Thursday, May 26, 2011

Goodwill Microwave Cart turned {Sweet} Lemonade Stand

Recently, I shared with you some Goodwill finds for the week.  Among them was this microwave cart I got for 6 bucks.


My kids, as well as the other kids on the street love nothing more than to spend entire Saturdays during the summer setting up a lemonade stand in front of our house.  This usually involves dragging various furniture items from our house to the front yard, and then having to drag them all back in at the end of the day.  This year, I decided to stop the insanity.  Why not have a cart on wheels that can be stored in the garage when not in use? (Cuz ya'll who know me, know I have so much room to spare in my garage!) 

I thought this project would take me several days, but I actually managed to complete it in just a day.  First I primed my cart and then sprayed it down with two coats of Krylon's Blue Ocean Breeze.

Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze 5 Ball Decorator Aerosol Paint

If you've never tried this color, it is awesome!


The super helpful guy working in the lumber section of Home Depot was nice enough to let me take the leftover trim people had cut in the store home for free!  Perfect for the poles I needed to make the top!

You wouldn't believe how hard it is to find a chalkboard these days.  All they have are whiteboards everywhere you go!  So, I had some leftover luan from the pantry project and a can of chalkboard paint from another project.  Using an exacto knife, I was able to trim the luan to the size I needed.  I gave it three coats of chalkboard paint and attached it to the back of the cart.

Krylon I00807 Chalkboard Aerosol Spray Paint 12-Ounce Black

Remember those cute fabrics I got at Ben Franklin?




I used these to make the little banner and awning.  Then, I used my Cricut to cut out "Lemonade" in white vinyl.




I picked up the Tiki sign, flip-flop towels, and flamingo all from the dollar aisle at Target.  I also purchased the lemonade pitcher there as well, and added some polka dots and lettering using pink and white vinyl.





What do ya think?  I just love it!



And, the cabinet and little shelf on the back are great for storing all those necessary supplies!


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52 comments:

Kelli @ RTSM said...

That is too cute! I love the penants and the flamingo is so fun:)

Jamie Thompson said...

Eeeek so adorable!!!! I love it! I wish we had a more "active" neighborhood to do something like this. Although it would be great fun to just have!

Ruth Ann said...

This is sooo adorable! We had the same microwave cart, and I'm hoping it's still in our garage and not thrown away! I wish we lived on a street that got a lot of traffic. But your project has inspired me to try to figure out something else I can turn it into! Possibly some sort of puppet theater? Thanks for the inspiration!
-Ruth Ann

missbmckay said...

What an awesome idea! I have come across these carts so many times. You're a genius!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

adorable! i love the colors, the bunting.... it's too cute!

Rebecca said...

What a great use for the stand. I bet the kids love it. I love the banner and decorative touches you added.

I like RuthAnn's comment about using it as a puppet theater too, maybe over the winter?

bethany said...

what a sweet, sweet project!! it turned out great! i was anticipating this post after you mentioned it in your goodwill finds post. absolutely adorable!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I think this is about the cutest thing I've seen all day!! Just precious. I do love that color. :) Hope they make lots of sales!!!

Thanks for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. :) Hope you'll visit Serenity Now again soon!

Laura said...

That is just brilliant! I love the color (and the adorable lemonade salespeople!) I have a Goodwill right around the corner, I'm going to be stalking it for a similar cart.

I'd love if you linked this up to my Summer Fun party.

http://cometogetherkids.blogspot.com/2011/05/summer-fun-party.html

Becky@Organizing Made Fun said...

You are so smart! What an ingenius idea! I'm sure your girls are delighted with that cute lemonade stand!

Becky B.
www.organizingmadefun.com
Organizing Made Fun

nila1920 said...

so creative!!! the colors you chose are perfect!! good job:D

Michelle {Daydream Believers} said...

This is SO adorable! The neighborhood kids must be ecstatic! :) Such a clever idea and the styling is just perfect! Great job! :)

Sweet Craft Cakes said...

What a sweet stand thanks for sharing! Smiles~ Noelle

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Turned out great, excellent use for that microwave cart.

Shannon said...

This is the cutest Lemonade stand I've ever seen! My girls would love this I think I will be on the hunt for one now. Great job!

Heidi said...

I LOVE your cart! The funny thing is that I showed my daughter the boring microwave cart and asked if she wanted one....assuming she would say no. She said it would be great for her art stuff. What? I can't wait for her to get older and see how creative her brain will be!

Thanks for sharing your idea. My kids have been wanting to do a lemonade stand for ages and I want to do it "right." This is it. Would it be possible for you to post details on how you made the roofing?

Thanks!

Heidi

Christina said...

So what do you think of that Krylon spray paint? I am getting ready to paint my daughter's headboard white and think that's the route I will go.

COFFEE. CLEAN. CUPCAKE. said...

omg omg omg omg! We JUST had a lemonade stand this weekend (where the kids made TWENTY EIGHT DOLLARS! WOOT WOOT!) and I happen to have an old microwave cart (that I have "stored" outside wasting away for 2 years) trying to think if I should re-purpose it as a mini-potting bench or junk it!! I am so excited! Thank you for your fabulous idea!!

Confessions of a Multitasking Momma said...

WoW ... how awesome. We could get plenty of play with this idea; Great job; thanks for sharing.

aurorafedora said...

that is SO clever and SO cute!!!!
i may just have to make one of these for my grandson!

Staci J said...

I was just talking to my daughter tonight about how we were gonna make a lemonade stand for this summer:) Your stand is darling!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

Emily @SweetlyScrapped said...

Wow! That is simply fantastic! LOVE it! I see these all the time, even on the side of the road for free. I have a 9 year old little girl who LOVES doing her lemonade stand! Thanks so much for sharing :)

Rachel at Sun Scholars said...

That is amazing! How creative of you, oh my gosh. I love it! I have that exact same cabinet in my garage right now.. ha ha... and to think I could have made that into a lemonade stand?! Awesome!

I would LOVE for you to share this at my For the Kids link party! Come join the fun!!

http://sunscholars.blogspot.com/2011/05/for-kids-friday-12.html

Petals said...

I have events during the summer at my shop and this would make the perfect "summer" prop out on the sidewalk. Thanks for the share!!

Less Is More said...

AWESOME! I love it. What a great idea!

Cindy
keepitsimpleyay.blogspot.com

Amy Gilman and Emily Lee (Sisters of the Wild West) said...

GREAT IDEA. I SEE THESE ALL THE TIME AT GOODWILL AND GARAGE SALES. THANKS FOR SHARING!

April said...

This is SO ADORABLE!!

Rachel at Sun Scholars said...

SURPRISE!!!! This amazing post has been featured at this week's For the Kids Link Party at Sun Scholars. Thanks so much for sharing, and be sure to stop by and grab an A++ button for your blog! I can't wait to see what you have for us this week! Party is now posted... so hop on by!

http://sunscholars.blogspot.com/2011/06/for-kids-friday-13.html

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Amy - Your lemonade stand is simply adorable!! What an awesome transformation. Fabulous job! Thank you so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party. I featured this on Sunday! Hope you have a lovely week ~ Stephanie Lynn

Athena said...

Seriously LOVE THIS! I was at Costco last week and they had a stand extremely similar to this on markdown for $50 way more then I am willing to pay but my girls really wanted it. Now I need to find something similar to make our own, they will be so pleased. Also this is a lot more sturdier then the Costco version.

Mallory said...

How adorable!! Such a great idea and would be so fun for parties!

Beth Ann said...

This is so cute! My daughter is going to love this idea! I guess I have my next "project" before summer is over. So inspiring. I love Ballard Designs inspiration too!

Sunnyside Dru said...

That is adorable! Such a great use of a microwave cart!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a great way to upcycle! I love your cart!

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