In case you missed them over the weekend, I listed a few more antique hemp sheets in the online shop!  

So, remember this antique shoe cart I found and sold last fall?  


It was such a neat piece and so functional to use for retail display.  It’s lightweight, the shelves are removable (and can be configured in a variety of ways), and it can easily nestle over a dresser, so it doesn’t take a up a lot of room in transit.

Despite all of these things, I sold it.

And…I sort of regretted it.  Not because it was such a special piece, even though it was, but because of how functional it was.  That regret tapered off when I realized it would be pretty easy to make something just like it.  Jeff and I were planning to design and build a couple of them and then I received a timely e-mail…

It was from Jaime of That’s My Letter.  She asked if I could help her with approximate measurements, so she could make plans and build a reproduction of the shoe cart I sold!

Here is what she came up with…

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You can find the free plans for the reproduction shoe cart HERE.

It was very convenient for me, because I was able to give Jeff actual plans instead of a pencil sketch, as usual.  Jeff & Charles, a former student in the youth group, built two of them for me.  Kriste, Katie, my mom and I took turns painting them in two coats of MMS Milk Paint in Linen.


I was planning to do a chippy, layered technique, but I decided that would be totally insane with all of those spindly boards and shelves.  Yeah.  Linen looks just fine.


Jaime did a great job with the plans.  It’s almost exactly like the original.


The original had mortise and tenon joinery, which would’ve been more time consuming to make, so the reproduction version is constructed with pocket holes and screws.


I used little two inch steel casters I purchased at Lowe’s to make it mobile…

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I styled the shelves mostly with things that will be for sale at Lucketts along with some props (like the ironstone pedestal, chalkboard and some of the linens.)

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I picked up this adorable stool when my mom and I went out shopping on Friday.  The blue paint just barely clinging to the sides is right up my alley and the steps fold into the stool.


I’ve also been collecting market baskets.  They offer nice texture against all of the white and, well, I’ve just been into baskets lately.  I hope my Lucketts shoppers are as well!


We have a few more things to paint, lots of things to price and then it’s on to the sewing projects!



  1. Jaime Costiglio

    Oh my word it’s perfect! I actually love the solid painted look as it shows off all your wares rather than distracting from them. Thank you for working with me, such a treat!

    • Kathy

      Thank you for replicating it! Your blog is awesome. I love what you do! Kathy

  2. CoCo

    Love it all! This is such a great solution to storing pieces for displays and inventory. I can’t wait to make one too 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  3. Emily

    I love this, Marian!, two quick questions… Is this hard to buil for a beginner builder? Also, what is the paint color used on the wall behind this piece? I love your style!!! ❤️❤️

  4. Laurie

    Good job! That basket looks like the one Dorothy had in the Wizard of Oz. Just needs some fabric sewn in to give it a cover! [“and your little dog too!”]

  5. PJ

    You and Jaime make a great team! I love the results and look forward to making a cup of tea and spending a lot more time with Jaime’s website which is new to me. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Karen

    Oh my goodness! I love the Freeman’s Dairy crate! My maiden name was Freeman.

  7. sheila sabin

    Oh, I want! Could you give us an approximate cost for building the rack? I imagine one in my family room, full of plants and ironstone.

  8. Cathy King

    Does Jamie have these plans for sell? I would love to build a couple to hold my orchids!!

    • marian

      The plans are free! Just follow the link in the post over to her blog for the plans.

  9. Naomi S.

    Nice! If I had room anywhere in my house I’d love to have one! Alas, my house is at present stuffed. Aarrgh!

  10. Cheryl

    Love it! Wished I worked there ;0)

  11. Ashlea

    This turned out so beautifully! I love the plans… now to decide if I really “need” one 😉

  12. Rachel R

    Call me crazy, but I built this using Jamie’s plans and also did the layered/chippy milk paint thing you mentioned, Marian… in spite of all the spindles! Couldn’t help myself… I’m a fan of both That’s My Letter and Miss Mustard Seed. 🙂 Yes, it sure did take a while, but the finish turned out so pretty, and I was so glad that I went for it in spite of the time commitment! I stained the bare wood in a really dark brown first, then used Ironstone layered over Luckett’s Green. It came out great– beautifully chippy and looking far older than it is… Just what I was hoping for. 🙂 Thank you Jamie for such fantastic and clearly written building plans, and thank you Marian for the fun-to-use and beautifully authentic paint! Can’t wait to build and paint more stuff!

  13. Lauren

    That turned out awesome!! Love it and it looks great what a functional/versatile piece.

    Can’t wait to see more 🙂

    Lauren | Lovely Decor


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