ReInvented Vintage Metal Typewriter Tables

Vintage metal typewriter tables have been on my radar lately.  I still remember having a typewriter while in school, pecking away all my reports, hoping I did not make an error, or the whole thing was goofed.  Even with the corrector cartridge, it made an awful presentation.  This bygone tool has left us with these absolutely cool tables that need another purpose.  Just because we all don’t have a typewriter in our home, it does not mean these versatile pieces can’t be used in another way.

Enter, ReInvention!  I am loving this word (even though spell check does not!)  This is exactly what I found when I did a little online prowling.  People taking this once very one-specified piece of furniture and in a way inventing a new purpose for it.


One of the more utilitarian purposes I found was for a laptop table.  This is today’s typewriter afterall, so why not?

ReInvented Vintage Metal Typewriter Tables

 Second Wind Cabin Vintage Goods 


Using a typewriter table as a small sideboard in a dining room, especially if you live in a compact space, makes for a great look.  I love how this one is placed in front of a chalkboard wall and balanced with a fun word art canvas.

ReInvented Vintage Metal Typewriter Tables

My Sweet Savannah


Sometimes bedrooms, especially here is Southern California can be really tiny.  Fitting a typewriter table next to the bed is a great way to add character without sacrificing a lot of space.  I love how this one boasts a wire basket on the bottom shelf giving more room for storage for books and such.

ReInvented Vintage Metal Typewriter Tables

Emily Henderson

This one has one of the leaves up for a little extra table top room for the bed side with a woven basket below.

ReInvented Vintage Metal Typewriter Tables

Farm Fabulosity & the Barn Store


By putting up the side leaves and stocking with glassware, ice bucket, & drinks, the typewriter table becomes an instant bar cart.

ReInvented Vintage Metal Typewriter Tables

Painted Dog Furniture


Pairing a typewriter table with a modern chair gives a nice modern vintage feel.  It is a great side table that can easily be moved if necessary.

Reinvented Vintage Metal Typewriter Tables

Place Michel

As a side table, the typewriter table gives a modern living space a nod to the past and giving an old piece new life.

ReInvented Vintage Metal Typewriter Tables

Janeane Pittman Design


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Shop Opening

August 6, 2014

Shop OpeningHave you ever had a moment in your life when you realize you just need to go for it?  At the risk of sounding like an Eminem song, I have come to terms with starting something I have always wanted to do, but always seemed too daunting.  But now I am doing it!

So without further ado: (drumroll please) I have opened up an Etsy shop to sell vintage home decor & furnishings as well as hand made and repurposed items for the home by mwah in the future.

Vintage Typewriter Table

{Vintage 1950’s Typewriter Table – $70} {Copper Flower Bowl – $12} {Frida Kahlo Tequila Shot Glass Holder – $17}

This is going to be done in baby steps, and my true dream is to have vintage and repurposed items for the home that I can have in stock for design clients.  Perhaps a warehouse full!  Ok, I thinking big here, otherwise what is the point, eh?  You know, a whole “I Brake for Yard Sales” kind of moment!   Mixing vintage with modern has become a part of life for me and I want to incorporate that into my day to day business model.

Pineapple Bowl

{Carved Pineapple Bowl – $10}

For right now, this part of Janeane Pittman Interior Design is me and my husband scouring Orange County flea markets, estate sales, garage sales, and thrift stores to curate treasures that fit the modern vintage vibe with a hand crafted feel.

Bamboo Handle Fruit Knives

{German Bamboo Handle Fruit Knives – Set of 8 – $10}

So, please check out the beginnings of what we have found so far and be sure to favorite the Janeane Pittman Design shop to get updates.  I will be posting about new listings along the way too.  You will notice that I have an affinity for wood, bamboo, rattan, mid century modern, whimsical, and bohemian.  So far, I can tell you that everything I have acquired for the shop is something I would put in my own home and it will be a heart breaking moment over and over again when they sell.  I know they will be going to good homes, so I am sure the adoption process will not be as hard as I am making it. (smile!)

{Carved Wood Art - $15}

{Carved Wood Art – $15}








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The Baskets are on the Wall

For a while now I have been collecting baskets and basket trays from Goodwill to create a gallery wall in my hall.  This blank wall has been staring at me for years and it was high time I did something.  But not just anything.  I wanted something that looked collected and curated over time and that is exactly what this project has turned out to be.  It has taken me quite a while to collect just the right baskets I wanted to showcase.

Hallway before baskets on the wall

Here is the view of the blank wall in the hall from the living room going down to the bedrooms.

Hallway before baskets on the wall

And here is the view from the end of the hall looking back at the living room.  It’s so bare!

Baskets on WallAfter laying the baskets out on the floor, I arranged the perfect way to hang them.  I love how they flow with the living room and entry way.  They give the hallway a more inviting look as if to say, “Come down here too!”

Baskets on Wall

I also love all the different shapes, sizes, colors, & textures each of the baskets have.  It fills the gap between the hall closet and hall bath nicely.

Baskets on Wall

I was also lucky enough to find that white one with a mirror that I just love.  The dimension this basket gallery gives a long, flat, & narrow space is just wonderful.

Baskets on WallI only spent around $25 total for this project, got priceless character, and was able to repurpose.  Thank you Goodwill!  #FindTheGood








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This project has been a long time coming.  I kind of feel like I am taking my whole family along for a ride with my design challenge.  I had been scouring Craigslist for actually MONTHS for side tables for my living room.  Finding the right combination of style, size, location, & price can take patience, and in my case, it finally happened, although it does have a funny story behind it.

Craigslist can be an interesting animal, at least with my experiences.  Bringing people together who would otherwise not meet can bring out some personality quirks.  This time did not fail me.  As I declared the first week in December that “I FINALLY FOUND THEM!” to my husband, he went along with my antics as I proceeded to email the anonymous person with MY side tables in a neighboring city.  We are both very cautious when it comes to Craigslist, so I was still a little skeptical that we would end up with them.

In the end, we arranged to meet to view them (high finances taking place here!)   With my husband in tow and my dad driving his truck for transport (thanks Dad!) I could hear the judgment in his voice asking where I knew this person from.  You have to picture this; I am in my late thirties, been married for over 18 years, and my dad in his 60’s.  I guess you never stop being a protective parent.  Back to the story at hand, we entered the apartment of the side table seller and there they were: two of the most hideous blond oak tables known to man.  I glanced over at my husband and the look I got was not reassuring.  He actually said out loud, this is your deal.  The funny part was that I could tell from the apartment that the man was single and was very proud of his place.  He claimed these pieces had been in the family for years, but he had purchased a new set to better suit his place.  I looked around, and the new pieces looked almost identical to the ones for sale.  I smiled and asked for a discount.

The looks of confusion did not stop when I got to the car where my dad was waiting to load and again at the house when family came to visit.  We were due to leave for a trip the next week so the tables were destined to wait as my head wondered if I had made the right decision.

Now, on to the design part: when I created the design plan for my living room I found a pair of designer tables that retailed for $1000 each.  I fell in love with the simple lines, color, and two tier design.  With several stand-out furnishings in the room, I wanted these tables to take a supporting role.  Hence, a $2000 price tag did not stand to reason.  Here is my design concept sheet for the side tables showing the designer table on the left.


I ended up paying $40 for the tables and $40 on two sanding pads and 6 cans of spray paint.  So my $80 was a gamble I was willing to take to make this happen.  These 24”x24” tables are solid oak and have a similar detail at the top to the designer table.  The legs are not as refined as the designer piece, but for the price, I could not pass it up.

Here was my simple process: I sanded down the tables lightly with a 180 very fine grit contour sanding sponge.  With a damp rag, I wiped down the tables removing dust and debris.  Next was the painting with Rust-Oleum Satin Paint & Primer in One in Espresso Brown.  I ended up using one can per table for the first coat, let it dry for one hour, then applied a second coat using again, one can per table.  I let them dry overnight, then the next day did some touch ups using a 1/2 can on each of the tables.







I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them!  My instincts were right with the lines of these pieces.  They fit perfectly into my design and my living room.  I am glad I took the chance and trusted my designer mojo.  My Hurry Up & Wait Challenge has been so rewarding to me and my husband.  I even have him excited to look for items off the list for killer prices.  Every purchase has an intention and I have confidence that it is not money wasted.

Another one bites the dust!  Check.



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