Thursday, December 15, 2011

Vintage Industrial Railroad Cart

Hey there everybody!  Is anyone else slightly overwhelmed by the fact that it's almost Christmas?  I'm sure hoping that some of you are as behind as I am?  I always have such great plans to make everyone's gifts, bake cookies with my kiddos, spend time planning teacher appreciation gifts, buy presents, etc., but by this time every December, I've done none of that and I rush to get it all done at the last minute, forgetting what Christmas is about in the first place.  Shame on me.

Somehow I found the time to work on the vintage industrial railroad cart that hubby brought home.  We were so blessed to receive 3 of them as a gift from one of my biggest bread board suppporters.  He gave us three of them and I just couldn't wait to get to work on one of them.  Luckily, it didn't really need much work.  I just cleaned it, sanded it, coated it with Minwax special walnut stain and polyurethaned the top and hardware.  Then we brought it inside to use as a coffee table in our living room.  I have always wanted one of these ever since seeing the ridiculously high priced one at Restoration Hardware.  Here's how it looks in it's new home.
 
We are so excited about this piece and will cherish it forever because it was given to us.

I'm off to catch up with Christmas!  Have a great day everyone!

39 comments:

  1. Great job. Love the nuts on it...reminds me I need to get some more!

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  2. What a perfect coffee table! So Christmassy looking. :)
    love the nuts! Merry Christmas, dear friend.

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  3. Love your railroad cart table....So beautiful!

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  4. very jealous but it looks amazing in your room. smiling while clawing at the screen at the same time.

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  5. It looks so awesome...I want one!

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  6. Your home is beautiful and the decorations are perfection! Happy Holidays!

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  7. That is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! That really looks awesome in your living room!!

    Merry Christmas!

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  8. I feel just...peaceful looking at that living room! I love how you decorated and that cart is just fantastic. I told my husband I wanted one and he's afraid our boys will use it as a "mobile" device, haha. Maybe in a few years! :)
    Hope you can rest and enjoy the season as much as possible!

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  9. My 6 year old son says we have to get one!

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  10. I absolutely LOVE this and your whole room is just gorgeous! It literally could be out of a magazine! Great job and awesome find!!! What are you going to do with the other two? If you decide to sell them, let me know!!!

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  11. This coffee table is awesome! Lovely as always! Congratulations!!

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  12. you lucky girl
    just gorgeous!
    love LOVE love it
    xo

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  13. Perfection! I would love to have one, if your friend has any extra I'd be willing to drive the distance to get it (seriously!))

    XOXO,
    Judy

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  14. I love it! You are one lucky lady :)

    ~ Carla

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  15. You did a great job fixing it up, Diana. I like the rich colour and it looks great in your gorgeous room.

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  16. Diana, it is gorgeous!! It looks perfect in your room. I also love your Christmas tree!

    I thought I was going to take it slow this December, relax and enjoy the season. NOT! This cabinet painting deal set me back and now I feel the rush and I don't want that. I want to relax, enjoy and remember the reason for the season. I hope you can too!

    xo
    Pat

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  17. Looks great maybe I should bring mine inside.

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  18. It's just perfect!!!!! Looks fantastic. Love how the stain/finish looks on it.

    Jen
    athomeinthenorthwest.blogspot.com

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  19. Thanks sweet Pat! Saun, yes, bring it inside. :) Jen, thanks! :)

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  20. What a wonderful early Christmas present!!! It is simply stunning and perfect in your lovely home!!

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  21. IT'S SO GORGEOUS!!! You are so blessed girl. :) Merry Christmas!
    xo,
    Shannon

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  22. Gorgeous! I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!! And I'm right there with you girl on Christmas...ALWAYS have good intentions, but it just creeps up so darn fast!!! Still have so much to do!

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  23. Hi Diana. This might be my first visit to your blog and I don't know why I haven't found you sooner! Oh my goodness you home is beautiful! Please tell me your camera settings for above because I'd do anything to get shots like that. Wow!

    That cart is amazing too, such a special piece for you. It fits perfectly.

    P.S. I'm no where near ready either. Fret not! We'll enjoy the season regardless!

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  24. Found you via White on Rice! Love, love, love your stuff!!!

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  25. I absolutely love it, Diana! What a treasure....

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  26. Love your home and your blog. I am now a follower. I love the way you have decorated for Christmas. Also love all the burlap and white, two of my favorite things.

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  27. Absolutely GORGEOUS!!! and congrats on the new shop.. what a GREAT place for you guys! I know it's going to be a wonderful success. Everything that touches your hand is made more beautiful, so how could it not.

    Blessing and Merry Christmas girl!
    Sasha

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  28. I wish I had a friend like yours! What an amazing gift, but you so deserve it Diana.

    Wishing you and your family a blessed holiday season and very Merry Christmas!

    Judy

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  29. Love it! The whole room looks so nice and i love your tree...so pretty!

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  30. Diana,

    I just found your blog a few months ago, and I love your home! It's so pretty and peaceful. We are working on home renovations and have hardwood floors throughout that need refinishing. I like the look of the darker wood. What is the color of the stain on your floors? Thanks so much.
    Michelle

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  31. Hi Michelle, I'm not certain because we didn't stain the floors ourselves but I believe they used special walnut colored stain. Thank you! :)

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  32. Girl, just gotta say... your photos could be in a magazine!! Love love love!
    Merry Christmas... so glad I found you this year! YOu're always such an inspiration.
    Blessings for the year to come!
    Sasha

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  33. Wow! I just found your blog... I LOVE your railroad cart! I have been lusting after those for awhile now, but can't justify the Retoration Hardware price.

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  35. Did you have to level any of the end wheels? The carts I have are uneven, and I have to make adjustments.

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Charm-City-Farmhouse-Antiques-and-Vintage-Goods/240029592756238

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  36. are the walls in your kitchen also elmira white?

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