A Printer’s Drawer Makes A Comeback

I finally got tired of my subway art sign being predominant in my living room, so I decided to get all wild and crazy and really shake things up around here.

Sort of.

BEFORE – with subway art sign and stoneware jar on the top shelf (I know you are all jealous of my return air vent smack dab in the middle of my wall).

MIDWAY – printer’s box (or California Job Case, as my husband calls it) replacing the subway art sign. Not loving the stoneware jar next to the printer’s box though.

AFTER – replacing the stoneware jar with a thrifted ironstone vase.

Yep, I like the stark white of the vase against the dark, rough wood of the box. Opposites really do attract.

I made this tiny boxwood wreath at Christmas-time by taking a piece of heavy gauge wire, making a circle and tying some boxwood limbs to it. I wanted it to be very haphazard looking, so I purposely didn’t make it full and uniform. Yeah, that’s it. I wanted it scraggly.

What I find amusing about this printer’s box is that I have had it for probably 25 years. I bought it back when country decor meant lots of ducks and geese and country blue accents. I just recently fell back in love with it, because it looks industrial to me all of the sudden and this girl loves her industrialness. Or is that industrialocity?

Everything comes back in style eventually. I guess I’ll have to start making clothes for my concrete goose now. And I do not jest. Her name is Gabby.

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  1. says

    It looks great there and I love the little wreath! If I find a wreath like that I may have to copy cat it. I found a printers box when I went to pick up a little pine table before Christmas. The printers drawer was hanging on the wall of the guys garage, like and episode of American or Canadian Pickers. I asked if it was for sale and the guy said $5. He threw in a large gold frame for a couple of bucks too. I controlled myself enough not to skip all the way to the car.

  2. says

    You’re right — everything DOES come back in style eventually. Reminds me of an older lady that attended our church when I was a teen. She was always dressed to the nines, and she had THE MOST fabulous shoes. Shoes that were so unique and like new. When we asked her one time where she got her shoes, she told us that they were all old, old, old. Apparently, she had always had a thing for shoes, and she had so many pair that they didn’t get especially worn out. Years later, when she wore them again — they were still like new. And all of the clothes-crazy teenagers were so jealous!

  3. says

    Love that printers box, it looks perfect with that pretty white vase.Things really do come back around, but I don’t think I’m ready for the return of ducks and geese LOL, although Gabby sounds adorable.

  4. says

    I love your printer’s box. I had a reproduction one that warped and I had to throw it away.

    I am glad that I am not the only one who tries things over and over again until I feel like the vignette is just right.

    Your is just right!

  5. says

    Oooo, I saw the teeniest tiniest vintage ceramic dog who would love to claim one lone cubby as his home. woof, woof

    Hehe. I’m totally picturing your tray filled with country wood dolls and geese with calico scarves around their long necks. I’m thinking some really large pom poms around concrete goosey’s neck.

  6. says

    please no, not the geese! i imagine them returning in nightmare fashion. one moment they’re quietly stored away in the basement, then suddenly & without warning they appear on my hearth {wearing their little blue bonnets} staring me down, daring me to remove them.

  7. says

    It looks great with the white pottery against it. I have two printers drawers and cannot figure out what to do with them. I dig your empty frames too. We must smack your houses contractor about that cotton pickin vent.

  8. says

    I always love the look of a printer’s boxes. So many good uses and very industrial-chic, I think. You’re right, the white next to it is perfection.

    As for that vent – oh dear, leave it to builders to not think through things like that. I have a couple weird things like that in my house that make me just shake my head in dismay.

  9. says

    I see I have missed many very good posts here! I really need to check these out, like how to make the Hypertufa pots, love the bowling balls and I have my old bowling ball from many years ago out on the porch, wondering just what to do with it, now I know! Thank you!
    Happy Valentines Day!

  10. says

    Every year I hint to my step mother to give me her printer drawers. I just love them so much. I love how you have your’s displayed. I would love for you to share you post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us!


  11. says

    I love the white vase. Yes you are right the stark white with dark brown is perfect And things do come back around again. If only my Mom would have kept all those clothes in her closet. Ha ha . Have good day.

    @ 3Beeze Homestead

  12. says

    Oh how I would love to have a printer’s tray! Hubs and I were at an auction the other day, but the tent was packed, we were at the back, and I’m short…I couldn’t see a thing. I could only hear bits and pieces of the descriptions of what they were auctioning off. I heard something about “bracket” and something about “wood” and it went for a few bucks. A minute later I saw “it” coming back through the crowd and it was a humongo printer’s tray!! I could NOT believe I had missed it. I was so very aggravated. Curses upon you short stubby legs! Anyways, your tray looks gorgeous. : )

  13. says

    Mine has sentimental value because my great-grandfather was a typesetter at a newspaper and mine had the letters that you store in the little slots. Now I use it to store my spools of thread and have it hung above my sewing machine. It is bright and colorful and makes it easy for me to see exactly the color thread I need for my next sewing project. I don’t care if the printers tray is in style or not because it is so functional to me.

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