Antique Library Cart

Thanks for sticking with me! It has been a crazy past few weeks for me and the hubs! I will explain why in a post soon. There are some big changes happening in our lives. But first, how about some furniture love?

To make it even better, how about an antique piece with history and significance?! This is why I love custom projects, because the customer already has a purpose for it and I can help them with the vision they have and bring it to life.


This antique library cart was my client’s mother’s and she used it to keep her cookbooks. It is very special to my client because it brings memories of her mother who is no longer with her. But this old library cart was in need of an update to make it useable for my client’s home.

My client wanted the paint to be ASCP Florence to go with the Hacienda style of the rest of her home, and she brought me a gorgeous stencil from Hobby Lobby she wanted on the side as well. This project was lookin’ good.

After giving the entire cart two coats of Florence, I measured to ensure the stencil was centered and then taped it in place. I used a foam brush to dab on ASCP Old White. The intricacy of the  stencil is wonderful, but I had to be careful to not move the stencil. Not un-fixable, but it would be more difficult to fix!



Whew. It turned out great! I used a medium grit sanding sponge all over the cart to give it age, and the lovely old white paint showed through perfectly. Over the stenciled area I sanded delicately, just enough to distress the paint. To complete it, I waxed it all and staged with a few books of my own.



A library cart like this would be so cute to have as an accent piece in your home. Even the hubs thought it looked great!



I loved how this piece turned out. My favorite part is the history and knowing the special meaning for my client. She picked it up today and loved it. Yay!

Do you have any pieces like this in your home with age and history?

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2 thoughts on “Antique Library Cart

  1. Very nice! Great job with the stencil! Yes, you may recall the stool from Papa’s old pharmacy. It brings me fond memories. It is in dire need of a make-over. Maybe when you come visit? ;)

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