Throw Back Tuesday, Vintage Metal Carts

I tend to find something I like and then buy it up in excess, which my husband reminds me is also known as “hoarding”.
Case in point, when I went through a vintage school chairs phase.
Then there was that time I had 4 wingback chairs stock piled in my garage.
I also bought three dressers on Craigslist, not because I needed them, but because I thought they had great lines and I planned to refinish then sell them.
My name is Michelle and I have furniture hoarding tendencies.

Little by little I’m letting go of things.
I’m realizing I’m going to be an old lady one day surrounded, not by cats, but by 100 vintage school chairs.
Actually not that grim of vision if you ask me.

In order to clear out for my son’s bedroom makeover, I’m letting go of another item I have way too many of.
I love these vintage school metal carts. The more beat up, the better.

I’ve done almost every fathomable thing I can think to do with them.
I’ve repainted them and turned them in to bar carts…

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I’ve also made them kid friendly…


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Tell you don’t want a vintage cart in every room in your house now.


$35. gets you a green metal cart, with some vintage rust.  Acrylic protector for top included.  The paper top is removable.  Local pickup in SLC, UT only.
Who’s taking it? Email me at: smhinckley (at) yahoo (dot) com.

DIY backyard PVC projects.

One more month until summer break is over.
Half of me is lamenting elementary school homework again but the other half is doing cartwheels to get boys back on a consistent schedule (that and if I hear my men say, “I know you are but what am I?” to each other one more time I’m gonna loose it).

Towards the beginning of the summer we had the wonderful opportunity of participating in another one of Home Depot’s Style Challenge again.  This time it was all about the Outdoor Games Style Challenge.  Our challenge…make an outdoor game out of PVC pipes from Home Depot.  Well we didn’t make just one.   Oh no, we went a little nuts-o and made three!


First project we made was a bigger and better version of our original PVC sprinkler / car wash.  This time we added another extension and made it a double.

PVC Sprinkler

Next up we put together a DIY PVC Volleyball water game.  It works best with a balloon.


Whoever gets the ball or balloon wet looses the point, the rule is simple (unless you’re playing with an older brother who tends to make up new rules as the game goes along).

The last DIY project we made … a PVC Water Balloon Catapult.


It marries three things boys love.  Speed, destruction and competition.  Put a balloon in, pull down the lever and let it launch.  A serious neighborhood hit.

Head on over to the Home Depot Apron Blog for our complete instructions on putting each project together.

home depot apron

Bedroom selections and finishes.

3 years is plenty long of living with the mattress on the floor, graffiti on the walls and a changing table in the corner.
It’s way past due for us to get our act together and create a grown up bedroom.

The room has transformed in to a color scheme of navy, green, white, gold and wood tones.
My sweet mom drove up from Vegas to help take over DIY’ing the bed, pillows and curtains. To say she is amazingly talented is an understatement.
I finally have momentum behind the room and baby it feels good!


Upholstered wing bed (inspired by Williams Sonoma Presidio Bed): 19% D.I.Y., 81% D.I.M. (Do It Mom).
Leaning floor mirror: Design Inspiration-Room and Board, DIY’d by Dennis.
Curtain Rod: West Elm
Navy Fabrics: / Green Velvet: Home Fabrics
Chandelier: School House Electric
Bedside Tables: Garage sale find, then painted green.
Bedding: School House Electric
Stencil: Stencils Online, Inspired by: Dwell Wallpaper.