CARTS AND TROLLEYS
Moving items from place to place with ease is the hallmark of industrial style. These wheeled wonders modified for home use carry on that brilliant tradition.
Get on a “roll” with carts and racks that can be styled and moved from room to room.
An upstyled media cart becomes an entertaining trolley used to hold dishes, utensils and serving pieces. Move it effortlessly from the kitchen, to the dining room, or to the patio to be most efficient and productive.
A cart can become a central post
wherever you park it. For the media cart, it’s all about farmhouse style and creating a spot that can function as a work space for kitchen tasks or a way to store items used all the time. For a more permanent workstation, add a hanging light fashioned from a wire minnow pail. Create a memo board with magnets and an old piece of farm tin from a slop sink. Upcycle a wire rubbish bin with a wash of blue paint and a cargo of fresh produce like red potatoes.
A shoe rack from a footwear factory easily holds serving pieces for outdoor entertaining. This movable pantry is at home in the kitchen or out of the way rolled into a back hall.
LEFT: A welder’s cart takes on a decidedly metro look with a vintage typewriter, old cameras and baskets and tins for storage. BELOW: A metal panel with numbered clips becomes an instant memo board for favorite old ephemera. OPPOSITE: Turn any piece into a rolling cart by adding wheels. This galvanized box is a storage/coffee table that can roll from room to room.
“Style, display and easily roll away—once you’ve had a cart with wheels, you will always be ‘on a roll.’ ”— MATTHEW MEAD
POP A WHEELIE You needn’t be a real welder to add wheels. Use an epoxy-style welding compound to attach wheels to almost any piece of furniture. Paint the underside of the caster base with the glue and follow the manufacturer’s directions for drying.
LE UPSTY --- IT --- Turn a hotel trolley into a movable laundry center.
OPPOSITE: A metro shelf added to a luggage rack holds detergent and cleaners. Old baskets and barrels will tote clean and dirty clothes. ABOVE: A metal shopping cart was plucked from a grocery chain going out of business. Here, it holds pillows and fabrics but could be used for dozens of items that need easy moving. RIGHT: Hotel industry items like trolleys and room service carts show up at flea markets quite regularly. A room service cart in stainless steel is a natural bar in any room of the house.
A rolling cart is a perch for seasonal style—just add flowers, a bowl of fresh fruit and linens that are used every day. In a pinch, roll the whole thing table- side for easy place settings.
Hang laundered clothes here.
Store seasonal items in an old grocery cart or corral clothes to be laundered.