Welcome back, beautiful friends! I’m back with a brand new furniture makeover today along with my Furniture Fixer Upper girls! I’m sharing how to turn a sewing table into a dressing table!
I have made over many sewing tables over the years, and people are always curious as to what I did with the insides of them. Usually the top is flat, and so I just paint them and leave them as is. I know some have gotten really creative with them, but I have a different solution to share today!
This is the sewing table I’m redoing today:
I found it at that barn sale I’ve mentioned a few times previously for $20 for the set. Notice how this one has an opening at the top instead of the top being one solid piece.
The table was also incredibly heavy because the original Singer machine was still inside:
I know this is a treasure to some, but it takes all my strength to move this table with the machine still attached, so I knew it would have to be removed. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
Remove the Machine from the Sewing Table
So that is the first thing I did. I just had two screws to remove and the machine was out. Then, I flipped the table upside down and started removing the parts inside, as well as the screws that were holding the top to the table:
I decided it would be easier to replace the top altogether, rather than attempt to modify it.
Replace the top of the table
I hoped that I could find an end table or night table at the thrift store that I could steal the top from to replace this one, so I set out to search.
Unfortunately, I came up empty-handed. (Not really if you count the dresser, three lamps, cannister set, and four sweaters I found ha ha!)
I was running out of time to find my new top though, so I gave up on my search and reluctantly headed to Home Depot to buy lumber to replace the top.
I ended up buying this piece of wood that was not the best quality:
This was $23!! The texture was really rough also, and I just did not want to use it for my new top.
I was getting very short on time, but on Monday morning, I decided to head out to one of my favorite thrift stores in the next town over to see if I had better luck, and I didn’t find any tables that would work, but I did find this bed for $9.98:
SOLD! So much cheaper than the lumber I bought! Under that glossy tan paint was the beautiful wood I needed for the top of my new dressing table!
I measured, cut, and sanded the new top:
The reason I chose to sand it down to the bare wood was because there were a few deep scratches that I wanted to sand out. I started with 120 grit sandpaper and finished with 220 grit using my rotary sander.
Then I attached the new top the same way the old top was attached, with screws from the underside.
Remember seeing this metal thingy sticking out of the side in the before photo?
It had a bend in it that made it very difficult to close, another reason I decided to replace the entire top. I was able to remove it when I removed the rest of the parts inside.
That left an opening on that side that was for that metal support bar, so I needed to remedy that.
To do that, I cut a scrap piece to cover the opening, as well as one for the other side so they would match:
I attached them with Wood Glue.
Time to prep for paint!
It was finally time to clean this set to prep for paint. I gave everything a good once over with White Lightning:
Then I swapped out my water for clean water and gave everything another wipe down to remove any residue.
Ready for Paint
Ahh…time for paint!
I chose to honor the original Singer machine and go for black and gold for this set, starting by taping off the drawer and spray painting it in Rustoleum’s Gold Metallic spray paint:
That was the easiest way to paint the inside of that little drawer on the front.
I did the same with the inside of the bench:
Then I followed up with two coats of Caviar:
It was so insanely hot out while I was working outside to get to this point, that I moved everything into my office to paint!
Because the mousse is water based, it is easy to wipe away any areas that need to be touched up. I just used a damp cloth:
Also, my mousse was a bit dry when I opened it, but adding a little water and stirring it with the end of my brush, made it nice and creamy again.
Seal the Table
The final step was to seal the table.
I used Gator Hide since this might get a lot of use as a dressing table. To help prevent the “ghosting” you get with darker colors when you run your finger across them, add a little paint to your sealer:
I used the blue applicator sponge to apply it:
This works fantastically on the legs and the larger areas. I used it around the small drawer also, but the help of a brush would probably have been easier on that part.
The Final Result
Whew, it took a bit to get to this point, huh?
It was all worth it though!
The new top looks like it was always part of this table:
And you can see the piece of wood I added to the side to cover that gap…it too looks like it’s been there all along:
There’s that fabric again. I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of this fabric! I had just enough to cover the original vinyl seat. The seat lifts right off for additional storage where the sewing notions were once held:
And this little compartment might come in handy also:
I would have opted for a glass knob had I been able to get this one off…
The Golden Gem Mousse is highly pigmented, so I only needed one coat to highlight those areas…
It looks so good paired with this thrift store mirror that lives in our dining room…
The petite size of this set will make it a great fit for anyone with limited space!
I may see if I can sell the sewing machine separately in my booth. There just might be someone on the hunt for one.
Don’t go anywhere just yet…my Furniture Fixer Upper girls have three more furniture flips for you today!
And that is one more piece done from this huge Summer haul!
It feels great to cross something else off!
If you’ve misssed any so far, you can catch up here:
How to Paint Nicotine Stained Furniture (Trestle Table)
I’ll be back on WEDNESDAY instead of Tuesday next week! I’m teaming up with my friend, Krista and the girls of the Seasonal Simplicity Series, to bring y’all some fun Fall DIYs!
Mine will involve this estate sale find I got for FREE!
Have a fantastic weekend!
UPDATE: See how I turned this forgotten treasure into brand new Fall decor HERE now!
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