Thursday, December 30, 2010

Lesson Learned

I have a love affair with old metal typewriter tables.  Secretary was on my short list of what I want to be when I grow up.  These carts were essential, along with pencils in your hair, full skirts, tidy desks, office supplies, I could go on and on.  Long story short...I looked and looked locally but I couldn't find one so I bought one on eBay.  It seemed the time.   Seventy dollars later I had a nice vintage typewriter cart.

This is what I found today orphaned in the back of the thrift store.  Priced at a whole $7.99!  The only thing wrong with her is a missing screw.  

Rust is not an issue, I can handle that.  I taped the wood wheels to keep them perfectly vintage.  Gave her a nice sanding and degreasing.  (Lincoln is a closet crafter too!)

That is when I brought her more expensive twin out.  The weather today was gorgeous almost 60'F and  sunny.  It all ends tomorrow when we go down to 18'F.  Gotta love Kansas.  Anyway, I pulled out my trusty colors Ballet Slipper Pink-Krylon and a new favorite Catalina Mist-Krylon and gave them both multiple light coats.  

Look how nice they are turning out.  I love this blue green.

Hard to believe these little tables held those enormously heavy typewriters.

Of course the expensive twin is a bit smaller, but just as functional.

Lightly sanded around the corners and sprayed with clear coat the girls have found their way to my studio.

I didn't want to take too much of the finish of, but I did want it to look warn so I took it down to the metal around the edges and some on the legs.  I use these to hold my laptop, ironing board, projects, pretty much anything.  It is nice to be able to work on a project and move it around the studio from the cutting table to the sewing machine and not interfere with anything else.  This one slides under my desk, bonus.  It is like a tole tray on wheels!

You knew this was coming.  It is killing me not to put a giant decal on these.  I have these two little 6 inch decals that might just need to find a home on this little cart.

I learned my lesson.  Next time I will wait until I find it locally at the thrift store before I buy it overpriced online again!    


Pieceful Bits said...

Secretary was on my short list too..along with airline stewardess..."That Girl"...or a Teacher.
7.99 what a deal! They turned out great.
Happy New Year

Georgia Peachez said...

I love this project and I love those old typewriter stands. I remember growing up with one, my mom kept a typewriter on it too. xo, suzy

Nan said...

Oh gosh I haven't thought of these in ages. It brings to mind the gray one I had years ago. I did not have a fondness for them as you do and recall I was glad when I didn't have to manhandle that stand anymore with that too heavy Underwood upright I had lol..
I adore what you did with them, this is just perfect and those colors of course I must have !! I paint things around here every once in awhile and it's nice to know about that Krylon Catalina Mist. I just might pick up a can of that !! Have a wonderful new year which I'm sure will be rich in new found Blogging Friends !!

Diane Mars said...

Happy New Year Dear girlfriend~ Cheers to a Very Happy 2011 Hugs, Diane