How to Transform an Old TV Cart

HGTV Magazine shares the tips you need to give a dingy TV cart a glamorous makeover.

Transform an Old TV Cart: After

Transform an Old TV Cart: After

HGTV Magazine shows you how to transform an old TV cart.

Photo by: Susan Pittard/Studio D

Susan Pittard/Studio D

Covering the cart in gold leaf will give it a gleaming finish. Follow these steps to recreate the look at home.

What you'll need:

Tools Needed to Transform an Old TV Cart

Tools Needed to Transform an Old TV Cart

HGTV Magazine shows you how to transform an old TV cart.

Photo by: Illustrations by Trina Dalziel

Illustrations by Trina Dalziel

  • 2" natural bristle brush
  • Gold leaf kits
  • Gold leaf sealer
  • Acrylic shelves, cut to fit
  • 4 plastic wheels

Step 1:

Transform an Old TV Cart: Step One

Transform an Old TV Cart: Step One

HGTV Magazine shows you how to transform an old TV cart.

Photo by: Illustrations by Trina Dalziel

Illustrations by Trina Dalziel

Flip the cart over. Remove and discard the wheels. Gently pop out the shelves. Measure the length, width, and thickness of the shelves, and have acrylic ones cut to the same dimensions. (You can order custom-size acrylic from acrylite-shop.com.) Discard the old shelves. Use a rag to remove dirt and dust from the cart.

Step 2:

Transform an Old TV Cart: Step Two

Transform an Old TV Cart: Step Two

HGTV Magazine shows you how to transform an old TV cart.

Photo by: Illustrations by Trina Dalziel

Illustrations by Trina Dalziel

Apply sheets of gold leaf to the cart following the package directions. (You may need two or three kits to cover your cart.) With a natural bristle brush, gently smooth the gold leaf and remove excess flakes. Burnish the gold leaf by gently rubbing it with a clean, soft rag. 

Step 3:

Transform an Old TV Cart: Step Three

Transform an Old TV Cart: Step Three

HGTV Magazine shows you how to transform an old TV cart.

Photo by: Illustrations by Trina Dalziel

Illustrations by Trina Dalziel

To protect the gold leaf and prevent tarnishing, spray the entire cart with gold leaf sealer following the directions on the can. Let dry. Flip the cart over and attach the plastic wheels. Turn the cart right side up, and pop in the acrylic shelves. 

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