I was out garage sale-ing this morning and came across this cutie! It’s a vintage Brother Charger 11 Typewriter and it is truly portable! Pretty dirty when I found it but it cleaned up nicely with a dampened microfiber cloth – love those things!!
The white plastic case is really a lid that fits into the back in two slots and securely fastens to the front. The ribbon in this one is still pretty good so I had fun trying to type with it. I finally have broken myself of pounding the computer keyboard so I had to concentrate to actually type again!
Typewriter and cse
Tucked away inside it’s case
Boy! I had lighting issues with this thing-it’s a really pretty cream color!
This is a terrific farm table set that Miss Sophia gave the barn wood treatment to on the top of the table and the bench. The chairs were sprayed in a nice coordinating color. And it sold in less than 24 hours.
Closeup of the paint technique on the table top
Overall view of the Farm set in the Barn Wood technique
And this buffet in Smoke Signal is a great go-with piece!
Buffet in APC’s Smoke Signal
Before she finds a new home I need to share this makeover that Miss Sophia did after months of watching people love on the original version but pass it by. A nice young man is thinking it over but I think he’ll be back this weekend!
And he was – SOLD!
Lovely lines, gorgeous fretwork but wasn’t selling….
A couple of coats of American Paint Company’s Waistcoat and some strategic distressing and she looks like this now:
Terrific makeover, Miss Sophia!!
You can tell we’ve been working hard on new projects – I still have another in the works.
Miss Sophia’s Projects:
Table painted in the Driftwood style
APC’s Coral Reef dresser with dark stained top
Beautiful white dresser
Pretty little two drawer nightstand in APC’s Coral Reef – ~SOLD!~
Miss Evie’s largest project lately:
Buffet painted in APC’s Freedom Road with original stain doors and drawer
Miss Sadie’s latest project:
Cute table with drawer painted in APC’s Sackcloth and dark waxed for age
Found this table and it was filthy and dried out but had terrific bones so I took a chance on scrubbing the heck out of the dirty paint, having the hubby add to the natural distressing and re-staining the top a bit. And I think it turned out quite nicely!
Lovely shape and legs!
Sometimes it’s all about the tweak!
Long story short since there are no “before” pictures-you have to imagine just how filthy and spider nest encrusted this piece was – so bad she almost left it at the bottom of the drive but help arrived when she needed to load it into her SUV so she took it home. I would have lost it when the spider nests appeared – yuck!!
After a really good brushing and bath, she noticed that the bottom was rotten, the trim was missing at the bottom of one stack of drawers and the top needed sanding – badly! (Story in itself – whatever was on the top wouldn’t even budge with 40 grit sandpaper!) Enter her trusty stain and faux wood painting skills. Hubby replaced the bottom and the trim pieces, she painted the body yellow and stenciled it for extra charm-added knobs from our new favorite store in the state and voila!
If it wasn’t overcast out there on the sun porch you would see how nice a yellow color this really is! Amber Waves of Grain by American Paint Company
Hubby found two sets of drawers recently because he knows how much I love them! I love painting them in different colors and they are very useful to store or display smaller items. The first two of the set sold before I could post them the other day – these are the four that are left.
Beach Glass, Old white, Lampblack and Smoke SIgnal
These are nice longer ones, too.
All four have a new forever home-thank you!
She lived in my garage for over 20 years; she lived in an exposed location for how many years before that? I don’t know. At one time I thought to restore her, even ordered quarter sawn oak veneer to replace the top surface. But after 20+ years in my garage, I decided to repurpose her as best I could.
First – the drawers were cleaned up, painted and then sold over Facebook to a very nice lady back East.
Next, we painted the base of the machine flat black and added an antique sewing machine table top I just happened to also be storing in my garage since the original cabinet was no longer restorable. The top piece had its own folding legs but they were never sturdy enough for my liking. Love the carved ruler in it! Lots of signs of use and abuse over the years but a light sanding and some fresh stain helped.
The re-purposed sewing table top
Side view of the Willlamette base
I had intended to get better pictures but she sold quickly!
The drawer holders have been re-purposed into shelves – not an original idea. I bought a similar one years ago from a fellow vendor at a previous mall I was part of. Mine houses my collection of miniature pottery. I will dry brush with some white paint – someone else did some sloppy painting before I got it so it needs evened out.
drawer holders soon to be shelves
My hubby carefully salvaged some pieces of the beautiful cabinet and has plans, I’m told. Saved the front drawer too.
And the machine? I’m not sure. At one time she was glorious!
Be sure to click on the pictures to enlarge them!
Brass doors to old Post Office boxes
Well, I missed a few weeks-sorry! Life interrupted but here are some awesome things the hubs just found in the garage – I had forgotten them but he says he knew they were there.
At one time I think he thought to make banks out of them. Now they can go to a new home where they won’t be forgotten, hopefully! Sorry, they are not in the shop but will be appearing on Etsy soon. Check the top of the blog and see if they are there yet.
P.S. The man has been telling me there is wonderful stuff in the garage and he’s right…..(but you don’t have to tell him I said so, please!)
Love these quick little projects that Beach Glass makes absolute standouts!
This little display stand is a collaboration between hubby and me He added the pedestal and I finished it-perfect for a few cupcakes and more!
Display stand in APC’s Beach Glass
and it sits on a little tiny dresser or nightstand that I got a bit brave with – I usually stick with one color projects.
Three APC colors-Cameo, Beach Glass and Sackcloth
My favorite APC color to date and there are a bunch to choose from…