I love this little cart. It is one of my most favorite parts of my home.
First published December 5, 2016
A few weeks ago, my husband spent half a Saturday helping our neighbors set up a wood play area in their backyard. In my day, we called play areas “swing sets” but now they are much fancier and can do everything from babysitting your children to doing your taxes. Besides giving him a beer, they sent him home with a metal cart that they no longer needed and were going to throw away.
This you need to know about my husband, he is an acquirer of junk.
He will come in the garage door every week and say things like:
WOW LOOK AT THE NEW HOSE I FOUND ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD!
WOULD YOU LOOK AT ALL THESE PROPANE TANKS GEORGE GAVE ME!
THE NEW NEIGHBORS PUT A CRAPPY PLASTIC SHELVING UNIT IN THEIR GARAGE PILE. SO NOW IT’S OUR CRAPPY NEW PLASTIC SHELVING UNIT!
He comes by it honestly, with his dad being a hoarder of all things meaningful and not. This is what we got in exchange for my husband helping a neighbor in need:
Our neighbors are better than yours.
Anyway, normally I would roll this to the curb for garbage day. But I actually grew attached to the little fella.
Yes, it is a little rough around the edges, but so am I as of late.
Perimenopause kicking my ass and all.
Hmm, this has potential. Shelves, wheels, metal. All the things I seem to lean towards in furniture.
I should feel right at ease when I am wheeled into the nursing home.
It reminded me of something…
A cart I’ve had my eyes on for years at IKEA.
The RASKOG Trolley.
An ugly name for a cute piece of furniture.
But these babies were 40 bucks. I couldn’t justify buying one without knowing what in the hell I would put inside of those compartments.
So I decided I was going to turn my crappy metal cart into a RASKOG trolley.
All the RASKOG trolleys will bow down to my crappy metal cart and be in awe of it.
After a little elbow grease, of course.
And Ocean Mist spray paint.
My crappy little metal cart turned into something pretty amazing.
Yes, it’s the same metal cart.
Even better than a RASKOG because it has shelves!
I can’t stop looking at it.
I even Googled “IKEA name generator” so I could name my homemade RASKOG trolley.
It came up with the name SVICKLACK.
Which I believe translates to “explosive diarrhea” in Swedish.
2021 note- I love my SVICKLACK explosive diarrhea green cart. And it’s still in the same spot.