Friday, June 5, 2009

Project Day: Vintage Printers Tray Treasures



Today I wanted to show you a little work in progress. My vintage printers tray. I picked this up on Ebay for $25. I was going to paint it but the more I looked at it the more I liked it the way it was. Old, rough and a little tattered. I had already collected a few bits and pieces and I am continually adding to it. You can put anything you like in them. I have a weakness for small vintage glass bottles and vintage ceramic doll heads. And of course shells. Once it is full I will hang it in my study. It won't be long now. I am almost there. Have a great weekend everyone, a long weekend here in Queensland (again) so I will talk to you all next week. Simone xx

40 comments:

  1. I've seen these full with shells and it looks fantastic..., oh, and dear Simone I used another project of yours on my today's post!

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  2. Hi Simone!
    Just letting you know that I tagged you in a post over on my blog :)
    Happy Week-end,
    Simone :)

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  3. Love your printer's tray SImone. I picked one up for a song at the Camberwell markets in Melbourne a few years ago and I love it. I painted mine white and love changing the displays. Enjoy hunting for the last few treasure to finish yours!
    Clare x

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  4. That is such a beautiful treasure. Where would we be without EBay? I love the way you are not going to paint it! Too often I think we run for that tub of white paint without even thinking it over. We're renovating at the moment and it's incredible to see how beautiful some of the original wood is underneath the multiple layers of paint placed over things over the years!

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  5. how gorgeous! you do have a knack with these things!

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  6. Oh I love that tray! You always have something for me to covet!!

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  7. Lovely mix of antique & nature ... just beautiful!

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  8. You scored a bargain there! Every time I see one on Ebay they end up going for a fortune. Very jealous.

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  9. Nice find! I have one that I picked up at a local antique place, it was already painted, but I agree with you, I wouldn't take a paint brush to beautifully worn wood. It seems almost sacrilegious. Takes away from the character of the piece.
    Beautiful! Enjoy!

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  10. I love printers trays and what you can do with them.

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  11. I like those little bottles, very cute!

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  12. i found one of these too!! a vintage letterpress drawer for 35 bucks on ebizzy!
    i intend to now buy 2. one for daughters room and one for exactly what you are doing...home to my collection of small bottles and shells and treasures. love it!!!!!!!

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  13. I love these.... I had one growing up with little porcelain animals in each cubby!!!

    Great find, and terrific price!
    Have a fabulous weekend ~~

    xo Laura

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  14. How lovely...i agree leave it as it is...your collection is lovely...thanks for sharing! Hope your weekend is full of wonderful surprises!! xoxo

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  15. Ooh, I love it! And I think you made the right decision about leaving it as is. The treasures you've put in it stand out much more than if it were painted white (not that you would have painted it white) and it doesn't look so tattered in the photo. I, too, love small bottles. Actually, small anything.

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  16. those pieces really brighten up that wood, perfect combination!

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  17. Love this!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  18. I love them and what a great bargain ..;
    have a great weekend too :)

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  19. O I've had my eyes peeled for one of these for a few years now - it looks great.

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  20. Love the idea, especially the shells. Wonderful way to store memories... Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such an inspiring comment. I'd love to play hostess, seriously! :)

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  21. I just love you blog. You are giving me so many ideas for my beach house.
    Love...

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  22. Oh so now I know who beat me out on those ebay bids,:) great deal, it looks perfect with shells inside.

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  23. These trays were very popular when I first started as an antiques dealer 40 years ago..went out of style..and now thankfully are in again...they are so great for what you are doing with yours. Looking forward to the finished project. xo Joan

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  24. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have been looking for a way to display some beautiful shells that we picked up on a Tassie trip - and now thanks to you, I know exactly how! Thanks Simone!

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  25. I love your buy and your style is so inviting.
    Ness xx

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  26. Very message-in-a-bottle Little-Mermaid treasure-tray :) Very cute!!

    Shawna's Study Abroad

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  27. This is wonderful...I love how you are arranging it, xv.

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  28. Hi Simone,
    What a clever idea! I'm glad you left it old and tattered...it's perfect. Love all your beautiful pieces that you're adding to it.
    Thanks for reminding me to look for new ways to use things.

    I wanted to thank you for your visit and your very sweet comment.

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  29. Hi Simone, I just love your blog, and today I
    tagged you in a post over on my blog -
    http://po-da-terra.blogspot.com/
    come to visit me ( I have translator !)
    best wishes, Bety Bucker

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  30. just to let you know I have mentioned you in my blog. Keep up your inspirational work!

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  31. What a fabulous bargain! I've seen a picture from India Hicks' home where she has done something similar.
    I'm having fun looking around your lovely blog, and thank you for following mine!

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  32. Look at your GORGEOUS blog!!!! Oh my goodness and you are in Brisbane too!... don't we have such talent in this here town. I'm still on dial up so your blog is still loading up. I'm going to pour myself a red wine and read every post....Oh you could teach me a thing or four hundred! A-M xx

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  33. I love your style Simone. You create such beautiful pieces i would never think of.... Always such amazing inspiration :) Kellie x

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  34. Hi there Simone, I'm glad you liked , you can visit again ? I changed the photo and now you can see it better, about the little clay vases you can ask then by e-mail ,so they send you a dozen - ceramicanakatani@hotmail.com
    Bety xxx

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  35. Oh this makes me so sad, mad? I had a printers tray that my grandparents gave me when I was young...my husband THREW it away cleaning out the garage this past year! Enjoy yours. I miss mine! :( KIM

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  36. Oh, I SO love this idea and all your little bottles! Just wonderful!

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  37. So Love the tray ! Have one very similar, with narrower compartments. Any idea what i would put into them?

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  38. Hi Black Zebra, I like international coins or small rocks. Just try and find anything you like thats teeny, Simone xx

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