Simple Sewing Table Makeover

Hello hello, lovely friends! Hope your year is off to a great start so far!

Up for a little furniture redo today? I spied this sewing table at one of my favorite thrift stores before the Holidays (when I was supposed to be grocery shopping):

Sewing-Side-Table-Before

I love these as side tables because they are the perfect height. This one was marked around $36. I passed on it one, because I was absolutely out of room in my garage and two, because it just wasn’t cheap enough to justify trying to make space for it.

I made a quick run in on my next trip to the grocery store a week later and it was still there! Only now it was 1/2 off. Okay…that’s good enough to justify clearing a tiny spot for it in my garage!

It wasn’t in the prettiest condition with flaking varnish all over…

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Here she is after a little sanding and some TLC:

Sewing machine table made over from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Ooh la la…much better! This is a mix of my favorite, Cottage White by Behr and Pure White, made into Chalk Paint. Pure white is a little too stark for me sometimes, but I  am loving this combination lately. I used Annie Sloan’s clear wax to seal it.  (The metal thing hanging down from the underside is part of the original sewing machine that is still inside.)

Sewing machine table made over from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I had to sand the top down anyway, so I decided to stain it in Dark Walnut by Minwax  (affiliate link).

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Sewing machine table made over from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I sealed it with two coats of Wipe-On Poly (affiliate link), sanding lightly with 320 grit sandpaper in between coats.

Sewing machine table made over from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I love how it turned out. The hardware is original, I just gave it a couple of coats of Rust-Oleum Heirloom White spray paint (affiliate link), and sanded it a bit.

Sewing machine table made over from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

This is where my entry table usually sits. You can see I replaced my Christmas decor with something more for winter…

Sewing machine table made over from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

These are more of the Juniper branches like I have in my Winter dining room that I scored at Pier One on the after-Christmas sales. I love how they add greenery, but are totally appropriate for the season!

Sewing machine table made over from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I still have my shells in there though. Can’t stray too far from my love of all things coastal, even in the Winter…

Sewing machine table made over from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

 

Sewing machine table made over from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

 

 

Sewing machine table made over from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

 

Sewing machine table made over from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I just dropped her off at my booth, so hopefully she’ll have a new home soon!

Oh and I spent the last three days cleaning and organizing my garage. I have lots of space now! Yay and uh-oh! 😀

I’ll be back on Friday sharing what I did with this shutter:

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UPDATE: See what I did with this shelf here now! 🙂

XO,

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Comments

  1. I like the chalk painting to upcycle room pieces in the home. I’ve done a few of your small projects and an very pleased with them. Most of the furniture in my home are antique or vintage. All in their natural wood color. My question is: which pieces should I paint? Small, large? And how many pieces in a room can be painted? And can a room have furniture with different paint colors? I have a great-room that is the dining area, entertainment area, “parlor” area, and open kitchen to this great room. Example, could I have a dining set in off white, and another lg piece in a red, green, blue?
    Thank you

    • Hi Cathy! I think a mix of beautiful woods and painted pieces look great together. You can unify the painted pieces with the wood pieces further by doing what I did on this sewing table…keep the top stained, but paint the body. There is also no reason you can’t mix painted pieces. I would stick to no more than three colors per room though, so for example. An ivory table and chairs can be mixed with a navy, red, or green hutch, and then bring in a third color with accessories, or stained pieces might be your third color. In my dining room I have mostly black and white, but I added greenery so that is my third color. As for what to paint and what not to paint, that would be personal preference. I would start small, and then be sure your painted pieces are spaced evenly throughout the room. Hope this helps! XO

  2. Love how this wee table turned out! Makes me want to redo a sewing table that
    I painted many years ago.

  3. What a difference Christy! Love the dark walnut stained top.

  4. So pretty! I love white and wood together. Never heard of wipe on poly before, so I’m off to check that out.

    Cheers!

  5. Another beautiful makeover Christy. I don’t see this lasting too long in your booth:)

  6. I really like the stained top with the chalk paint. I picked up a sewing table not to long ago and I think you have given me some great ideas. Love your work.

  7. What price have you set for the sewing table?

  8. Love how the sewing cabinet turned out, so pretty, perfect for a small entryway or as an end table. I can think of a dozen ways to use it.

  9. Sharon Davidson says:

    I love love love the mixed look of the dark top with the cottage white bottom. This seems to be one of my favorite color combo thus far. I feel it makes the piece stand out even more 🙂

  10. Christie – I love it!!! What a transformation and soooo cute! The top turned out really well.

  11. Hi sweet friend , even when I am skiing in France as I am now , I follow you along and keep enjoying your clever posts….
    I would like this time to make you a question , if you don’t mind, which is the difference between 1.- wipe on poly, 2.-polycrilic ( the one you used in the kitchen table) and 3.- wood finish ? all from minwax ??

    Thank you very much, Big hug

    • Hi!! I saw your beautiful pictures on Facebook today! Wipe-on poly and polycrilic are sealers. Wipe-on poly is perfect for stained surfaces. It can yellow so I don’t use it on painted surfaces, that’s when I use the polycrilic. Wood finish is the actual stain that goes on to give it the color you want. Enjoy France!! XOXO

  12. I love this table makeover so much! It is so beautiful with the two tones. The juniper greenery is awesome too – I may have to go on a search for some!! Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to see the shutter 🙂

    • Thanks, Megan! Secretly I want to paint all my pieces this way ha ha, but that wouldn’t be much fun for my readers. Those juniper branches are the perfect touch for winter. 🙂

  13. Oh! It looks so pretty! Love the paint color you created with your mixture, the distressing, and the top that you left natural wood instead of painting it!

    Tania

  14. Awesome redo! One thing that baffles me is. . . What’s the brand of the sewing machine? Lol. I love antique items!

    • Thank you, Roseanne! You know I never even thought to post that information and now this piece is in my shop, so I can’t look for you. I left everything inside in tact to sell as is. 🙂

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