Thursday, September 2, 2010

My Unusual Tea Cart ~

Entering my dining room you will find something a bit unusual....


When I purchased this three tier cart, I was told it was an antique cobblers shoe rack.  I'm not sure if the shoe seller used this cart to peddle his wears down the cobble streets or it was just a display in his shop. 

I wasn't sure where I was going to place the cart but loved the warm patina of the wood... 

It turned out to be the perfect size to use as a tea cart in my dining room! 



Look at the interesting wheels. I have never seen these before.
I wasn't sure they were functioning but found out they roll really well!

Once I placed the cart, the fun began...
like any other collector, I started to accessorize my new cart!

On the top, I plopped down an ivy plant
and some candles on a silver tray...



On the middle shelf,
I added the stack of Johnson Brothers dishes 
I found these at Salvation Army... 

The store manager had them priced WAY too high 
but I really loved them
so I caved...






Onto the middle shelf...

I just noticed a 'new' collection forming... 

I didn't set out to collect food domes 
but realized in the past few months I have collected 3... 

Three is a collection right??


I found these two hotel silver food domes
 on the same day at a favorite antique store.
   
There was a third dome that I didn't buy....
BIG mistake!


I love the patina on these pieces... 
I wonder about their history.. 
what Hotel they came from 
and who was lucky enough to have room service with them??


Love the handle..
and the pitted silver


The shamrock emblem is a wonderful addition!
  
On the bottom shelf, I added another food dome...


This one is vintage wicker... 
It's a bit lopsided which I find charming.

If I told you how much I paid for it, you wouldn't be my friend.. 
So I'm keeping that a little secret!


The handle and rusty rivets are charming, don't you think?

So,
that's my old wooden dining room cart.

I almost didn't buy the cart because I wasn't sure where I would place it...
I'm so glad I followed my heart and went for it...  

If it didn't work in my dining room, 
I could always use it for a shoe rack in the closet, right??

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45 comments:

Lori said...

perfect, huge. I would have been afraid of it too. But, oh my you have quit a gem there. Love the food covers. Probably passed them up because I didn't know what they were. Looks perfect there.

Laura said...

Love the cart. Wish I had room for pieces like this in my house... and that I could find a piece like that. As for the missed purchase... I just hate it when then happens and torture myself thinking about it, and then hunt high and low for it again! Have a good day! Lx

Lisa said...

Three constitutes a collection for sure! Your cart is lovely and your accessories just make it shine. You always have a great story to go with your objects. A missed purchase is one that continues to nag at you. I've had it happen too many times now so I really have to think about something before I consider walking away. Wishing you a wonderful day!
Lisa@SuburbanRetreat

Carol said...

That's a great cart and I love to use old things in new ways!! Good finds on the food domes, they are great looking!!
Thanks for coming to see me!
Carol in GA

PAT said...

Absolutely wonderful piece! I love how you have accessorized your cart. Beautiful!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Your tea cart is amazing! I love it. I think whats go great about it, is that its so versatile!I also the your grouping of candles.
Very pretty for sure.
Have a sweet day hugs~Elizabeth

Susy said...

I love the cart, what a find. And it fits perfectly in that spot. It reminds me of an old one I had, that had been used in a library for books going back on the shelf. Enjoy!

Deserae said...

Absolutely LOVE the cart...it is such a unique and cool piece! You have a beautiful home :o)
~Des

Shabby Addict said...

I LOVE that cart! I've never seen one quite like it. And what beautiful pieces you have displayed on it! Great conversation pieces ; )

kathie said...

Oh, the cart! I want it!! Its gorgeous as are all of your collections!

Red Gate Farm said...

The teacart is fabulous! I just love quirky, unusual pieces. Those wheels, never seen anything like that. Also think the hotel style covers are too cool. I've never thought of looking for these... another great idea to start searching for.
Chris

Angie said...

LOVE the tea cart!!!!

Bella said...

Hi, Beautiful tea cart! I am loving those silver food domes, what a fun and unusual collection! Your blog is beautiful :-)
Thanks for visiting me:-)
Bella

Tina said...

Hi Marcy. I just found you and your beautiful blog through the gorgeous Kristin's 'Feature Friday'. I LOVE that you decorate with your Grandmother's chandelier, I have lots of my dear Nanna's things in our home. I am looking forward to catching up on your posts. I love your tea cart and that wicker cover is divine! Wishing you a wonderful weekend ~ Tina

Shelia said...

I love this piece! You have some lovely things and I do love how you arrange them! Thanks for popping in to see me.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Our really empty nest said...

Just found your blog and I'm so glad I did! I love antiques and after reading several of your posts, I just know this will be one of my favorite sites to visit! I also added you to my blog list! Sue

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I love the food covers - I've never seen them before and I love how beautiful and different they are!
My first time to your blog, it's beautiful.

FrouFrouBritches said...

Oh my gracious! I am in love with your tea cart. The wood is gorgeous and it is totally unique. I absolutely love it. Food domes? What a cool collection that is! Love it all!

Shanarun said...

Your tea cart is AMAZING! I can smell the tea brewing already... I would have a place to put this, if I moved the dog crate! Where is your family for 90% of the time? In the kitchen/desk area, so that is where our dogs are too. But, I bet I could find another place, just theme the cart a bit differently. :)

Erin said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!

Kathysue said...

Yes three makes a collection. Love the food domes. I am on the hunt for some Hotel silver to add to my kitchen for a change into fall. I did a post on wooden cutting boards for fall decor and with white dishes and Hotel silver, Yum!!!! Love your blog, I am visiting via Kristins blog. So glad to have found you!! Kathysue

Leslie @ goodbye, house! HELLO, HOME! said...

Oh, dear! What a loverly cart!
Yes, three is a collection! :)
I just found a rattan dome (80s blonde color-ew) at a thrift store--it is rather ugly. I need to paint and stencil it and yours with that cool handle gave me an idea!
I popped by to answer your question about your hydrangeas.
The most important part about drying hydrangeas is you MUST pick them in the morning. Early. Cool outside.
Maybe your stems should also be supported by the sides of the container you put them in.
And then, some hydrangea types just don't cooperate- like the Lace Cap. But try those two things?
Hope that helps!
Blessings to you as you make your home!
Hugs,
~me
P.S. Nice to meet you! :)

Ticking and Toile said...

Oh, that cart is so beautiful! love it!! And I love your home. It's also so lovely.

xo,
Shellagh

Denise said...

I really love that cart. I toured your home at The Old Painted Cottage and have been back several times to look. It is beautiful! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.
Denise

Pinky said...

I love the cart, and the wheels are wonderful! I would have been worried about them working too! I have never seen wheels like that! I am so glad I found your blog and am now following! XO, Pinky

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Oh, I love that cart. Love your dome collection, too. We would stay your friend if you told us the price of the wicker one.

Ann said...

Hi Marcy! Wandered over here from "My Uncommon Slice of Surburba" and so glad I did. I've spent the last half hour just scanning your blog. Love it! I was interested in your crate on wheels as I have one just that size and never thought of adding wheels. I have a set of antique ones, too, so you have inspired me. I love old, loved, vintage items, too, and blog about my mother in law's lifetime collection of just about everything she ever came in contact with! (It's now in several boxes in my basement!) I'll be back to visit soon.

Olivia~ said...

Oh I just love this tea cart and I am so excited to see your ideas on how to decorate it. I am racking my brain on how to decorate mine, except somehow mine has made its way outside...it is metal. Anyhoo, nice to meet you.
hugs,
Olivia

Laura Lynn said...

Thanks for stoping by!

I love your cart - such a great look. I love hotel silver and the domes are great. I've come across domes too - usually the vintage mesh kind but they are getting pricey even.

Thanks for following. I'm totally following you now and can't wait to discover the rest of your site. I've enjoyed so much already!

Thanks,
Laura

citymouse said...

Very nice! I am always buying things and then figuring out what to do with them. I like that you allowed your design ethic and inspiration to lead you. Always the best way to go!

Jeanneoli said...

I have been dreaming of a cart like that for awhile now.

Sarah said...

Everytime I visit your blog, I'm reminded how wonderful it must be to live in CA. You share the most amazing finds. I admire your design sense. ~ Sarah

Mélanie A. said...

I love your three tier cart and its amazing wheels. Your vignette with the candles on it is lovely

Rita May said...

I LOVE that tea cart!! I'm a new follower.
Cheers!
Rita

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Marci, I am in love!! The cart is fantastic, unique and just plain wonderful. I also love the silver food domes. I have 1/2 of one...you'll have to check my archives to see what I did with it.
Hugs, Sherry

pammieg said...

I like your blog! In regards to your food domes marked "The Shamrock", at one time there was a Shamrock Hotel in Houston, Texas. You can find information on it here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamrock_Hotel\
I thought that may interest you. I seem to remember also that it might have been a Shamrock-Hilton. Anyway, it was torn down in 1987.

angie said...

I love the cart! Beautiful! I wish I could find something like that!
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KATHY said...

Hi, I'm a new follower, and i just love your blog. I love the cart it's wonderful.I found the same dishes at an estate sale, and i love them too.....Kathy

Kristin said...

i *adore* that cart! i have been searching every where for one...sigh..

Margo said...

I've currently got my eye out for one of those carts too. Great use of it!!! I've also heard them referred to as shoe factory carts, not sure if they are or not, but they are definitely KEWL.
Thanks for coming to my party.
Margo

Brenda Kula said...

I do love it! And I'm glad you didn't paint it or anything. It looks perfect!
Brenda

Jane said...

The cobbler's shoe rack is an amazing piece, it looks wonderful in your dining room. You have some great pieces accessorizing it too. Love the silver domes!
Jane

Tamarah said...

Oh yes....That's some SERIOUSLY SEXY industrial style junk you have there....I'd L-O-V-E a coffee/side table like this....Just GORGEOUS....Your domes are WAY WICKED with that AWESOME patina.... ** sigh ** ....!

I'm popping back to my blog to save you as a FAVE so I can keep up with your Treasure Hunting....!!

Cheers from Australia,
Tamarah :o)

Jaybird said...

I just found your blog and am reading backwards :^). It's all great!! I just had to comment on this though...in my dining room, the sideboard is a plank (= HEAVY) woodworkers bench. It has a drawer and a low shelf. I turned a wooden spoked mazazine holder upside down and made a platter rack out of it :^)The platters slide in from the side and the spokes keep them standing on edge. The drawer holds odds and ends of silver!It's fun to see someone else use something imaginatively!! Thanks for your lovely blog!
J

ladykay said...

I was just going to suggest that that food dome might have come from the Shamrock Hilton in Houston, but I see that someone already has. I stayed there several times in the 70s, including my honeymoon in 1977. It was a nice place. They had an Olympic size pool, which was very cool.

BTW, just came across your blog today and my perusing it. Great stuff!