Vintage Metal Typing Table Makeover

June 22, 2021


Photo of a vintage metal typing table.

I found it still kicking around in my shed this spring and decided to give it a makeover for my covered patio.

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Photo of upside down metal vintage typing table
The table had already been spray painted an orange red on the top sides, but the bottom was still original green.

I washed it down with Dawn Dish Soap water, and then brushed on two coats of Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Caviar.  I painted the top and bottom sides.

Photo of a Paris Flower Market stencil
I pulled out a French Flower Market stencil from Maison de Stencils that I have had a couple years now.

Photo of a vintage typing table with French stencils
I taped it to the tabletop and pounced on the stencil with Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Drop Cloth. 

Photo of a stenciled vintage typing table
Here's the finished top stencil.  I just love Dixie Belle Chalk Paint, especially the color Caviar.

Photo of a French stencil package from Michael's
I decided to add the French script portion of this Artminds stencil to the drop down table sides.

I had this stencil in my stencil bin from Michael's.  I have used parts of it before on other projects.  There are 7 pieces.

Photo of a typing table being stenciled with a French Script stencil
First, I centered the stencil vertically and horizontally and then filled in the top and bottom space with additional stenciled script lines.

I don't know French, so not sure if any of it makes sense!

Photo of a French script stencil on the typing table leaf

Photo of a painted & stenciled vintage typing table
I sealed the paint and stencils using two coats of Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch Multi Purpose Clear Matte Spray

Photo of a painted & stenciled vintage typing table on the covered patio
I will be using the table on my covered patio this summer, between my Adirondack chairs.

Photo of newly painted & stenciled typing table.

Photo of vintage typing table with new paint & stencils on the patio
I will be sharing the rest of my 2021 covered patio decor very soon.

Photo of a vintage typing table with new paint & French stencils
I think the old typing table adds vintage charm to covered patio!

Thanks for visiting!

Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. I can’t believe you got that for $1.00! Great repurpose!!

  2. Carlene,
    I just love your makeover. And I love seeing old furniture made into something new and useable! What a great job you've done. I'd like to sit in your Adirondacks and sip a glass of tea!

    1. I sip hot or iced tea there all the time. It’s always shady and I have a ceiling fan over the patio too! Thanks!


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