Hello, beautiful friends, and welcome to Furniture Fixer Upper day! My friends and I get together the fourth Thursday of each month to share furniture makeovers, and today, I’ve got the cutest vintage sewing notions table makeover to share with you!
This was one of several yard sale items I scored on my first (and only so far) yard sale day this season:
It was buried at the back of the owner’s garage. I asked her if it was for sale and she said that it was for $25. I offered her $20 and she accepted!
It was still full of random notions…
Even some old googly eyes:
They were a whole 37¢ at Roses according to the sticker on the back.
Pretty much all projects start with a good cleaning, and when I say this was buried at the back of the garage, it shows!
EWW! I don’t know why I keep sharing pictures of dirty water. It’s just my way of saying CLEAN YOUR PIECES first!
I use White Lightning for that, mixing one TBSP into a half gallon of warm water right into my bucket there. It’s a degreaser and a deglosser so gloves are recommended. These pads are perfect for wiping everything down and come two to a pack. Then, you can just toss them in the wash.
Don’t forget to swap out your water for clean water and give everything another wipe down to remove any residue.
Once it was good and dry, it was time for paint! I chose one of the few darker colors that I love, Antebellum Blue:
I gave the base two coats and the rest one coat in preparation for some blending.
Adding a blended finish
I don’t do a ton of blending because it is time consuming and takes a lot of patience to get it just right in my opinion.
However, it can really give your project a beautiful result with lots of dimension.
I started on one of the sides by misting it with water using my continuous mist spray bottle:
Next, I painted just around the outside of the side portion like a frame:
I then started swirling the brush in a circular motion all around the center…
Continue to mist it with water if it starts to dry in areas.
I frequently blotted my Best Dang Brush onto a cloth as I went…
Then, I went in straight lines around the whole frame, and then straight back and forth across the center also.
You many need to add more of the first color as I did here:
And then just continue to swap out brushes, working the colors to soften the blend.
That’s about as much detail I can share on creating a blended finish in photos, but there are lots of videos available out there on this technique as well.
Adding a transfer
I knew I wanted to dress this sewing notions table up with a transfer and I knew just the one!
The Chalk Mineral Paint Fan Deck comes in real handy when choosing colors!
Of course, Antebellum won!
I used the enclosed tool to burnish the transfer to the surface:
For the drawers, I cut it in two with a utility knife to make it easier to apply:
There is a slight halo around the outer edge that can be seen more easily on darker pieces, gently rubbing a cloth or a finishing pad across the transfer will help to diminish that:
Sealing will help it to disappear as well.
It just needed one more thing! I wanted to use the original hardware, but I thought they would be much prettier in gold, so I used the Gold Gilding Wax to bring them to life:
You just rub it on with a soft cloth or your finger and let it dry. Then you can go back later and buff to a sheen if you like.
I also added it to the edges of the table…
Gilding Wax is oil based, so you would add that last.
Vintage sewing Notions Table: The after
Here is how this cute piece turned out!
I did a little blending on the drawers as well.
It’s a long way from where it started!
I love the gold with this blue!
Here is what the inside looked like before…
That spool holder got the Gilding Wax treatment also…
Jack suggested that this could hold jewelry also if you had a lot of rings or bracelets.
And of course I had to give the drawer some love too!
I’m glad I kept the original knobs and made them work…
I really enjoyed giving this piece a fresh start!
I’d love to know what you think!
Don’t forget to check out what my Furniture Fixer Upper girls are sharing this round too!
That is another piece done yay!
See what I’ve completed from this group so far below:
And in SHOP NEWS…the Cottage Collection featuring SIX BRAND NEW chalk mineral paint colors is now in stock and ready to ship in my Etsy shop!
I can’t wait to play with some of these!
I have family coming in town this weekend, so I will be resharing this gem:
UPDATE: See what I did with it HERE!
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