Antique Folding Sewing Table

Hi Friends! A few weekends ago, I had a fantastic yard sale day that looked a little something like this:


One of the yard sales I almost didn’t stop at was one held by a paint supply distributor! What are the chances?? There really wasn’t much to see from the street, but I saw stacks of blue tape and that’s what made me get out to look. Look at the goodies I scored!


The tape was a painter’s tape that I hadn’t heard of before, but he was selling it for $1 a roll, so I didn’t have much to lose. He also had a roll of Frogtape (my favorite!) for $2, a brand new putty knife for 50¢, and a whole slew of brand new brushes! I had never heard of this brand either and I don’t like them as well as Purdy brushes (which I did get a couple of), but they do allright for the price! That can of Annie Sloan chalk paint was from another yard sale. It was almost full for $4! I used it to paint my $60 yard sale hutch. (If you follow me on my Facebook Page, check in on Saturday afternoons…I love to share what I’ve found, and I love to see what you’ve found too!!)

Okay I know you’re not here to see all the goodies I got that day (although it is kind of fun to see, right?), you’re here to see the table that all my paint supplies are sitting on!

I found it at a house across the street from Mr. Paint Supply Man:


It is an antique sewing/cutting table, and at one time it folded for easy storage. The legs were screwed in place when I found it. They were asking $10, but I got it for $8. I was imagining it as a bedside table in a quaint beach cottage. Can you picture it?

How about now:
Antique folding sewing table.

The top had definitely seen better days:


They had been using it in their garage. Poor thing.

Now it’s fresh and clean!

Antique folding sewing table.


Antique folding sewing table.

I used Behr’s Gray Morning in flat to make chalk paint for this project. It’s a great match to Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg Blue.

I love this pretty detail on the sides…

Antique folding sewing table.

I was imagining this as being the perfect spot in a guest room to write letters home while on vacation…

Antique folding sewing table.

But then I remembered no one writes letters any more, especially while on vacation. Maybe this is where you would sit while you instagrammed your last meal? Nope…not quite the same. Let’s just pretend people still write letters. 🙂

Antique folding sewing table.

I like that it has a substantial top on it, and that it’s tall like a lot of beds these days. You could stack books for days here.

Antique folding sewing table.

Mmmm. hydrangeas.

I sealed it with Annie Sloan’s clear wax, two coats on top.

Antique folding sewing table.


Antique folding sewing table.


Antique folding sewing table.


Antique folding sewing table.


Antique folding sewing table.

Not too bad for $8 huh? This will be heading to the shop tomorrow!

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  1. What an amazing transformation! The new color really highlights the beautiful details on the sides so much better than the old stained finish did. Your visions for how and where this table could be used were great, and I agree with you….writing a letter just sounds so much more cozy, nostalgic and personal than updating social media sites does.

    • Thanks, Dorene! Yes nothing nostalgic about social media. Oh well…at least we are lucky enough to remember what it was once like without it all. 🙂

  2. Wow…Christy, You really scored with the supplies. I love your finds, thanks for sharing on here. I didn’t even realize you did that on! The table is amazing!

    • I know…He had a huge cardboard box full of all kind of paint-related items that were brand new in the packages! And to think I almost didn’t stop! Yeah check in on FB over the weekend…I’d love to see what you find too if you go yard saling, although this weekend just might be too dang hot!!

  3. Sue Farmer says

    Looks great Christy!! I too love that side detail. So pretty.

  4. What a fabulous transformation, I love the decorative sides!! You have had some awesome yard sale luck, I’m just a teensy bit jealous

  5. Robin Stephens says

    What a great piece to tuck away and pull out for parties. I had to run to Sam’s Club yesterday for a folding table (correction: ugly folding table) to create a bar and appetizer station for a dinner party last night. This piece would have been perfect. Where were you when I needed you!? 😉 Lovely piece, as always….

  6. Christy, I also looove tables that are taller for bedsides & couches. I just don’t get it, why would I want a low table for lighting & supplies? The detail on side is great. I have so many projects I have banned myself from garage sales. It is beyond torture! Great job, that won’t last for long at your booth!

    • Thanks, Celia! I like my tables tall too. I’ve been steadily working through my yard sale pile, so I guess I’ll keep going until I run out of room. 🙂

  7. Hi i thank you so much for inspiration I have just brought lost fo furniture from a thrift store and in the process of revamping. You give me sooooo much enthusiasm and eagerness your brill keep up the great ideas x

  8. Nice Christy! The color is very pretty and it highlights those lovely details on each side. Nice find for 8 bucks!

  9. you definitely improved the table!

  10. You score the nest stuff! Wish yard sales here were like this!

  11. So much better Christy! Love that side detail. What a great haul you had too. 🙂 I have gotten a few pieces lately too….now to decide what to do with them! xo

    • Thanks, Nancy! I’ve been trying to go as often as I can so I can have projects to last me through the winter months, but finding furniture pieces (for the price I want to pay) isn’t easy!

  12. What! You totally scored! I love the detail on that sweet little table! I’ve been having NO luck at yard sales lately, so I’m totally going with you next weekend to steal some of your good-deal-juju. 🙂

  13. The table looks great, love the side details, but I’m still laughing over the letter writing thoughts. Yep, all the “updates” in the world don’t compare with a REAL letter. Which reminds me… some of my kids need to write some today!

    • Our kids will never know what it was like! That said, I don’t think I’d want to go back, but it sure would be nice to get a real letter in the mail wouldn’t it? XO

  14. Jan Newman says

    Once again, such a beautiful transformation. You mention that the table was a bit wobbly at first, and I can see where you added something to What did you use on the corners, and where did you get those pretty pieces? Thanks!

    • Thanks, Jan! Those pieces were actually already part of the table, they were just hard to see since the before photo was taken more from above. I used screws and wood glue to stabilize it. 🙂


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