A (Slightly Over the Top) Wrapping Station Revamp

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Have you ever had a project that started out small and wound up snowballing?  All I wanted to do was organize my wrapping station.  Simple, right?

I have a little wrapping paper cart in an alcove on our upstairs landing.  I had always wanted one of these carts and was very excited when I bought it several years ago.

But I save every little ribbon, gift bag, and scrap of wrapping paper. So over time, the wrapping cart got jam packed.  Things were getting lost or crushed in the drawers.

Wrapping cart before

So I decided to organize it.  And then I figured that while I was at it,  I might as well do something about that color.  I must have liked the reddish-brown color when I ordered it, but now I can’t remember why. The color didn’t work with the creams and golds of my home office just across the hall.

Painting the Cart

That dark color would be hard to cover unless I used chalk paint. Chalk paint requires very little prep work – even priming isn’t usually necessary.

For more on my chalk painting experiences, including the best application tool I have found, see this post.

I used a buttery cream color called “Bavarian” by folkArt. It still took about three coats to cover the cart.

And it looked nice.  I should have stopped there but instead I discovered “Metallic Gold” chalk paint, also by folkArt.  A metallic chalk paint?  I was very intrigued and had to give it a try.

Chalk paint is wonderful for creating distressed finishes.  So I painted over the Bavarian on the drawer fronts with the Metallic Gold and then distressed them with steel wool.  Then I added a few brush strokes of the Bavarian and distressed the drawer fronts again. Finally I added a few brush strokes of the Metallic Gold and distressed them one last time.

I finished off with a coat of the folkArt Clear Wax following the instructions on the label.  Of course, with drying time, all of this took several days.  And all for a wrapping paper cart.

And this is what I got.

Chalk paint projects - drawers finished

Adding Hardware

You might have noticed the hardware that I added to the drawers. When I finally finished the painting, the drawers looked too modern for the finish I had created.  So I needed a little more old world charm.  And I do love the fleur de lis knobs that I found for $2 each at a salvage shop.

Chalk paint projects - salvage shop hardware added

I also picked up a handle for the large bottom drawer for $2.

chalk paint projects - handle added

It originally had a chrome finish so I spray painted it with Rust Oleum “Pure Gold Metallic” and antiqued it with a folkArt craft paint called “Wrought Iron.”

My long-suffering husband, Chris, installed the hardware for me.

It did turn out to be a fun and girly look for the wrapping paper cart.

chalk paint projects - finished wrapping station

But I wasn’t done.

A Basket

I found a cute wire basket at a craft store and spray painted it with Rust Oleum “Gold Rush Metallic.”

Chalk paint projects - basket added

Attached to the side of the cart, it is attractive – and perfect for holding gift bags.

chalk paint projects

A Fabric Liner

Then when I put everything back together after painting, the little compartments in the top tray still needed something.  I had come this far, so why not?  I lined them with a whimsical calico fabric.

chalk paint projects - fabric lining for compartments


chalk paint projects

But I needed to add one last thing.

A Wall Cubby

To add more storage to my wrapping station, I found a small Pottery Barn wall cubby at a thrift store.

chalk paint projects - wall rack before

I painted it with the same paint treatment as the cart drawers and covered the corkboard with a fleur de lis burlap.

chalk paint projects - wall rack after

Now it holds tissue paper, gift tags, and lengths of ribbon – anything small that might get lost in the cart.

chalk paint projects

Lesson Learned

For the time I invested, I should have chosen a furniture piece worthy of the effort.  For this modern piece with such simple lines, I should have stayed with my original plan, which was to paint the cart and the wall cubby with the Bavarian and add the basket.  Period. Instead I was led astray – dazzled by shiny things: The Metallic Gold chalk paint.

chalk paint projects

At least this wrapping station is unique – and more organized. And now it’s finally time for me to step away from this project.

chalk paint projects - wrapping cart

chalk paint projects

Not that this experience will stop me from trying the Metallic Gold on more worthy pieces.

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8 Replies to “A (Slightly Over the Top) Wrapping Station Revamp”

    1. Hmm, I see a shopping trip in my future . . . I’ll just buy some extra-special gift wrap and then this cart will be worthy. Thanks for the idea Peggy!

  1. Wow Heidi! That turned out wonderful. I just love your creativity and courage to try new things. I would love to go thrift store shopping with you sometime. You appear to have a better eye at finding the treasures. Thanks for sharing your cool project!

    1. Thank you Lisa! I love the thrift stores because you never know what you will find. I was lucky to find what I needed. My next post will include your key lime pie! Thanks again for the recipe. I just love it and so does everyone else.

    1. Thanks Jillian! I am enjoying my crazy little wrapping station now that it’s finally finished. I look forward to wrapping gifts – it’s kind of an artistic outlet, isn’t it?

  2. Wonderful redo of your wrapping station. I love the gold chalk paint and the new hardware. Your post was the 100th link, the first time we reached 100 links. So an extra special thank you for sharing your post with us at Vintage Charm!

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