is it a typewriter table or is it a bar cart?

Some thrift stores (Salvation Army) are notorious for putting their donation trucks near the entrance of the store. Are you one of those people that slows your stride to rubber neck that truck, in hopes of spotting at least one shiny, or potentially shiny items? Yep, us too. I’m a bit shy, and don’t have the kohunas to ask if they could find out what the price is; give me a few more years, I’m told we grow bolder when we grow older. They’re always happy to help, so I’m not sure why I’m shy like that…some day I’ll overcome it. BUT Jerry is not shy in this way, and steps up for me.

There’s been two specific instances where we found something so awesome at the donation truck. They were both the kind of find that gives you that excitement fluttering in your stomach, and that big crazy grin. Over a year ago we spotted a set of twelve amaze-balls pink glass ice tea tumblers (click here), and just this week we saw (okay Jerry saw, I didn’t have my glasses on) the cutest little typewriter table. The table had definitely been loved and used; all parts were in working condition, but the wood table top needed the most loving.

1940's Typing Table with lock down wheels. The before picture.

1940’s Typing Table with lock down wheels. The before picture.

The typing table "under carriage" - does the term under carriage make you think of the movie Bridesmaid also?

The typing table “under carriage” – does the term under carriage make you think of the movie Bridesmaid also?

This project was a fairly simple quick fix. Jerry took the three table top pieces off and sanded them all down. Usually something sits (at least) a couple days until I can decide which direction to go. After the wood top was all sanded down, I knew it just needed a little stain. No paint for that beautiful wood top. I used Minwax Dark Walnut….I usually use Special Walnut (I think that’s the name), but I must have been in a hurry and grabbed the dark. Oh well, I really like how rich the color is and look at that gorgeous grain. I finished the top off with a couple coats of matte polyurethane, which has been my recent go to top coat finish choice.

I didn’t necessarily mind the gold-ish color of the metal under carriage (do you think of the movie Bridesmaids when you hear the term “under carriage” heehee), but to make a splash, I went with black matte spray paint. One can of spray paint was all that was needed.

Okay, I was not aware that there would be pictures taken here, but this is one of best views of the top after refinishing.

Okay, I was not aware that there would be pictures taken here, but this is one of best views of the top after refinishing.

Striking a pose outside of The Landmark Antique store before settling into space 29 (walk in the door and to the left, near the check out register). If you’re ever in Mission Viejo, CA be sure to stop in!

Over the next couple days I’m going to posts some dealer spaces. So many gorgeous pieces and talented dealers!

Yesterday we dropped her off at The Landmark Antiques; she's now waiting for her forever home

Yesterday we dropped her off at The Landmark Antiques; she’s now waiting for her forever home

I suppose this typing table would make a good compact desk, but it would make an even better bar cart!

I suppose this typing table would make a good compact desk, but it would make an even better bar cart!

The cir 1940 typewriter table would be a good portable desk, but I really hope it ends up as a bar cart in some amazing loft with old brick walls….can you picture it?

xxoo Kris

 

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