I've been begging customers to send photos of freshvintage purchases in their homes. I get a little sad when we sell something and it - poof! - disappears, never to be seen again. Well, one of our customers finally listened to my plea!
Chris bought this old Nutting Company factory cart last month from an Amish gentleman who used it in his barn. We chose not to restore the cart - we prefer to let customers decide what to do. (HAHAHA. That's funny. You know by now that we are just lazy).
We lugged the cart to Clover Market in September, where a customer named Marc bought it. He wanted to use it as a coffee table, but planned to make a few improvements.
Here's the cart in its new home!
Pretty cool, huh? I've seen them used as coffee tables, but it never seemed practical to me - unless your sofa was six inches off the ground. Marc added legs to give it height, but still kept that rustic, industrial feel of the original cart.
I asked Marc to give us a run-down on his improvements:
"I removed the metal brackets that held the handle and flipped them all over – this way the pipe would not slide through. I purchased new black pipe, 14 inches long, and threaded on one side. I added the couplers on the bottom to give it a little beef to the bottom also to use as a leveler.
I then lightly sanded the entire piece with a 120 grit sandpaper, cleaned it well, and shellacked the entire piece – including the metal to give it that shine. No welding on this piece as I was able to do with just old bolts I had laying around!"
Here's another shot: (I love that rug, too.)
Thanks for sharing, Marc!