Vintage Typewriter Gets a New Home

November 11th, 2008 in member junk     
MimiToria Gretchen Schaumann, contributor
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We just finished creating a new space for our 14 year old daughter which is the door you see to the left in this photo.  This display area is at the bottom of the steps of a rambler style home in an unfinished basement.  We have painted the block walls a cherry apple green and accent with black and white in a small TV room that has a temporary carpet as well.
This vintage typewriter was purchased for $15 at an antique type shop and was originally headed for demolition, as I had planned to use the keys for my jewelry business.  Hurrah for Candy and her great project post and this typewriter came out of storage and has a new life.  It came in a great case as well, and really was in such great condition that I didnt want to dismantle it, so glad Id waited.
This view is from in the family room area looking towards Emilys new room and shows the completed area.  I just laid a new 12 x 12 vinyl flooring in this area as well as painted and finished up the installing the trim.  Now I have another blank wall in the house to do something with. : )
Vintage typewriter, vintage camera (photography is another hobby of mine) and a quaint black painted angel head with a pc. of slate (bought years ago at Junk Markets store)under these items to make the black pop. 
This photo shows a pc. of tin from a ceiling that was made into a simple display board.  I had used it to sell magnets at a store I sold at, but now will use it to post photos, notes, etc.  I also bought these great magnets at a sale I went to on Saturday and just loved the colors of them.  Another project idea.
A vintage black painted tool trug filled with branches covered with faux snow, a white dove (.10) and a Let it Snow sign (2.00).
We just finished creating a new space for our 14 year old daughter which is the door you see to the left in this photo.  This display area is at the bottom of the steps of a rambler style home in an unfinished basement.  We have painted the block walls a cherry apple green and accent with black and white in a small TV room that has a temporary carpet as well.

We just finished creating a new space for our 14 year old daughter which is the door you see to the left in this photo.  This display area is at the bottom of the steps of a rambler style home in an unfinished basement.  We have painted the block walls a cherry apple green and accent with black and white in a small TV room that has a temporary carpet as well.


Candy from Junk Sophisticates posted a great project with a freebie typewriter she received and I liked it so well I decided to pull out a stored typewriter I had in our home and use her idea to create this

I currently have this display sporting some Holiday touches, as I'm trying to get a few things set up around the house.  The dove, snow branches and star garland will be changed out after the holidays.


Pattern or design used: Candy with Junk Sophisticates
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Comments (12)

Chovey writes: Love the great ideas!
cynthia Posted: 6:57 pm on November 13th
csudderth writes: Wonderful display. I used to teach typing (back when they used real typewriters instead of computer keyboards) so I really like all these ideas for old typewriters. Good thing you didn't dismantle it!
Christy Posted: 8:20 pm on November 12th
LuAnn writes: These may be the newest idea for decorating!! Love 'em.

LuAnn Posted: 6:27 pm on November 11th
roadtriplouise writes: I like your way to display a family picture, need to fine a typewriter deal like that! I want to paint my bedroom a mustard color, but have not been brave enought yet. Since it snowed today, I'm ready to decorate for winter, put away the fall stuff. Ann Posted: 6:18 pm on November 11th
MimiToria writes: Janis - Glad you like it!
Like I mentioned this is concrete block basement walls painted. First they were primed white and than painted with the green. The color is kind of a soft apple green like Granny Smith applies. I don't have any more paint, so don't know the color. I think it was from Sears, a we were painting the exterior of our house and I might of bought it then. Just find a nice green you like and have it color matched. I'm not usually this bold with color, but it was my husband and daughters idea and since it was an unfinished area in our basement (block walls) I didn't figure too much damage could be done. Our cabin has a lot of color too, but that was there when we bought it. I would never be brave enough to paint walls the color that is in our cabin. Ha! : )
Gretchen Posted: 11:52 am on November 11th
shabbychick writes: Gretchen, it looks great! Love every little bit of it - and your wonderful style just "pops" against the green wall!! Very nice way to display a family photo! I think Candy has started something... :)

Kathy Posted: 11:42 am on November 11th
fellowjunker writes: Mind sharing your paint info?? Also, did you spray the evergreen--it looks great.
xojanis Posted: 11:36 am on November 11th
fellowjunker writes: Wow Gretchen, have you ever been busy!! Painting, LAYING TILE, junking and creating beautiful displays!! This looks outstanding (I'm not one to play around with a lot of colour, but I absolutely love that apple green, and might have to try it!!) The entire vignette is beautiful with the black and white accents (our favorite!!!).
This typewriter idea is just tooo great!!!
xojanis
Posted: 11:34 am on November 11th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Your display looks so good! I really like what you did all around. I can't believe you found the typewriter for $15. What a steal!

I also love the thriftiness of your "Let it Snow" display. Beautiful work!

Candy Posted: 11:02 am on November 11th
junkin4fun writes: Gretchen

What a really fun area you have created in your basement.It really looks great. Love the black in front of the green wall. It really makes it pop. Thanks for posting your pictures.

Robin Posted: 10:29 am on November 11th
MimiToria writes: Thanks Lani. Not sure what I did to the photo, as it was taken at the Peoria, Illinois waterfront in October and was in color. I was having a hard time figuring out the sepia/b x w deal and got impatient and just started messing around with saturation/etc. and this is what I came up with.
The typewriter was from "The Round Barn", when it was still that name. Don't you just love it? It is more petitie like a portable style vintage typewriter than most of the typewriters I've bought in the past.
Gretchen Posted: 10:28 am on November 11th
CottageElements writes: Great picture of the fam! This was a great idea, thanks Candy. Is your picture in black/white with just the red accented? Love that look. I did that with my Christmas family pictures last year. What a great deal on the typewriter, too! Thanks again!

Lanette Posted: 10:24 am on November 11th
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