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Thursday, November 3, 2011

This is not a microwave cart! {Goodwill find}

But what is it?
 Hello everyone! I have a fun little find I scored at the Goodwill last week.
I walked by it and thought, hmmm..this is interesting.
The tag said Microwave cart.
I thought NO, that is not a microwave cart, but I have no idea what it is.
perhaps someone can shed some light.

Mike was a little disgusted by the whole purchase.  First he thought it is in pretty bad shape, and second, where will I put it?

I loved the beat up wheels, and chipped up legs...

I had ideas for this baby!
Doesn't Mike know me by now?

I know this number means something, I just don't know what.

You see it folds up for more work space.

I sanded the top real good, and put a few coats of stain on top.
Again, my left over combo from our Adirondack chairs.

Cleaned up great, stain took wonderful too.

You may notice I changed my header, therefore I thought I better show you this fast.

I paid $20.00 for this.  I think I paid a lot for it, but I really liked it, and today, you can't buy much for $20.00, so I rationalized it, and it came home with me.

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Blogger Unknown said...

It looks lovely how you have it all fixed up. the different sized mugs on the side is my favorite thing. I wonder if it used to be a portable typewriter table for a secretary in an office. something like that... just a guess. Now I'm showing how old I am .... Oh Dear !

- KAT -

November 3, 2011 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger gail@My Repurposed Life said...

I agree with Kat, it looks like a typewriter desk/table.
I think we had something like it in school (back in the day)
Your redo looks fabulous!

November 3, 2011 at 2:06 PM  
Blogger Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Love it! Looks like it was made for that space. I have no idea what it was intended for but it's perfect for your space.

November 3, 2011 at 2:06 PM  
Blogger Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Debbie, I agree with Kat and Gail that it is probably an old typewriter table. It looks good in that space and you header looks great too.

November 3, 2011 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

It's a typewriter table alright! Not that I know it all, but I'm older and used one like it years ago. Except the one I used wasn't nearly as cool as yours, Debbie!


November 3, 2011 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Cottage and Broome said...

Yes, if your old enough you know that was a typing table. Sorry to say I'm old enough, your redo turned out great! Laura Cottage and Broome

November 3, 2011 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My Gran would have called this a telephone table. LOVELY redo.

November 3, 2011 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger Sonny G said...

Love what you did with it and yes its a typewriter desk.. My grandmother had one beside her large desk and would grab the edge and wheel it over to her and then push it back...
Great Score~! you dont see those these days.. ahhh if it could talk and tell you all its seen and heard, you could write a best seller and never have to lift a finger again:)

November 3, 2011 at 2:29 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Touch of Nostalgia said...

Yep I agree an old typing table. Sigh...I am old enough to remember them. ;) Although I think it may be missing the left side. From what I remember they usually had sides that folded down on each side. I love how it looks now. Cute with the cups!

November 3, 2011 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger Linda @ A La Carte said...

Yep a typewriter table! I am old enough (a-hem) to recognize it for sure. Love what you have done with it...great find for $20! hugs, Linda

November 3, 2011 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger Ruby Jean said...

Okay my Mother has one just like that.. And guess what she uses it for... YES!!!! her Microwave... Maybe she is the one who tagged it at the Goodwill.. : ) It's so funny to she rolls that thing around to different parts of the house....Not sure why!!!

Great Re-Do!!! looks Fabulous

November 3, 2011 at 2:35 PM  
Blogger linda said...

wow i better start comming over every hour you have some new project going love what you did :)

November 3, 2011 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Ruth @ White Whimsy said...

What a great find. Love the way you have used it. It is just perfect for your home.

November 3, 2011 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger Gail said...

Great find and re-do Debbie. I agree with other''s a typewriter table. Looks great where you have it. I love how you added the cups on the side.

November 3, 2011 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger Grammy Goodwill said...

I see everyone seems to think it's a typing stand, which is also my thought. It probably came from a classroom and that's why it is numbered.

November 3, 2011 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Yes, a typewriter table. I have been looking for one of those with the wood top for a while, my hubby has a vintage typewriter that was his grandfathers and I want one like that to display it on...Lucky find!

November 3, 2011 at 3:20 PM  
Blogger Maureen Wyatt said...

I'd say it's a typewriter desk. Luckily, you are too young to remember them! ~ Maureen

November 3, 2011 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

I would love to find a typewriter table! Yours looks great!

Hopefully your husband now thinks it's fabulous the way you have it displayed. :)

Have a great day.

November 3, 2011 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

That table turned out so cute in your kitchen. I like how you hung your cups on it too. It looks like it might be an old typewriter table. I used to have one like that (in metal) when I was a kid (pre computer days). The side popped up to place your papers on to type from. I think everyone is of that impression based on the other comments I see. Ha!

November 3, 2011 at 3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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November 3, 2011 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger AntiqueChase said...

I love it! It's a typwriter table maybe? or a hospital table??

November 3, 2011 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger Glenda/MidSouth said...

Not sure the original use for it, but rolling carts like that come in handy. I agree with it possibly being a typewriter table. It cleaned up good! :D

November 3, 2011 at 4:01 PM  
Blogger cheeky rose said...

Thanks for stopping by. Not sure what your table used to be, but I can imagine it will look great once you have given this the Debbie touch and your husband will be eating his words

November 3, 2011 at 4:22 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Someone probably already told you it is a typewriter table. Cute.

November 3, 2011 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Yep, it's a typewriter desk and a pretty old one at that! You actually got a real deal at $20.00. The wheels alone sell for $10 each. So, if you ever get tired of it, take the wheels off, sell them on eBay and then you will have $40 to spend on something else!

November 3, 2011 at 4:46 PM  
Blogger Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

The fact that the piece has such character and is so unusual definitely makes the purchase price a steal. I love how you've transformed it. Your new header looks great, too!
Have a happy day, Debbie!
~ Wendi ~

November 3, 2011 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

You worked your charm on it & it looks great! I didn't know what it was until I read typewriter desk & then I thought, duh, of course!

November 3, 2011 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Debbie: Long, long ago, in the olden days, when typewriters were in style...

November 3, 2011 at 5:24 PM  
Blogger reFresh reStyle said...

It looks great, I am thinking typewriter desk too!

November 3, 2011 at 5:30 PM  
Blogger Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Great find! Love your new header too!

November 3, 2011 at 5:35 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Great little space you have there. I have a similar cart and it is a printer cart. I think you can use it in several ways. Love the new header, especially the shot of the whole family:)

November 3, 2011 at 5:47 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Once again, Debbie, you did a beautiful job turning something ugly into something pretty! I really like those mugs! :)

November 3, 2011 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger Honey at 2805 said...

It's a perfect table now that you have worked your magic on it! It's terrific for the place you put it. I agree, it looks like an ancient typewriter table.

Thanks for sharing your creativity with Potpourri Friday!

November 3, 2011 at 6:11 PM  
Blogger DIYbyDesign said...

It's totally an old typing table. When I was a freshman in college I had a job over the winter break at Allstate Insurance and I was a typist for them. They set me up in a closet (literally) with one of those typewriter tables and I typed all day. You did a great job fixing it up. Love your new header.

November 3, 2011 at 6:16 PM  
Blogger Blondie's Journal said...

I love it! If you can find a purpose for it then it's worth every penny!


November 3, 2011 at 6:36 PM  
Blogger deborah@confessions of a craigslist junkie said...

I see you've already been told it's a typewriter table. I have an old wooden one and I've been trying to figure out what I should do with it. Thanks for the idea!

November 3, 2011 at 7:00 PM  
Blogger Homeroad said...

I love the cart~! So worth the $20 bucks and I love the way you hung those measuring cups (I like them too by the way)
Great find and great fix up!

November 3, 2011 at 7:02 PM  
Blogger Peggy said...

Hey Debbie, Love that you did with this table, and it does look a lot like a table I had for a typewriter - oh so many years ago. Great project. Peggy

November 3, 2011 at 7:12 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

You know what Deb, being a picker....I have learned that if YOU like it and WANT it, it is worth it!!! So I don't ever pass up things that I know I would be able to spruce up and put to good use!! I love this cart! Functional in so many different ways. Wait til you see what I came home with recently. I will be blogging it!
: )

November 3, 2011 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

It looks like an old typewriter table that could be pulled up to a desk before they started making the "L" shaped desks. Now it looks like a fabulous kitchen piece! Bravo! Another wonderful transformation! When will men learn? When we bring it home, we always have an idea of what to do with it and find a place to use it =:) xo, Leena

November 3, 2011 at 7:55 PM  
Blogger Olive said...

Debbie, it has almost that industrial look and I think it was a good buy and you brought it back to life because you have Vision. Husbands sometimes do not "get" the vision part-Joe did not get my bucket that is for sure. hugs♥Olive

November 3, 2011 at 8:03 PM  
Blogger DeeAnna said...

Yes it is a typewriter table. I found one at Goodwill also! Here is mine:

My mom had one in her garage that she took out and uses in her kitchen too!

November 3, 2011 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Your typewriter table was a little scary at first. Now it looks so cute with the new paint job and the cups.


November 3, 2011 at 8:08 PM  
Blogger The Polka Dot Closet said...

Yep, everyone got it right! I don't see these to often anymore and I would Definitely buy it if I saw it.....What's Mr. Hunky Man know anyway!


November 3, 2011 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Love the header and the table. Hmmm. I'm thinking maybe from hospital, tray or something. Love it. You'd spend more than that on fast food for four!

November 3, 2011 at 8:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie Dear! Oh, it looks wonderful! I think it's a little old fashioned typing table. I love it.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

November 3, 2011 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger Old Time Cindy said...

I just bought one (typewriter table) very similar to yours just recently. Like what you did with yours!

November 3, 2011 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Love it! It's only the second wood-top typewriter table I've ever seen on the blogs--never in person. It's something I would LOVE to have!

November 3, 2011 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger Laurel@ChippingwithCharm said...

Love it...great find, glad you rescued it :) Laurel

November 3, 2011 at 9:45 PM  
Blogger Jemsmom said...

I have no idea what it is, but I love what you have done with it! The hanging measuring cups are so cute!!!

November 3, 2011 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger Robyn Story said...

don't you just love the goodies at goodwill!! i love the little table and i love how you gave it a second shot at a beautiful life in your home

November 3, 2011 at 10:14 PM  
Blogger Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Well, I'm glad you found out what your table was in its former life! I noticed that you have a cookbook that I have also. It's the red one that says Coastal Carolina Cooking. It's one of my favorites because all the recipes were handwritten and then copied. Wouldn't it be fun to make a recipe from it?

November 3, 2011 at 10:25 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Debbie, I wish the clerks at Goodwill could see what you have done with this table. I think it is darling and a good use of 20.00 dollars if I may say so myself:-) Your going to have to open an etsy shop in order to justify your purchases -everything purchased would be for the "business" :-)

November 3, 2011 at 11:03 PM  
Blogger Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Wow, that is a great find Debbie! I saw typewriter table too. I love that it folds down on the side. Everyone needs extra table space!

November 3, 2011 at 11:42 PM  
Blogger Divine Theatre said...

I learned to type on a table like that! Very creative use! I love your new header as well! The family photo is perfection!


November 3, 2011 at 11:48 PM  
Blogger Rhissanna said...

Lovely little table. A typewriter table would mare a really good laptop table! I love the finish you put on it and love the new header,too.

November 4, 2011 at 12:12 AM  
Blogger Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Talk about taking something that others may not see any potential in..and turning it into something cute AND just took the prize!! Sweet!!

November 4, 2011 at 2:26 AM  
Blogger Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

P.S. OH..and it rolls..yep, could be a typewritter's a little kitchen station now!! :)

November 4, 2011 at 2:27 AM  
Blogger FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

Silly youngster, it's a typewriter table! :-) LOVE it, BTW!


November 4, 2011 at 2:53 AM  
Blogger bj said...

An olden typing table, I do believe. I had a metal, where the heck is it ??? Goodwill? Probably.:)

I love what you did with cute with the cups hanging.

Why is it that ALL husbands are built-in with "where ya gonna put it?"

November 4, 2011 at 6:16 AM  
Blogger Stampindamour said...

This table turned out fantastic!

Your hubby sounds like my hubby when I bring home thrift store finds.

FAB Blog, btw! :)



November 4, 2011 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger KAREN said...



November 4, 2011 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger ~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

You found so many interesting thing at thrift store, and made wonderful use out of it!

November 4, 2011 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Love your Table, you never cease to amaze me...what you can do with an old beat up piece o furniture! wow!!!!...please come to my house and start fixing up things! lol!!!..btw, I noticed the little roos' righway and thy look lovely...leave them on!

November 4, 2011 at 6:07 PM  
Blogger niartist said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE that table, and how the cup hooks and the cups hang! So beautiful.

Oh, and I like the roosters! :)

Found my way back over through Martina, and happy I did!

Xoxoo, A

Oh, P.S. - I just posted the first room of the tour of our house, I hope you'll stop by to check out the Sunroom and the decoration. I think you'll like it! :)

November 4, 2011 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger Joy Burkhart said...

It looks like an old typewriter table. Great job of fixing it up!

November 5, 2011 at 1:26 AM  
Blogger Stacey Stuwe said...

Love This! Goodwill is one of my favorite places to pick!!

November 5, 2011 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Gypsy Heart said...

It's an old typewriter table. :-)


November 5, 2011 at 9:57 PM  
Blogger Cedar Hill Chronicles said...

Hi came over from Miss Mustard Seeds. That my girl is definitely a typewriter table. You fixed up right cute!

November 6, 2011 at 7:22 PM  

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