The New Rolling Cart Coffee Table



There's something different in my living room. I know you guys liked the oak coffee table. (It's in my closet.) But it was simply too big to get around it in this space.



The oak coffee table fit the little blue house perfectly. But sadly, it just didn't work in here. Not when you are having to walk around it.

You know I always say when decorating in a small space, look for things that have extra storage or a dual purpose. This little vintage rolling cart fits that bill. And I can roll it around to mop underneath.

I don't know what it was being used for. I've seen many vintage carts for the kitchen that had an extra shelf and was higher.  


I put a gold and white quilt over the table. I know I seem to use an awful lot of quilts in my decorating. But I just love them!



I bought the rolling cart at the antique mall when we girls went a few weeks ago. It was $37. You can see (or I can) that it was once painted a turquoise color. Then someone added a layer of goldish yellow.

I was told it only came in the day before. 

I considered painting it. But then I decided I liked all its little imperfections.




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  1. The changes to the living area look really nice. The cart seems to snuggle right into the furniture arrangement, and its color is so cheerful. I like the quilt on the table, and the pillows and throw on the couch, too. This area looks like such a pleasant place for you and the pups to relax in.

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    1. You know, that oak coffee table is very special to me. But hey, you have to make changes when you have a smaller space. It just was too big for the area.

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  2. Well, you know I'm in love with THAT! Great idea for a small space and you can always just roll it to the side if you have a dance party in the living room :)

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    1. Do you know I've never in my life danced? I know. I'm so weird.

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  3. It's absolutely perfect! I really love the color and how well it fits the couch area. The gold and white quilt is very pretty in the corner. You've created such a cozy, comfortable living room!

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  4. Brenda, I think you can make something out of nothing. I love the cart and I have never seen one like this! What a great idea! I love the bright colors in your house. No one would know you had just moved. You have everything pulled together so nicely. Well done!

    Bonnie

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    1. Now I wish I could come up with something for the kitchen. I just can't settle on an idea.

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  5. Love it! Love how it ties in all the pops of yellow in the quilts and pillows and flowers!

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    1. I know it's more yellow than gold. But with all this color going on, I guess I really don't care!

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  6. Fits right in, addition of quilt/cushion/flowers made it right at home. Handy too.
    Joy

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    1. Yes, I love things that are multi-functional and handy.

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  7. I suspect that little cart was used in a school. Way back when I was a teacher, we had similar carts in several sizes to move audio-visual equipment--projectors, TV, etc. around the school. All the ones I ever saw were beige, gray or aqua. Quilts help make it a "Cozy Little House!" I don't think you can have too many.


    Blogless Peggy

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    1. Oh yeah, I kind of recall those now with the projectors. Maybe that was what it was in its former life.

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  8. Looking good! And you know we all want more washer/dryer/kitchen updates. Are you loving the new w/d yet?

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    1. Actually I'm using it right now. This is only the second time I've used it. I don't do laundry all the time like some. I wait till I have several loads and then I do it. And yes, I'm officially loving it!

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  9. Brenda,

    The yellow is perfect! I love the imperfections too. It gives it the "velveteen rabbit" touch. I love all your quilts.

    Clara

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    1. Sometimes I'm quick to want to "fix" something. But really, the way I paint, I'd probably make it look worse. And it doesn't look bad now.

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  10. Your new rolling cart looks like it was made for you and your new cozy little house.. Your room is so colorful and welcoming.. I love your round oak table and hope you'll find some miraculous place to put it.. How about putting taller legs on it and using it in your eating area ? How cute would that be ?
    Your quilts are beautiful and should be out for display.. They add the color that you want without opening a can of paint..
    Because I read your recipe forum yesterday, I took a trip to Lowes.. I filled my cart and figured I'd better get out of there while the "getting" was good.. I'm happy with how my container garden is taking shape.. I still wish I had the privacy fence like yours..
    I hope you're having a sunny day today.
    Charlotte

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    1. It is a beautiful sunny day here, Charlotte. I don't have any room for one more piece of furniture anywhere. As it is, I'm scared to open the closet door and have all that stuff fall on me!

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  11. Perfect. These photos show that you have now created another magazine worthy room. When I first glanced at the photos..I thought you were showing BH&G features..then, I recognized your things. Magazine!

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    1. Well, thanks! That's so nice of you to say.

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  12. I love it, Brenda! Just perfect for your new space. Loving those quilts you decorate with so well, too! It's looking mighty comfy and cozy around your place. Just beautiful!

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    1. Decorating with quilts was big in the eighties. I just never stopped!

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  13. I like it too. Love the quilt too. I've been looking for quilts to use in my decor.

    Hugs,

    Valerie
    Cottage Making Mommy
    www.lovingmyheartandhome.blogspot.com

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    1. That gold and white one I got real cheap. It's just wall or lap size.

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  14. Hi Brenda,
    I see you have moved! I have not been able to be online much. Limited blog posts for me, and even less blog reading. Your new home looks charming as ever! Did you move far? I read back a few posts. Is that a portable washing machine? I had one when our kids were young, and we lived in a little duplex with no washer. I loved that thing! I washed a household full of laundry, and line dried it all. I still line dry. Anyway, it looks like your machine is a real gem!
    xo Kris

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    1. This thing washes and then in the same machine, dries. It just keeps mystifying me on how it can do that! No, didn't move far.

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  15. Every time I think it can't get any cuter you post another picture! The cart is perfect for the space. And I agree, probably much easier to sweep and mop under. The colors are great, too. You have some fabulous quilts, so go ahead and show them off. Put them to work! The great thing is you made them, and secondly, they aren't so huge that they consume the whole room! Yes, we need washer/dryer updates! I can't look at flowers and pots on patios now w/out thinking of you!

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    1. I actually bought the gold and white one. I was looking online for red and white checkered shower curtains and bedroom curtains, and this was there for like $40. I couldn't resist. It is not a full size or anything.

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  16. It really does 'fit' and works well. I love all of your red and yellow touches...very cheerful and happy! Enjoy your afternoon! Hugs, Diane

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    1. Red and yellow combos have always made me happy. I remember once in school as a kid when I had this yellow top that I would wear a red one over. Loved that then. Love the colors now.

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  17. Now this is perfection because this is so up my alley. I love to add industrial items to my own decor. Infact my mother asked me, why did I have an old grammer school child's table (metal) for a couch side table. Because I can and I love it. As I get older, I find that my tastes have changed a little bit over the years. I am more eclectic. It is a mish mash that somehow all fits into what I LOVE. I too am a big fan of alot of pillows...and so is the weiner dog, Rosie.

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    1. I've been adding a few industrial touches. In the beginning when people started using industrial furnishings, I wasn't a great fan. It grew on me and I liked the eclectic touch it added.

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  18. Love it! It really works much better in your space. I think I was one of the few that didn't really care for the round table (although if you were closer I'd buy it from you cause I think it would work in my living room) :) I, of course, like it yellow and aged.

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    1. I wish you were close and I'd give it to you. I'm scared to death it's going to fall on me in that closet with the two dining chairs perched precariously underneath it.

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  19. Brenda it looks terrific. I couldn't imagine your new place looking as cute as the little blue house...but it looks as nice or even better. You are so talented!! I quilt and have some lovely old antique furniture pieces but my house doesn't look as put together as your place. I keep reading your blog for many reasons....one big one is your decorating talent. Love to see pictures of it all! Patty Mc

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    1. I think I am liking this place better. I loved the little blue house. The old touches it had. The gorgeous woodwork. This place is just a plain apartment built in the sixties. But I was determined to make it look like "home."

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  20. That's so cute. Love the splashes of yellow.

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  21. I love that cart. It looks perfect in your space.

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    1. I tried to make that round oak table work, just wasn't enough space.

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  22. Brenda, I love the oak table, but knew you would make a change as it is too large for that space. Love the little rolling cart and it's vintage look is so cute with your quilts and home of many colors. Floor space here is at a premium also and with a Grandson who needs a play area I have choose not to have a coffee table at all. Something small like this would be fun and would work for me also. Now I've got something else to keep my eyes open for!
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    Linda

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    1. Like I said, I'd never seen one before. But they must be out there somewhere.

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  23. Your living room looks great! The cart is a good fit. I don't think using quilts has ever gone out of style and if it did, who cares. I used grape vine pieces and baskets in my very first apartment. They were in style and a cheap way to decorate. I've never gotten tired of either and continue to use both regardless of the trend.

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    1. I don't care for trends unless they really pique my interest.

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  24. Love, love, love that little yellow rolling cart as a coffee table! It is perfect. Your gold and white tablecloth really makes the yellow pop!

    Judy

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    1. Someone else just emailed and says it was a projector cart for schools.

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  25. I love your little cart, Brenda!
    I really prefer an unconventional table to a store bought one.
    I love that it rolls too for easy cleaning!

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    1. Yes, I want things that either roll or are lightweight from now on. No more heavy things to move for me.

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  26. Your place truly is looking like a cozy little house, Brenda! I love the vintage cart as a coffee table! I liked your round table, too, but I can see how it would be in the way.

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    1. I just can't afford to fall over something! I'm clumsy enough as it is.

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  27. Looks fantastic, Brenda. Your little cart reminds me of a school cart that might have had a TV or some equipment on it.

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    1. People are emailing me telling me this. So I guess that's what it is, and now it's a coffee table.

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  28. It's so cute, Brenda! I think it's perfect for your space and it's a great color ~ I love how it looks with your beautiful quilt on your table!

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    1. Last night a woman who had seen the quilt behind my sofa emailed me because she had seen it in the new Country Sampler (same thing happened to me with Country Woman) and wanted to know what the block was called. I didn't know because I always just made my quilts up. I googled quilt blocks for an hour and never did find the answer. She and her quilt group wanted to make it for the 4th of July.

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  29. I love it! I'm drawn to anything on casters and has storage. It pairs so well with the quilt on the table, too!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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    1. I kind of am too now! It took me awhile, but I think the whole industrial thing is really growing on me!

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  30. I love all the different uses for your quilts! You give us so many ideas for cozy rooms. Your home is looking wonderful! Enjoy it.

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    1. I always say about container gardening: If it can hold anything, it can be a plant pot. About quilts: If you have a solid surface, you can cover it with a quilt.

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  31. Oh Brenda I love the rolling cart coffee table, it 's just so charmingly cool! It's perfect with your quilts, you can never have too many quilts out! It also looks to be the perfect fit for your space. As a girl who loves color I just love all the yellows and reds. Your room is so pretty and ever so charming. I think you have found your home!

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    1. Well, I nearly just blew it up. I forgot I had eggs boiling with the lid on and I hear this explosion. I thought it was my new washer because I was just using it for the second time. I go in the kitchen and the lid has hit the ceiling and baked brown eggs are everywhere. So much for my old Cuisinart pan I've used forever. But yeah, guess it's home.

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  32. I love it and it is perfect for your new space. xo LAura

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    1. And here I didn't show it for over a week because everyone loved the oak table so much. I just gave it to the maintenance man who had to come deal with the smoke alarm when I blew up the eggs. Read comment above.

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  33. I loved your round oak table but now that I see this little yellow cart, I think it was meant for your living room! You have been blessed with a talent for decorating and making a house into a home! I also have a love of quilts, I keep thinking I should put some of them away for the summer but I love how they cozy up our home.

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    1. I know, people fold them up and tuck them away for summer. But I just can't make myself do it.

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  34. Man, I wish you lived near me! I just love how you put things together. Your style is exactly what I strive for in my home but I can't seem to make it happen. Are you sure you don't want to move to Boston? That yellow table is adorable. As usual. :)

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    1. Well, send me photos and maybe I can help you.

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  35. That sweet yellow cart looks perfect! I love anything with wheels. Btw, a person can not have too many quilts. They are all works of art. Are the pupsters comfortable in their new home? How about you? Are you feeling at home yet? I love what you have done so far. I admire how you are not afraid to make changes. And that many of those changes are ideas that most would not even come up with in the first place. Bravo to you, Brenda!!!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. Changes have always come easy to me for some reason when it comes to home decor and gardening.

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  36. Hi Brenda, I love the quilts. How did you hang the quilt on the wall behind your sofa? It's so perfectly even and straight? Love, love, love the decorating!

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  37. Your new home is absolutely lovely, Brenda. I just love looking at the pictures.

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  38. Very nice Brenda..It is good that you can move it easily if needed..the most important thing is that you don't fall again!

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    1. Yep, I have to agree there. No piece of furniture is that important.

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  39. Being a quilter, I LOVE how you display and use your pretty quilts like art! The gold and white quilt on the table is beautiful!!

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    1. Patchwork, just simple patchwork, I like the best. Makes me think of pioneer women and their making them out of clothing instead of doing away with them.

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  40. That looks like a perfect solution. Brenda. It's a cute little table and I have never seen one that was short like that before either. Your home is looking great....warm and homey and perfect for you! xo Diana

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    1. Maybe it spent its first life with a projector on it in a classroom. Now it's in my living room.

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  41. I like your new coffee table/rolling cart. It looks at home in your living room which is looking great, by the way! Many of us loved your round oak table, but if it was too large and in the way that's not good. I like that you can roll this out of the way, too. Very nifty!

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    1. Being able to roll things, like sewing machine tables that I have, become more important after hurting my ankle and as I get older. I don't like to have to move heavy things anymore!

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  42. Can you GET any more cozier than this room. Nope! :) So bright and cheerful..makes me want to sit down with a book and a cookie and just snuggle in for awhile. The cart color just fits in with the quilts and all of your little touches everywhere. Love it.

    Yes I did love that oak table ...but if you are going to bang your shins on it every day then no, I can see why it wouldn't work. You tried! :)

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    1. Fit great in the little blue house though. It was perfect there.

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  43. Love your little yellow cart! What a beautiful idea! Your home looks so pretty. Enjoy your memorial Day weekend!

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  44. What a perfect table for the spot! It's so cute; I would of snatched it up too! I love the quilt on the table. Your whole living room just looks so warm and inviting.

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    1. Even though the little blue house had such beautiful old touches, I'm liking this 1960's apartment more and more.

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  45. Brenda, your exploding eggs incident might be a sign that you are supposed to decorate your kitchen with chickens and eggs and yellow and white!

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    1. Well, as a matter of fact I have some chicken transfers I plan for the kitchen. A company that sells them sent them to me. I've got to get them up soon!

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  46. I can't imagine a more appropropriate table for your living room. The size,the shape, the color...perfect! And yes, I'm pretty sure it was a projector table. As soon as I saw it that's what it reminded me of. Guess I'm showing my age ;). I'm glad you're not going to paint it. It really is just as it should be, in all it's 'perfect imperfections'.

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    1. I think you're right. The imperfections are growing on me!

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  47. Oops...that's appropriate (but I guess you knew that).

    While I'm back, I just want to say the quilts look beautiful. They're your treasures and belong front and center.

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  48. Hi Brend, love the rolling cart. It looks great working as a coffee table. The color really brings out the other yellows in your room. My grandma hand one like this only taller like you mention. She always had it by her phone on the wall and it was the cutest little vignette in her kitchen.
    Love your quilts throughout too.
    Have a nice holiday weekend.
    Hugs

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    1. Mine had one too. I think it was red. Had it in the kitchen.

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  49. I have been looking at industrial carts for my family room, I don't have a lot of space for anything big, either. I love your cart, gives that look without taking up too much room.

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    1. And if they roll, all the better and more handy!

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  50. Hi Brenda! It looks cute and it's always good to have a little extra space to 'poke' things! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. I've got magazines poked down there in that soda crate.

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  51. I love the quilts everywhere. This reminds my of my single-girl apartments! That little pop of yellow is perfect in there with all the primaries. I didn't have a coffee table for my apartment, and I used my son's old toy chest, which I painted and recovered the top. My father had made it and I did n't want it to get away. Since I had no room to store things, I used it. You might be able to deconstruct that oak table and store it under the bed. That is how I stored my big dining room table in several places when it wouldn't fit. You might want to use it again somewhere else. Now, that table (which I have had for 45 years! gulp) is painted red, and I use it in the studio.

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    1. I already gave it to the maintenance man. I simply don't have room for it. I've used up all the storage space I have!

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  52. I'm a quilt lover, as well. I love your style, Brenda. It whispers hearth and home to me.

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    1. Well, you won't be seeing quilts on the walls in magazines any time soon I don't think. But I love them.

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  53. Oh yes, that is a school cart used for some type audio visual equipment. As a former school librarian, I have used many of these from this small type to large ones. I currently have two or three of these in my garage (bought at school auctions) but had not thought about using one in the house. Love your idea for the cart as well as the quilts. You have one of the most interesting blogs that appeal to me because I don't have unlimited funds either. Keep the ideas coming.

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    1. If someone said I could walk into a nice furniture store and pick out all my furnishings, I'd turn them down. If someone gave me the keys to a great big house, I'd have to turn them down at this point in my life. I like to "hunt" for the bargains!

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  54. What a find! I would have jumped all over that cute cart, and it's the perfect coffee table. It fits your design aesthetic to the T. I really love it. I really love the whole room. It's... well... it's just so cozy for the cozy little house!

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    1. And if you saw this place from the outside, you'd think: Oh, one of those 1960s type apartments. And that's what it is. Outside!

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  55. Oh my word Brenda - love it!!! It really is perfect and your quilt tablecloth highlights the yellow so nicely - you are so good at this!!

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    1. I would love to go into people's homes and dig in the garage and bring things out that they don't use. It's so fun! I'm a good "budget" gal.

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  56. The rolling cart looks like it was made to order for your new place! All of the quilts make your home look so cozy!

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    1. And I guess they insulate the place too! Maybe they have other uses too.

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  57. Wow! I love what you've done with the place so far.

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    1. Now if I can just settle on something for the kitchen. It is really stumping me.

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  58. I loved the wooden table for its warmth, richness and the way it sort of anchored the room. But most importantly, one's home must be safe and functional. In that way the little
    cart is perfect! How does the old saying go....form follows function. I remember those carts from when I was a kid. Green -hospitals, aqua-
    schools, tan- businesses ( in my experience). Glad you found it.

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  59. Dear Brenda ..... how beautiful your living room looks and how quickly you made it yours.... Well Done..!

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  60. How smart! I love the idea of having wheels on your coffee table, makes it easier to move around. Very clever! And, your living room looks beautiful! -Patrick Tan

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