Typing Table Refresh

by Wendy Copley on July 15, 2011

Ever since I got my typewriter, I’ve been looking for a good way to display it. We didn’t have a single spare inch in the office at our old place and though the office in our new house is a little roomier all of our furniture was being used for other purposes. Then, a few weeks ago, Zach bought me this retro typing table as a surprise!

Toledo Typing Table

I loved the shape and the fold-up sides, but the boring beige color was too…er…boring for me. One of my goals for the year was to surround myself with the bright colors I love and  brown just isn’t cutting it for me these days. So on a bright Saturday morning  I ventured out to the hardware store in search of the perfect shade of blue spray paint.

Toledo Typing Table

I ended up getting an awesome color called “spa blue”. I brought the can home, disassembled the table and sprayed the crap out of it.

Toledo Typing Table

You know that saying, “when you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail”? I think you could easily change it to, “when you have a can of spray paint, everything suddenly needs painting.” After I finished the table I looked around for other things to paint too. Spray painting is super fun. If you ever have something you want spray painted, I’d be happy to do it for you!

Toledo Typing Table

When the table was done, it looked awesome! Much prettier and cheerier.

Toledo Typing Table

It fits perfectly in the space under the window next to my desk and my typewriter looks terrific on it.

Toledo Typing Table

I even have space to pull up the wings when I’m typing something!

I’m so happy with this project that now I’m thinking I want to paint our kitchen table. Have you refreshed an older piece of furniture lately? What did you do?

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  • Whitney (Rookie Moms)

    Love it! Bring that can over here!

  • Pappy

    If you do your table, you will want to strip it first. Then my advice before you paint it is to give it a couple of coats of some clear finish. That way, the color is less likely to soak into the grain and make it impossible to return it to a natural finish in future.

  • http://www.wendolonia.com/blog wcopley

    Thanks Dad! That’s good to know. My biggest obstacle to painting the table is that I’m afraid I’ll want the natural wood color later, so I would definitely do what you suggest.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6YHRZ4QCPDGLRUH6HUYGHOQVLA BED

    beautiful!

  • Yiran

    The blue definitely looks better than the original tan/light brown color.  Oh, I also have a question about spray painting.  A while back, I purchased a jewelry box from Claire’s.  It was only $8 and had plenty of room to put stuff, but was painted a horrible shade of bright pink.  I would certainly like to repaint it (spray paint), most likely a dark color, and then add some hand painted details.  Is there anything I need to do to the jewelry box prior to applying the spray paint, or can I just grab a can and start painting the box? – Yiran

  • http://twitter.com/BovineSituation BovineSituation

    Love it!

  • Abby-Sophia

    I’m right there with ya! I had an old metal lawn chair that was faded yellow and in desperate need of a coat of paint. I got a can of purple spray paint for it, and when I was done I scanned the yard for anything else to paint. I found two other items, but alas my husband vetoed the purple for all of them. So it’s off to the hardware store to pick out some other colors!

  • Grammy

    Your “new” blue table is beautiful.  And your typewriter looks so fabulous now that it has the proper home.  But, take it from someone who typed for many years on just such a setup (way before computers) — you’ve got the typewriter on backwards.  That little indentation in the lower shelf of the table is so there will be room for your legs when you’re typing.

    Great paint job.  Seriously.  Now have fun typing in style!

  • http://www.wendolonia.com/blog wcopley

    Thanks! I noticed that the table was backward right after I posted the pictures. I’ve got it turned around now so it’s much more comfortable.

  • Grammy

    ‘Sokay.  I owed you one.  I really did buy those fabulous plastic cups from my local Joann store and they are truly the best in the world.  You should get a little something from those folks for presenting their product in such an appealing light!

  • Yiran

    Any advice?

  • http://www.wendolonia.com/blog wcopley

    Hi Yiran! I’m not sure if you need to do anything to the box before hand because I’m a spray paint newbie myself. My recommendation would be to ask whoever sells you your spray paint for their advice. It seems like there’s a paint for every surface so I bet you can find something that would work.

  • http://www.wendolonia.com/blog wcopley

    I’m sure the purple would have been lovely! :)

  • http://www.wendolonia.com/blog wcopley

    Awesome! I’m glad you’re enjoying them!

  • Yiran

    Ok, thanks Wendy! :)

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  • Nancy

    So pretty!  I love the finished look with your  typewriter on it.  That husband of yours gets and A+ for scoring these for you!  And, hey, can we get together before the summer is over? 

  • cici

    I bet your painting is lots more even than are my feeble attempts!   
    Well done – and I love the pix. 

  • http://www.makermama.com Maker Mama

    i love the blue! makes me want to get some spray paint–we do have some patio chairs that could use a little rustoleum…

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