Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Printer's Ink

A few months ago, I decided I was looking for a small change in my kitchen dining area.  I had a lovely framed print on the wall, but wanted something a little different.  I thought I might like a piece of subway-type art but most of the pieces that I saw in our local stores were almost all vertical.  I needed a piece that was horizontal.  So I looked, over the next several months, but  I came back empty handed each time. I wasn't discouraged.  I just kinda put the idea on the back burner.  

Then, I found the perfect piece for my dining area.

Yes, it's the real deal.  A printer's type tray.  No, it wasn't the deal of the day on a website.  It wasn't an amazing find at a flea market or an antique store. The tray was in storage and a piece from our local small-town newspaper that my family used to own.  When I picked up the tray with my SIL, we also picked up an old shoe box. 

So, here's what was in the box...

It was a box full of old wooden printer's type. 
 This was the real deal, too.  

So I sorted all the type out---alphabetically, of course.  
I brushed it off with a brush to clean the pieces
 up a bit.  I only wet one piece and the water
 was bluish black from ink--
 from many years of use so many years ago.
There were several different fonts
 and there were a few numerals, too.


I'm happy to share my vintage treasures with you today-
I hope you enjoyed seeing these relics from my past.
And, I hope you're having a great week and staying cool!
Thanks for visiting my blog!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Industrial Cart Coffee Table

 It's always good to speak up! Right?? Don't you think so???    Like last fall when I stopped by my brother's house to say hello and a guy pulled up in his truck with an item that immediately caught my eye.....SO I SPOKE UP......and I said....
So this is what I got....

It's been having a few touches* done to it here and there and now, it has a place in front of our outdoor fireplace.
The wheels are perfect and heavy.
Two large ones on the longer sides
 and two smaller ones on the ends.
Old paint and stains from the nails.

And, while you're reading this post, please notice my vintage galvanized tool caddy that I got a couple of years ago.  I love it.  I just love, love a tool caddy....don't ask why--I don't know.

The name, JAKES, is on both sides of the cart. 
 I believe that this was a railroad cart and it 
was manufactured in Nashville, Tennessee.
So now when we're outside, we prop our heels up
 on our wonderful industrial cart.
How about coming over for a visit and
 joining us when it gets a bit cooler?  We're outside now, but I'd hate to invite you over when it's so hot here in Alabama.


***Several coats of Thompson's Water Seal were applied to the wood, the iron wheels were sealed so they wouldn't leave rust marks on our patio and the smaller wheels on the ends were extended so the cart sits PERFECTLY flat without tipping...Thank you Eddie!!

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