After taking it apart, I set about getting rid of the rust. Did you know you can get rid of rust by wetting aluminum foil with water and scrubbing? I kid you not, it works like a charm.
After a little bit of elbow grease, the legs were good as new. Then I sanded the trays to remove the spilled paint and rust the best that I could. Next came a coat of primer.
Then it was multiple coats of red gloss spray paint. I took the extra time to lightly sand between coats. I usually skip this step because I am in such a big hurry. This time, I made myself slow down. It makes a huge difference in the final finish. After three coats, I put it back together an started the fun step of decorating.
The cookie cutters came from two different places. The red ones were from that crazy garage sale where I paid $5 for a box of random things. (You can read about that here.) The vintage metal ones came from this junk store Thrift Chick and I love to stop in and pick. I paid 50 cents for 6 old metal cutters. I recently saw the same ones for $4 each! The cow creamer is not vintage. I got it at Tuesday Morning. I couldn't resist because it is just so kitschy.
I have recently gotten interested in vintage textiles. They are pretty pricey. These tablecloths are just things I have picked up on those half off Saturday estate sales when the real antiques have been picked the day before. On the plus side, I haven't paid over a couple of dollars for any of them. The yellow cracker tin is really cool. The lid has a glass knob filled with crystals. It was designed to keep your snacks crispy and dry. The lid is heated in the oven until the knob turns bright blue. It keeps everything nice and dry until it turns pink which means it is time for the oven again. Pretty nifty huh?
I love how it turned out. My husband is thrilled to get all these things off the counter where they have been for way too many months. There is just something about a vintage to cart to show off your vintage finds.