I am just going to admit it. I am a bit of a paint snob. That is probably not a huge surprise to anyone, since I am an unabashed paint enthusiast and, therefore, I am a bit picky about my paints.
That being said, even though milk paint has my heart, I do use other paints on occasion, like latex for walls and trim, acrylic for some hand painting, and I even have a few cans of spray paint on my shelf.
I cringe at the idea of using a can of spray paint on an entire piece of furniture (yes, dad, like your desk), but there is a time and a place for spray paint.
When I was looking for casters for the art cabinet, I was really hoping to find some vintage or antique cast iron wheels…some that would work with the hardware I selected and would be sturdy enough to handle the weight of the piece.
I found these wheels at a local antique store and gave them a try. At $13 for the set of four, they were well priced and worth a shot!
They are wheels that are meant for an industrial shoe cart and they do roll surprisingly well, but these were a little creaky under the weight of the cabinet and their angle looked awkward on this boxy piece.
I searched Etsy and eBay for casters, but all of the sets that I loved were a lot more than I wanted to spend…like, a couple hundred dollars for a set of four. I was also concerned about the functionality of antique wheels purchased online. Could they support the weight? Did they still swivel and roll properly? It just wasn’t going to be the best option.
So, I went to my default – find something with potential and make it work.
I started with 2″ steel wheels from Lowe’s that I use on a lot of pieces. They are inexpensive ($3.97/each), have a vintage vibe, can handle heavy pieces, and roll smooth. But, they were the wrong color. The steel would stick out in contrast to the cast iron handles.
So, I pulled out a can of oil rubbed bronze spray paint. It’s a matte, brownish-black spray paint that would make these wheels work better with the hardware. It’s not an exact match, but it’s close enough.
I had to turn each wheel a couple of times in order to get them completely sprayed, but spray paint dries quickly, so I had them painted and installed in no time.
And voila! Wheels that fit the bill without breaking the bank.
PS – We’ve rounded up some new items for the online shop and the sale will go live tomorrow night (Thursday, December 1) at 10:00 pm EST. You can see the “coming soon” items HERE and more will be listed prior to the sale going live.