Old metal typewriter tables can be found at garage sales, flea markets and sometimes, even left out on a curb. Many are sold online as well, which is where I found this beauty. [Please disregard the backgammon board in front of the table. At the time, I thought I would pair the two. Plans changed.]
Remember the vintage sling chairs I restored? We use them all the time. I wanted to create a
beverage cart to match the chairs’ nautical theme. DecoArt provided me with the perfect chalky finish paint and wax to make this project easy as 1-2-3.
I painted the typewriter table using DecoArt’s “Legacy,” a beautiful deep blue. I painted the entire table, legs and all. And this is how it looked–very blue, do you agree?
Although the blue is a wonderful color, the table needed more interest. So I taped off the edges, including the fold-out leaf.
Then I painted the center areas in DecoArt’s “Everlasting,” a true white. The table looks better already, but it still needed more oomph.
Out came the “Nautical Knot” stencil by Americana Decor. Using a stencil brush and black “Carbon” paint, I gently painted inside the stencil design. Be sure to dab the brush with paint onto a paper towel first to get rid of the excess paint. This will help avoid seepage under the stencil.
I love the way the compass came out on the table. However, the leaf now looked plain.
Using the Patio Paint Home & Garden “Vintage Numbers” stencil, I painted numbers on the fold-out leaf to represent map coordinates.
Once the numbers and letters dried [which was very quick], I waxed the entire table with Clear Creme Wax. For a slightly time-worn look to the cart, I added Golden Brown Creme Wax, quickly wiping it off until I achieved the look I wanted.
Then I adhered hemp rope trim along the edges of the main surface.
The typewriter table was simple to paint, stencil, wax and accessorize to repurpose it into our new beer cart. I added a woven basket at the bottom to hold extra beer and glasses,
tied hemp rope around two mason jars,
bought a double pail to use as an ice bucket and bought coordinating drink napkins.
Lastly, I adhered an anchor hook to hold a towel.
Now, we are ready for hot days and warm evenings to relax and unwind in our nautical backyard.
I am part of DecoArt’s Outside Artists program, and received product and compensation for this project. However, all ideas are 100% my own.