designs brand of paint for the stenciling in Antique Gold, as well as their brush. I was super impressed with this paint and brush. It took one coat and I hardly used any paint at all. You just dab your brush into the paint, then dab off almost all of it.

Coral & Tiger Striped Bar Cart via #barcart #roadsiderescue

The stencil was simple to use as well!

Coral & Tiger Striped Bar Cart via #barcart #roadsiderescue

I may or may not have squealed a little after I saw how fab the tiger stripe looked.

Coral & Tiger Striped Bar Cart via #barcart #roadsiderescue

I used antique gold Rub ‘N Buff* along the legs.

Coral & Tiger Striped Bar Cart via #barcart #roadsiderescue

Coral & Tiger Striped Bar Cart via #barcart #roadsiderescue

And isn’t she styled so fabulously?

Coral & Tiger Striped Bar Cart via #barcart #roadsiderescue

Coral & Tiger Striped Bar Cart via #barcart #roadsiderescue

I’m going to show you all those little details next week.

Oh, and did you notice where she is?

Coral & Tiger Striped Bar Cart via #barcart #roadsiderescueYep, right under the buck head. Wanna have a drink with the buck?

Coral & Tiger Striped Bar Cart via #barcart #roadsiderescue

Humorous disclosure: This bar cart made it about two hours before the circus noticed her. At that point, I quickly removed all items from it. This stylish bar cart is now currently being pushed up and down the hall by the circus. Maybe I am training her right after all. Now, if I could just get her to slow down so that I could actually make it a bar cart again and teach her to mix a drink.

The Eye of the Tiger….

Need a fun party wreath to go along with that bar cart? Check this one out. 

Real Disclosure: Royal Designs Studio supplied me with the stencil and supplies for this project. However, all opinions and references to the circus are 100% mine.

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  1. Lindsay says


    Oh oh oh.

    Oh Jenna.

    That is… gorgeous. A true, amazing work of art.

    I am in love with it. The coral, the gold, the tiger stripe…. I love it all.

    I also notice there are two drinks on the cart. I will be right over.



  2. says

    Oh my goodness! I feel like I say this all the time about your creations, but I mean it! I would have loved to have come across this cart on the side of the road. How cute!!! I love it.

  3. chris aka monkey says

    you crack me up…. between circus and grunt labor i giggle the whole time i am reading your blog…. love the bar cart xx

  4. says

    Sometimes I wonder if your my 4th sister…we seriously collect the same junk off of the side of the road! Lol!! I have a metal cart I pulled from a trash pile just waiting for a makeover!

  5. says

    Love this make-over! The colors are perfect , I need to try that gold paint .in the past the golds I have used are never vibrant enough . Thanks for sharing :)

  6. says

    Wow, girl. You and your “furniture” transformations…so dramatic! So chic! So entertaining to read about. And I love that daughter has hijacked this cart for the circus. It’s the tiger stripes that just make it so fitting for such endeavors! And the lovely coral color. Stunning!

  7. says

    This is so unbelievably fabulous. Believe I owned the original years ago and yes it was the fine harvest gold color. Kept some sort of grille on the top and a crock pot underneath, I recall. Never could have dreamed it could look like this. Great job!


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