Saving old furniture is in my blood, it’s a thriving passion. When I see a piece for sale, and it’s cheap, I know it’s the piece for me. Why? I can see the potential that no one else can see. It’s an addiction. Like this old sewing machine table.
It was the same person who sold me a vintage washstand that I gave a makeover (below). See the makeover here. His grandmother had just passed away. He was selling some of her old pieces that had been in storage outside. He explained to the Hubs and me that he was planning on throwing these vintage furniture away but decided to list them at a low price. Glad he did. Two more pieces saved from the landfill!
The sewing table was in pretty good shape. However, the sewing machine did not work and the wires were missing. The Hubs removed the sewing machine and gave it to my mom. She collects them!
The hardware and leg tips were rusty and chipped. Nothing that could not be repaired.
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The Plan for the Repurposed Sewing Machine Table
Now it was time to hash out a plan. The Hubs and I went out into the garage where the sewing table was located and began brainstorming. After really looking at the it, we both agreed it would make an excellent desk. But, what about the hole in the table top where the sewing machine was stored?
Hubs to the rescue! He would construct one of his signature tops. I was so excited because I knew it would be perfect for what we wanted to create.
Construction of the Table Top
We purchased several 1×4’s from Lowes. They were cut to 44 ½” long (the length of the sewing table) so that there would be a slight overhang. He then simply placed them on the existing top and nailed them into place (I need him to make tutorials for his builds!)
Finishing the Table Top
My stain color choice for the wood top was Minwax Special Walnut. I did not want the stain to be too dark, the desk was a little too dainty for that. Minwax stain is incredible to use because it allows the wood grain to be seen.
I sanded the top with 220 grit sandpaper, and then used a piece of tack cloth to remove any dust. I applied one coat of the stain, using a chip brush and wiping any excess stain off with a lint-free cloth. The chip brush is excellent to use when applying stain because it will get the stain in all the nooks and crannies, unlike just wiping. After allowing the top to dry for 24 hours, I applied a coat of Polycrylic. Note: To test that the stain is completely dry, run your hand across the finish. If you feel any sticky or tacky places, then it’s not completely dry. The Hubs outdid himself again! Isn’t it beautiful!?
Prepping the Repurposed Sewing Machine Table
Once the table top had dried overnight it was onto the prepping! The first order of business was to remove the drawers and hardware. The cabinet and the drawers were wiped thoroughly with Lysol wipes. It was dusty from being in storage, but nothing major. I also cleaned the bottom of the piece. Sometimes, as furniture flippers, we forget that the bottom has cobwebs and dead critters! See how I clean the bottom and inside of my furniture pieces HERE.
The Painting Process
The paint color I chose for this project was Dixie Belle’s, Tea Rose. It’s a faint pink, but still beautiful. This color would go perfectly with the new wood top and the petite, lady-like legs!
I applied two coats of Tea Rose, allowing 24 hours dry time in between coats.
Once the final coat was completely dry, I gave the table a very light sanding using 220 grit sandpaper to smooth the surface and to distress lightly around the edges.
I decided to use clear wax to seal the sewing machine table. After removing the sanding dust with a piece of tack cloth, I applied one coat of Dixie Belle’s Best Dang Wax. It’s easy to use and goes on like butter! Allow to dry for 15-20 minutes, and buff with a clean, lint-free white cloth.
Hardware for Sewing Table
I chose to change out the hardware completely. The pulls and knobs were chipping and had rusted. I went over to www.Dlawlesshardware.com. Their selection is one of the best that I have found! You can also search by pull size, which is a plus for me because it saves so much time! I found the perfect pulls and knobs that coordinated perfectly together. The pulls were called Bird Cage Bell Pulls and the Knobs are Oil Bronzed Leaf Knobs.
Now, for the brass furniture tips on the bottom of the legs. I had thought about purchasing new ones to replace the original ones. But boy, how expensive these little thingies were and HARD to find! I found a set of four on eBay for $53.00! That was way more than I wanted to spend. I took a much less expensive route and decided to paint them a dark brown since the top was stained dark. I gave them two coats of Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze, allowing the first coat to dry overnight, then applying the second coat. After they dried for 24 hours, I sprayed them with Polycrylic. They would coordinate with the hardware beautifully.
Supply List for Repurposed Sewing Table
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Hardware of your Choice
1×4’s Cut to Length
I think she turned out beautiful. This piece sold the first day I posted it.
“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it will be.”
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