Sewing Machine Table Makeover with Transfer

Hello, lovelies!! I’m back today with piece number two of my newest haul from the Storage Room Haul of Shame!

When my old neighbor put her house on the market, she was selling several pieces of furniture. I bought this dresser from her that I often use for staging. She also had a sewing machine table that she was selling. I passed on it when I bought the dresser because I already had two in my stash at the time, but I told her that if she still had it before moving and just wanted to unload it, give me a call.

And that’s how I ended up with this piece:

I’ve been waiting for inspiration to strike for almost two years now!

Finally, it has a whole new look!

Painted sewing machine table in Dixie Belle's In the Navy from

Better, no?

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I had a few scraps of the French Ceramics transfer I used on this desk and mirror left over, and I was able to piece them together to add a little pretty to this piece!

Painted sewing machine table in Dixie Belle's In the Navy from

I used it with white paint on the first two pieces, but it works great paired with navy also.

Painted sewing machine table in Dixie Belle's In the Navy from

This color is In the Navy from Dixie Belle.

Painted sewing machine table in Dixie Belle's In the Navy from

It gave great coverage with one coat, but I gave it two. ( Find those furniture wheels HERE!)

Since the background of the door needed to be white for the transfer, I decided to prime it with BOSS in white to prevent bleed-through first…

Painted sewing machine table in Dixie Belle's In the Navy from

This is after two coats. I let it dry overnight and then decided that I didn’t even need to paint! I put the transfer right over the top of the BOSS:

Painted sewing machine table in Dixie Belle's In the Navy from

The instructions don’t say you have to seal over the transfers, but for a little added protection I sealed with Dixie Blittle Clear Satin Topcoat, using their sponge applicator:

Painted sewing machine table in Dixie Belle's In the Navy from

Pouring some in a small bowl to dip the sponge in helps to give a nice even coat, and you can rinse and reuse the sponge over and over again!

(Those scratch marks across the roses are part of the transfer.)

The rest of the table got a light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper. The sandpaper will make it look like this:

That’s scary looking but totally normal! When you seal it, it will go back to a beautiful navy blue. I used Dixie Belle’s clear wax this time to seal because I love the soft buttery look and feel of a waxed piece and I wanted that for this table.

Finally, I spray painted the original pull with Rustoleum in Satin White.

I wanted it to be there, but not stand out, and let the pretty pattern be the focus.

There are so many of these sewing tables out there, and although not as many people are taking an interest in sewing these days, these tables make great side tables!

This one will be heading to the shop!

And that is the second piece I’ve been hanging onto for forever that is finally done! (Insert awkward happy dancing!!)

If you missed what I did with that small table on Tuesday, you can see that HERE!

I’ll meet ya’ll back here on Tuesday to see what I did with this bench:

UPDATE: See how this bench looks now HERE!

Have a fantastic weekend!




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  1. Mary Kaiser says

    Very chic now!! I bet that will sell in about 5 minutes in your shop. I am going to have to get one of those transfers, they are beautiful! Good job on finally giving that cute sewing machine table some love!!

    • Thank you, Mary! I sure hope it sells quickly! These transfers are so fun and easy to use…you must try them! XOXO

  2. Now that made me go “wow”. The dark blue with the transfer is truly beautiful.
    I really wish I still had the energy to do even small transformations but illness prevents that now 🙁 Love seeing your work each week, it brightens my day.

    • Aww thank you, Holly! I’m sorry you haven’t been feeling well enough to create. I know that must be hard. I’m glad I can give you a little makeover fix a couple of days a week! XOXO

  3. Well I’m crushing on those furniture wheels 😮 🙂 My mother had, up until recently, a Singer sewing machine table but not nearly as pretty as this one. You’ve made it look awesome, and the handle looks so much better in white 😀

    • Aren’t they awesome?? I first saw one of my blogger friends using them and I had to have some too! Thanks, Petra! XOXO

  4. Christina in SW FL says

    Great makeover Christy! Love the navy and how well it goes with the transfer.
    I have a sewing table with a 1948 Singer 15-91 machine in it which sews fabulously. There are many groups on Facebook of people who collect and use Vintage machines. So you have given me an idea to update my old cabinet. 🙂 It isn’t an antique and has a few dings.
    Thanks for the inspiration… always!!!

    • Thanks, Christina! I have come across many vintage sewing machines and it is always fun to see if they still work! This one still has the machine in it but the cord has frayed apart. Glad I could inspire you for your own cabinet, my friend! XOXO

  5. Navy blue, who knew it made my heart go pitter patter. Love it.

    • Aww yay! There’s something so sophisticated about navy blue. Thanks, Jody! XOXO

      • Cecilia from Georgia says

        I know you are feeling like “Yabba Dabba Do” excited clearing out that stored up stuff! I pulled a side table out of my “get to it one day” pile and I had taken the doors off last year. I painted it thinking I would dig around and find them. Well, darn, where could they be? How does a person lose a couple of doors? I’m trying to decide what to do with the hole in the bottom of the table! At least I have the drawer! Any suggestions? Love the blue and transfer on this little sewing table. XOXO

        • Yes, I am beyond thrilled to be tackling these pieces I’ve held onto for forever. Each one feels like a victory! Oh darn…can it be left without the doors? Can you add some pretty paper or fabric to the back to create visual interest? A basket? Good luck with it! Thank you, Cecilia! XOXO

  6. Where did you get the coasters to use under the legs of this table? That looks so handy for painting!

  7. Love the sewing table makeover- is that navy paint a chalk paint or a mineral paint? I love the transfer on the front- where can you get them, I have never seen that before.
    Another great makeover Christy!

  8. sharon austin says

    Wow; what a difference. I’m gonna have to try this transfer idea. I really need to start thinking outside the box. My new motto: WWCD; what would Christy do? LOL!!

    • Thank you, Sharon! These transfers are so easy to use…I hope you do give them a go! And ha ha I love that!! XOXO

  9. I can’t wait to see the bench makeover. My MIL gave me one of these sewing tables and it is in the attic. Now I just have to get through the rest of my workday before my attic expedition this afternoon!

    • Ooh an attic expedition sounds exciting!! Hope you find some good forgotten treasures up there! XOXO

  10. I loved the transfer on your white pieces but I’m loving it equally paired with navy blue. Such a pretty makeover, Christy!

  11. Hi Christy, love your transformations! I too have an old sewing table in my stash. I’ve been dragging my feet because I couldn’t decide how to deal with the hinged top. Did you paint the “inside” of the top? I was considering dropping in a basin for a bar. Or removing the lower top and attaching the top so it looks like a regular table. What was your thought process for this one?

    • Thank you so much, Ellen! I just painted the area around where the machine goes, and I only did that because when it is closed, you can see that that part is unpainted if you don’t. I taped off the backside of the top though and left it stained. The double top doesn’t bother me at all. I see it as a vintage piece that has been repurposed, and I actually like that you can tell that it was once a sewing cabinet. I’m not sure how difficult it would be to remove the lower top, but that sounds like a good option as well. Good luck! XOXO

      • tina boggan says

        hi Ellen, I had an old sewing table like the one Christy did, I took off the table top, reinstalled the very top, w/o hinges, added a 1/2 inch bottom to it…that way no one would have to remove anything from the top to get inside the table , they just had to open the door..i painted mine solid white with a “diamond” type handle, wish I had a picture of it , it sold at my booth for 125.00….I do love the blue/ white thing that Christy did!!!!!!

  12. Very pretty! I like the navy! You’re right, there ARE a ton of sewing tables out there. More than one has made it into my home, haha!

    • Thank you, Becky! The other sewing cabinet I have left is prettier and the gentleman I bought from said, ” I hope you’re not planning to paint this.” Apparently, he restored it all and it is very pretty as is, hence the reason I haven’t touched it yet. I really need to stop bringing nice pieces home lol! XOXO

  13. I love what you did with the sewing table! I’m curious what the inside under the lid opening looks like. With my hubby’s help last year, I turned a sewing cabinet into a cute bar. When you opened it, there was space for bar accessories, and the open lid could be used as a server. It sold quickly????

  14. Love the contrast of dark navy & the light blues. Also appreciate the tip about what it looks like after sanding & how it goes back to navy after top coating. Very pretty.

    • Thank you, Tracy! I love how they work so nicely together as well. And yes, the first time I sanded a dark piece, I freaked out a bit ha ha! XOXO

  15. Carole Larsen says

    This sewing machine cabinet is now beautiful. You and your talents are amazing

  16. I have the same floral transfer in my inventory… just haven’t found the perfect piece yet. You sure did though!… this is lovely. XO

  17. Barbara Warner says

    I like the blue flowers on the drawer but I’d like the wood better painted white, or pale blue. I don’t like that black at all.

    • Thanks for your input, Barbara! It’s actually navy blue, but that may be hard to tell by the photos. XO

  18. Oh my goodness,I absolutely love this ❤️. All blues are my favorite color with navy at the top.This won’t be in your shop for long.I like watching you redo all your “treasures”.

    • Thank you so much, Margie! I don’t ever use navy blue, but I think that is about to change!! XOXO

  19. Alison H says

    Well that sure went from ho-hum to cheerful and lovely!! Beautiful work!! Congrats ????????

  20. Brenda A Loffi says

    That turned out so well, love it. So wish I was was as talented as you.

  21. Char Fisher says

    I love what you did with the sewing table! It is so pretty….beautiful job as always!

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