My New Green Cart

A few weeks ago, my husband Mike had spent half a Saturday helping our neighbors set up a wood play area in their backyard.

In my day, they were called swing sets but now they are fancier and can do everything from babysit your children to doing your taxes.

They had acquired it for free which is a huge deal but they needed help picking it up and assembling it, which my husband was happy to do.

In addition to giving him beer, they sent him home with a metal cart that they no longer needed and were going to throw away.

Now this you need to know; my husband is an acquirer of junk. I say this lovingly.

No, I don’t. 

He will come in the garage door every week and say things like WOW LOOK AT THE NEW HOSE I FOUND ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD!



He comes by it honestly, with his dad being a hoarder of all things meaningful and not.

Mike comes home from his parents with lots of crap.  Because in all reality, they want to get rid of it. Or spread the insanity to me because they know that drives me crazy.

So when I walked into the garage a few weeks ago and saw the metal cart, I was startled because this is what met me:


The metal cart that met my eyes in the garage

Isn’t it a beaut?


Now, a normal reaction would be me rolling this to the curb for garbage day but I actually took to the little fella.

I fell in love with my new cart

Yes, it is a little rough around the edges but so am I at times.

But I saw its potential.

I saw its potential

Shelves, wheels, metal.
All things I really like in furniture.

I should feel right at ease when I am wheeled into the nursing home. 

But this was the real reason I kept the metal cart; it reminded me of a coveted cart I have had my eyes on for years at IKEA.

My coveted IKEA cart

The RASKOG Trolley.

And ugly name for a pretty piece of furniture.

But these babies were like 40 bucks and I never could justify buying it without knowing what in the hell I would put in those baskets.

So I decided I was going to turn my crappy metal cart into a thing of magic.

All of the RASKOG carts will bow down to my crappy metal cart and be in awe of it.

Sanding our metal cart

After a little work, of course.

And a little spray paint too

And a little Ocean Mist spray paint.

My crappy little metal cart turned into something pretty amazing.

I love my new green metal cart

Yes it’s the same metal cart.

My beautiful green metal cart

Even better than a RASKOG because it has shelves that are larger.

Look at my homemade IKEA RASKOG cart!

It’s a thing of beauty now.

I can’t stop looking at it.

I even Googled “IKEA name generator” so I could name my homemade RASKOG cart.


It came up with the name SVICKLACK.

Which I believe translates to “uncontrollable diarrhea” in Swedish.

Trash to Treasure IKEA RASKOG


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44 thoughts on “My New Green Cart

  1. Marcia

    omg! You did a great job! I have a beige metal 1950’s typewriter stand that sure does need a coat of paint….now that I see how freakin’ awesome something meh can be with just some paint! Thank you for the inspiration once again!

    1. Kari Post author

      I am so glad I can help! Spray paint is the best way to change anything. I really think when I get old and wrinkly I am going to be asked to be spray painted.

  2. Andrea

    Holy Svicklack Batman!!! This looks like just the cure for your Gilmore hangover. Good for you for not judging this sweet cart by it’s gnarly yellow top. A fabulous svicklack in the rough!
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  3. KWolff

    I’m digging the entire makeover! I have the little RASKOG cart that was a birthday gift years ago. It’s perfect for holding my craft paint and such. But your fancy new cart can hold so much more! The styling of it is fabulous. Seriously – I’m loving it! Nice job. 😀

  4. jessie

    You are awesome! I suck with a can of spray paint. Boy do I have some sadly painted furniture your husband could come get. We threw throw cloths over it….you are amazing. I love your eye, which sounds funny but YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

  5. Valerie

    I love it! The color is fabulous. Your humor makes me laugh. I always come away from your blog smiling. =)

  6. Heather

    Too funny!! I love it! And I too have coveted that same IKEA cart… We are hoarders of cast offs too… and I know just the brown and gold cart hiding in my closet waiting for a fresh coat of paint… Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Tania

    Wow, it turned out great! Those go for big bucks in the antique mall where I have my spaces… over $100.00! I love the color you chose.


  8. Margy

    I found a 60s style bedside table with two drawers at the thrift store for $4. I gave it a coat of royal blue spray paint and it is perfect in my bathroom to hold our medical supplies and my husband’s hair trimmer. Spray paint can transform lots of things. I just painted two half 55 gallon barrels hunter green to match the trim to our cabin to make large planters for my growing blueberry bushes. The barrel was a free discard so that was two large planters for the cost of a can of paint. I did find that the spray paint with primer included did not stick as well on plastic as it did on wood. – Margy

    1. Kari Post author

      This is what I love about spray paint! It can transform so many things!
      Painting plastic is a lot harder than wood or even metal for that matter.

  9. Carol

    I LOVE this!! Now I want your husband to find me a metal cart! This would be great for storing my kids’ library books, toys and other crap! 🙂

  10. Michelle

    All the RASKOG carts in the world will bow (or is that bowel) down to your little SVICKLACK cart. She’s gorgeous Kari. Good on you and hubby for recognizing her potential.

  11. Carol ("Mimi")

    Your makeover of this rolling cart with the green spray paint is super! I’m old enough to remember when those metal rolling carts were present in many, many kitchens. You really brought yours back to life, and it’s functional and attractive for a long time to come.
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    1. Kari Post author

      My Gramma had one of those in her farmhouse a long time ago. I love “vintage” items. I am a “vintage” item, so that might be why.

    2. Kari Post author

      By the way, I just visited your blog and LOVE it so much. You aren’t on Bloglovin so I am not able to follow your posts. 🙁 But I wanted to let you know that my daughters call my mom Mamie so I feel a kinship with you. 🙂

  12. allison

    I thought coffee was going to shoot out of my nose at your new Swedish name. That made the post even better for me! I have a new idea for the cart in my garage. Thank you!!

    1. Kari Post author

      I love that coffee almost shot out of your nose. And I mean that in the best possible way. I want to see pictures of your new cart! 🙂