Step 1: Materials and Tools
1) Salvaged Utility Cart
2) Power sander
4) 80-grit sandpaper
5) 220-grit sandpaper (suggested)
6) Painter's tape
7) Paint brushes
8) 8 oz Interior Paint Sample - Benjamin Moore Jet Black
9) 8 oz Interior Paint Sample - Benjamin Moore Cool Blue
10) 3" x 3/8" x 36" board
Step 2: Disassembly and Sanding
Once the pieces were separated, I used a power sander and 80-grit sandpaper to clean up the surface. If I were going to do it again, I would follow that up with 220-grit sandpaper to give a smoother finish than I ended up getting. I neglected to take any pictures of the sanded pieces, but I essentially sanded the veneer off of the faces and left only the smallest layer on the edges to prevent the paint from being soaked up too much by the edges of the particle board used to make the cart.
As with any project, be sure to use the appropriate safety gear. If you plan on sanding with a power sander, be sure to use a face mask or respirator along with some eye protection.
Step 3: Painting
For the shelves and top we painted the faces in cool blue. After that had dried, we masked the blue portion with painters tape and painted the exposed edges black. Due to the poor condition of the particle board on the edges, we had to go back in with a small watercolor brush to do some final touch ups.