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Diy, thrifty home decor decorating ideas on a budget. Painting furniture, stenciling projects. Turning trash to treasure.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

1980's microwave cart score at GOODWILL and Newbie party started.

At least that is what I think this is, or was.
  I found it during my last trip to Goodwill.  
It was only $ 5.00.  Now what I was going to do with it?
 I had no clue. 
 That is usually the way my projects start out. CLUELESS!
This year Jack wanted a small laptop for his birthday instead of a party.  Seeing we are all on the computer at one time or another, I thought it was a good idea.  Saves me from the heartache of brothers fighting over computer time.
Now I needed a safe keeping for it.
Pretty ugly.
I cleaned it up real good with my disinfectant and krud cutter.
Now that I am on the very last drop of my chalk paint, duck egg blue.
I thought this is a great color for Jack's room.

This was the first time I have used the dark wax. NOT a fan of it at all. To me it makes it look dirty.
But this was perfect for Jack's room, because it usually is a dirty mess.


I love this mini globe I scored for him at our Local humane society thrift store.


I try to instill in Jack the importance of education, reading writing, etc.
He is my tough one when it comes to academics.
He would rather be fishing...


No joke, he told me the other day he wants to be a professional fisherman.  He said "MOM I can make
25,000 off of one fish"
OK Jack "Dream Big"....


No worries for you kiddo, your college is paid for, you can actually go to a University if you want...


"Don't worry Mom", you can always find me at the dock of the bay...


And there is the tale of my 1980's microwave cart.
It holds Jack's college certificate, laptop and some special trinkets that were my Gramps!

Now let'sparty!~

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66 Comments:

Blogger Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

That piece certainly looks like more that $5 after you got through with it! The finish is perfect for Jack's room! You are the bargain and paint queen for sure!

July 31, 2011 at 6:10 PM  
Blogger laurie said...

wow, thats such a great idea and it turned out great,, does he like it?I took one of those to the dump,, set it to the side in case someone wanted it.I wonder if it turned into something like this,, great job!!

July 31, 2011 at 6:16 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Love it, great job! XO ~LIZ

July 31, 2011 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger Icy BC said...

I love what you did with the cart! Now, I'll be looking out for this type of thing as my little boy needs some furniture in his room..

July 31, 2011 at 6:23 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

It looks great, love your son's room. And thanks for the info on the paint:-)

July 31, 2011 at 6:23 PM  
Blogger Deneen said...

I know what you mean about the dark wax! Great transformation though!

July 31, 2011 at 6:23 PM  
Blogger Something Nice and Pretty said...

A really neat idea Deb! I don't know how many I've seen like yours at GW, just never knew what to do with them! Turned out great for Jack's room!

July 31, 2011 at 6:34 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Someone told me they mix a tablespoon of the dark wax with regular minwax and works great, not so dark. Love the little table. Great $5.00 fix up.

July 31, 2011 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger Allison@FabRehab said...

I can't believe that's the same piece!! Love it...and your son is adorable. So handsome!

July 31, 2011 at 6:36 PM  
Blogger Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

It looks fabulous!

July 31, 2011 at 6:40 PM  
Blogger linda said...

i love the idea and you can roll it around how good is that it looks great :)hey jack could be a caption of a ship you never know:)

July 31, 2011 at 6:47 PM  
Blogger ❀❀❀Ðαωᾔ❀❀❀ said...

You already know I love the duck egg blue, but I also love the dark wax. Gives it an more weathered with time look. Great score for $5.

July 31, 2011 at 6:49 PM  
Blogger Daniella said...

Awesome job with the cart!! And good for Jack! He has a dream! My son thinks he will be in the NBA. Why not? That is what being 12 is all about, right?

And thank you Debbie for everything you have done for me!! You are an awesome person and I am so lucky to have found you!!
xxDaniella

July 31, 2011 at 7:00 PM  
Blogger Renegades said...

Wow the transformation is amazing. Very nice job.

July 31, 2011 at 7:01 PM  
Blogger ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

What an awesome transformation, you never seem to surprise me Debbie!! Love it and I bet Jack does too! Thanks for hosting my friend! I think this might be the last time I can join :( next week marks 6months of blogging for me! I can't thank you enough for all the help and publicity your newbie party gave me!! You Rock Debbie! Martina xo

July 31, 2011 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger poppilinnstudios said...

Hahahaha! I still have that old microwave cart from the 80's sitting here! :O I knew I could revive it! Just wasn't sure what to do with it. Good thing I didn't throw it away! Thanks the inspiration!
-Lynn

July 31, 2011 at 7:20 PM  
Blogger Wendy@~Chez~La~De~da~ said...

I see those carts all over, but I didn't think you could paint them...well I was wrong! Awesome!

Your son is funny~If he decides NOT to go to college, tell him to send the money down here cuz I picked up an extra teenager and we could use help with college ~Giggle~

Oh still working on the button...UGH (well gave up for awhile)
~~Wendy

July 31, 2011 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

Very clever, Debbie! You have great vision for seeing beyond what a piece of furniture was originally designed for, and turning into something functional and fabulous!

July 31, 2011 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger Ivy and Elephants said...

The cart is unrecognizable! You did a fab job, hope your handsome son enjoys it.
Hugs,
Patti

July 31, 2011 at 8:13 PM  
Blogger Rosemary@villabarnes said...

An absolute trash to treasure. I love it Debbie.

July 31, 2011 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger laxsupermom said...

Terrific transformation! Love the paint job and the saying. I know a guy who does sport fishing tours who makes a great living. He spends the winters in FL and the summers up in the 1000 islands running fishing charters. Dream Big indeed. Thanks for sharing.

July 31, 2011 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Betsy said...

I love this fabulous trash to treasure transformation. I'm sure Jack is loving it. He sure looks like a happy fisherman!

July 31, 2011 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

That is truly a trash turned treasure project. I see those old microwave carts all the time and I have never given them a second look. It looks fabulous now!

July 31, 2011 at 8:58 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love the cart, Debbie. Perfect for the little fisherman!

July 31, 2011 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Looking great! I almost don't believe that cart started out as "cheesy" as it did, you'd never know it now though. Gotta love the fisherman's mentality...it's precious!

July 31, 2011 at 9:23 PM  
Blogger ☆☆Mumsy said...

I love your son's room! It looks fantastic and that cart serves such a great purpose.

July 31, 2011 at 9:36 PM  
Blogger ❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀ said...

Great story about your sweet son Jack. I love the picture of him with the large fish. lol

I'm impressed on how you revamped the cart. DREAM BIG!
It's so perfect with the blue chalk paint and dark wax!

Dee

July 31, 2011 at 10:18 PM  
Blogger Mariette said...

Dearest Debbie,

That was a great find and it turned out perfect for Jack's room! Congrats on doing such a job.
I'm all with you for turning the word verification off on a blog...
By the way, did you read my previous blog about how you can place 5 LinkWithin Related Posts with Thumbnails on your blog? http://bit.ly/nGfu9F
Would be perfect for your high traffic blog! Mine generates about 50-70 different posts being read daily.
Have a great week ahead and lots of love,

Mariette

July 31, 2011 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

Cool beans- who would know it was a nasty ol' microwave cart in its previous life? What does Jack think of it? I did my first chalk paint project this weekend. I think I am a drop-out! Should I sand before or after waxing? I've seen 2 tutorials- one sanding before and one sanding after waxing. I didn't get the look everyone else seems to get. aagghh... Maybe I should stick to styling and decorating and leave painting to the talented people! LOL

July 31, 2011 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

That turned out so fun, Debbie...love the sentiment...and Jack may be that professional fisherman one day!

July 31, 2011 at 10:50 PM  
Blogger Carol-Anne (Use the Good Dishes!) said...

Love the comment about how your son's room is always dirty anyway! Mine too! Thanks for always hosting the newbie's party...can't believe I now have too much time/followers to attend! But I really appreciated the effort and the help you gave me by hosting it when I could attend. Thanks so much.

July 31, 2011 at 11:21 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

Wow, great job with the cart! I have been away from blogging and you ladies are inspiring me to start blogging again. I love how you added "Dream Big" to the cart.
Thanks for sharing.
Sandra

July 31, 2011 at 11:28 PM  
Blogger Mariette said...

Dearest Debbie,

You are quite welcome! Glad you got it done in a split second. Your blog deserves this extra exposure.
Your grandfather, who nick-named you must be smiling down from heaven...
Lots of love,

Mariette

July 31, 2011 at 11:31 PM  
Blogger Miss Kitty said...

Dear Debbie, thanks for hosting this newbie party every week. I think this will be my last post since I am over 100 followers now. I found a new newbie blogger today while looking at party posts and told her to come over here and join in on the newbie fun. I will still be lurking and commenting on posts at the Newbie Party.

August 1, 2011 at 12:11 AM  
Blogger Terrie said...

Cool re-do. Dream big and "Big dream". A fishman's life living in a tranqulity bay is my dream. Sweet boy.

August 1, 2011 at 12:13 AM  
Blogger The Polka Dot Closet said...

Debbie, the desk is darling! I bought my son the prepaid Florida 4 year collage when he was 9 for $2300, the best investment I ever made!

Carol

August 1, 2011 at 12:27 AM  
Blogger Jemsmom said...

I am so bad. I would have been like, "What the heck would I do with that?!?" and look at you. It is awesome! You truly have a gift!

August 1, 2011 at 12:42 AM  
OpenID Pat said...

It's a great makeover, Debbie!

I was wondering how I would feel about the dark wax on my little project, done last week. I went ahead and posted it, although it still has some work to be done. I want to darken the sanded edges, but wondered how the dark wax would do against the white finish. I am afraid it might make the cabinet appear dirty, rather than "aged".

August 1, 2011 at 3:16 AM  
Blogger Gail said...

That looks amazing Debbie! I just got my Annie Sloan paint on Friday and can't wait to get started on all my furniture pieces. I have a whole room to do...wish me luck!

Have a wonderful day,
Gail

August 1, 2011 at 6:07 AM  
Blogger -Kasey said...

What a great transformation. Happy Monday! :)

August 1, 2011 at 6:14 AM  
Blogger PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

You've done another wonderful job on this piece, Debbie! It looks perfect in Jack's room.

August 1, 2011 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

The 1980's never looked this good! Love how your decorated it!

August 1, 2011 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

Debbie you will doo!!...I love the painted napkins on previous post,can't wait to see the tablescape!And this old cart is fantastic,you sure know how to Doo that makeover magic!
Thank you so much for the copy of Country Woman magazine,I posted about on my blog,YOU ARE MY CELEBRITY,BLOG-BUDDY!!...I showed MrNeverLazy,he thinks you being published is soooo cool,and I do too!
~JO
LazyonLoblolly

August 1, 2011 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger Wren Daniels said...

Oh my word! I have that same ugly cart! I've gotta get some of that chalk paint! Great job, and I can't believe how clean your son's room is! You must tell me your secret! Oh, and I figured out how to turn that crazy word verification off! woohoo!

August 1, 2011 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

That is GORGEOUS Debbie! We practically gave one of those away that was my brother's in our last yard sale. I guess there is no ugly chalk paint can't fix!

August 1, 2011 at 11:39 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Love what you did with that cart! And Jack sure is a cutie, he may surprise you (as they all do!)

I'm not exactly a newbie and won't be participating in the linky party, but if anyone is listening....I sure would love some painting advice on my latest :)

August 1, 2011 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Your story cracked me up. Don't you just love boys?!?
Great job on the make over. As for the dark wax, it's supposed to make it look old and worn. It's great for showing details on things, if that's the look you're going for. I love it for some things, but not on other things. ;)
Thanks for hosting!

August 1, 2011 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger eleven-o-one said...

Hi Debbie,
I'm so excited to link up with my latest project. Thanks for hosting. Love your fish tale! And the cart looks great. At least your son doesn't want to be a professional monster truck driver!
BTW, link number 51 is a duplicate to number 52. The cropper wasn't working right and it gave me an ugly thumbnail. Thought you might want to delete it.

August 1, 2011 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger Gypsy Heart said...

I'd like to say that this cart probably dates back to the 70's ~ I had one that looks like it. :-) It was a dark finish and let me tell you, the microwave was terribly expensive and weighed a ton! Just a bit of info for you ~ LOL

You did a super job on it and the color looks great in Jack's room. I'm with him re: the fishing. So much more fun than academics. :-) Kids just don't realize the importance of an education...at least not this early in his life.
Hang in there, mama!

xo
Pat

August 1, 2011 at 1:50 PM  
Blogger Gypsy Heart said...

I'd like to say that this cart probably dates back to the 70's ~ I had one that looks like it. :-) It was a dark finish and let me tell you, the microwave was terribly expensive and weighed a ton! Just a bit of info for you ~ LOL

You did a super job on it and the color looks great in Jack's room. I'm with him re: the fishing. So much more fun than academics. :-) Kids just don't realize the importance of an education...at least not this early in his life.
Hang in there, mama!

xo
Pat

August 1, 2011 at 1:50 PM  
Blogger Ricochet said...

I would have never looked at that microwave twice! Great Job, Miss Debbie! Thanks for hosting the newbie party! I've been getting a respectable number of hits from it, and I appreciate all the time you put into it! I seem to have duplicate listing #54 and #55. Not my intention, sorry.
Best,
Rikka J.
Ricochet and Away!

August 1, 2011 at 3:20 PM  
Blogger Ispirato Design said...

Hi Debbie- It's been too long! Had to stop by and see what you've been up to and of course you've whipped up another great project! Jack is a cutie and the stand makeover is awesome- I like the dark wax. Great job!

August 1, 2011 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger Designs By Pinky said...

Debbie, just wanted to give you a heads up but the wording under the entries is not visible??? It is cut in half??? Now, the cart looks great in Jack's room!!!! Great find! XO, Pinky

August 1, 2011 at 5:29 PM  
Blogger Cindy Adkins said...

Oh wow, Deb, you are the queen of awesome repurposing!!! I LOVE Jack's room--it's awesome! I'm so glad you got to see my blog--I was nervous about posting, but thought since it's been a year since the diet started I'd just show how far I got. I hope you're having a fabulous day, my friend.
XO
Cindy

August 1, 2011 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger Loy said...

Thanks again for hosting this wonderful Newbie Party. Even tho I blog recipes, I love to come see all the decorating ideas, especially yours. Today I bring 5 Homemade Salad Dressings. Have a great week.

August 1, 2011 at 6:10 PM  
Blogger xinex said...

Great job on the table,Debbie, turned out really nice. My boy never outgorwn fishing. He still loves to fish....Christine

August 1, 2011 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger Elisabeth said...

Hi Debbie-I clicked over to your blog from "How time Flys" blog and too bad I don't qualify for your Newbie link, but I do love your blog, and all the fabulous thrift finds. You did an amazing job on the microwave rolling table and transformed it to a super cool desk for your son:DDD
I have a blog that started out mostly as "thrift finds" and it evolved into more foods. So happy to see other blogger that follow you that have the same interests!
Will be hanging around here more, since I am following you now.

Please visit my blog, when you get a chance, as well!
elisabeth@foodandthriftfinds

August 1, 2011 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger ~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

PS I was in a visiting mood tonight and went to several of your links! WOW! So many talented new bloggers! Thanks Deb! ♥

August 1, 2011 at 9:45 PM  
Blogger Beverly@southernhomesweethome said...

Debbie what the world?? have been a friend forever and tonight gone! Joined again and it brought up my old pic.

August 1, 2011 at 9:50 PM  
Blogger Erin of HomeSavvyAtoZ.com said...

Thank you for hosting, Debbie! It is great to get a chance to meet a bunch of other newbies!

August 1, 2011 at 10:26 PM  
Blogger ღ Life According To Milo ღ said...

Love your microwave cart fix. : ).. Thanks for hosting the Newbie Party and for following me as well! I appreciate it!

August 2, 2011 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Farmer's Wyfe said...

WoW! Can't BELIEVE it's the same cart!! Amazing!! I love it!! Yes, the wax does make things look rugged; I use the clear first and then just ad a little of the dark in spots and try to work it in, but it does make it look old. I love it esp. for kids' furniture. My kids could never have white furniture: what a mess it would be!! :S

August 2, 2011 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Hey Debbie! I just wanted to share something about the dark wax. I was not fond of it at first either...then I read that you are suppose to put a coat of clear wax on first...don't know if you did this or not, but once I tried that, I liked the dark much better. It was much easier to spread and worked more like a glaze. I love the cart transformation!!! Happy painting!!!

August 2, 2011 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Great find! I love the colors you used for the cart! That is so creative to use a microwave cart as a laptop desk. You have done a wonderful job decorating! I am new here and just wanted to say thanks for hosting this newbie party!

August 3, 2011 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

Awesome as usual my dear! I love the color and the words are wonderful. I have one of those kids too but its my daughter! I am so going to look for one of those carts at the GW! You are an inspiration!

Meg

August 7, 2011 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Farah Muzaffar said...

Perfect like always... you are Master of painting Debb... it looks so perfect for a boy's room
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October 6, 2011 at 12:53 AM  

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