And sew it goes when a sewing machine table is turned into something else. Old sewing machine tables can be found all over the place. The price can range from a couple of dollars to around $20.00. I turned one sewing machine table into a beverage bar. I turned this one into a desk.
Dismantled Sewing Machine Table
You will notice the before picture is in pieces. I bought it at Good Will. The sewing machine table wouldn’t fit in my car so I had to drive home, get my drill and then go back and take it apart. I left it like that since I always prefer to take off the legs when I paint tables. And now I keep one drill in the car cause you never know what you’ll find around town.
I bought a utensil organizer from Walmart. It is adjustable and fits into the place where the sewing machine would sit. I adjusted the organizer to the full width and then nailed it to the wooden braces that held the sewing machine. To hide the gaps on either side I used a piece of wood cut to size and nailed it onto the organizer with small nails. Then I used my dark wax on the wood to blend in with the utensil organizer.
Inside of Sewing Machine Table
Before creating the desk, I used a DIY chalk paint to paint it in a blue to match the knobs. The recipe I use can be found here. Normally I paint the first coat or two of chalk paint in a dark color and then layer on the lighter color. In this case I used two coats of paint and lightly distressed the piece. Then I used a clear wax all over and buffed it out.
View of open sewing machine table
To update the look of the piece I bought new knobs at Hobby Lobby. I decided to plug up the holes where the drawer pulls went on the front. The knobs are for the fake drawer and the real drawer on either side. If I thought ahead I would have inserted the knobs on the fake drawer before putting in the organizer. As it was I had to use liquid nails on the top knob. And sew it goes from a sewing machine table to a desk or a vanity.
Close up of knobs on front of sewing machine table
I am on the hunt for another sewing machine table to make another beverage bar. Or maybe even use it for a sewing machine. How about that?
Black and White Is Always Right
Black and White is always right. From the elegant little black dress, a zippy black sports car and sleek furniture. That is what made me decide to paint this table in black and white. What is more elegant than black and white, right?
Think about it, when we go to a fancy restaurant the wait staff is wearing black and white. And it is always in style. As I have heard and I’m sure you have to, every room should have something black in it to anchor the room.
Wait a minute, I’m not talking about the table above. You see this story was suppose to be about the table below.
Before I could start painting there was some repair work I had to do on the table. The wood was damaged on one leg and at the bottom of the decorative trim on the table. Once again the Elmer’s Pro Wood Filler came to my rescue. Once the repairs were made and they were extensive, I lightly sanded the existing finish and then primed the table with Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer by Zinsser. We Interrupt this post to bring you a bulletin….. This post is not about this table. This table ended in the garbage can.
That’s right the garbage can. One repair led to another and This table was not meant to be. The edge started to disintegrate. I knew it was time to admit to myself this pretty little table could not be saved. I was so sad over it. For several days I was obsessed with thinking about my failure. But then I realized I could let you know sometimes things don’t work out. You move on. And that is just what I did with the table that disintegrated.
So I was travelling through town and found the round table at a garage sale. I really liked the copper trim, the detail on the top and sides. I instantly knew this was the black and white table.
As usual there was a little repair work on the edge but nothing I couldn’t handle. I glued the piece back on the then got out the compressor and nailer. Once the repairs were complete, I could paint.
Since I knew I would be using black for the final coat of paint I didn’t worry about the bleed through when I did the first couple of coats of the White DIY Chalk Paint.
And it didn’t bleed though.
Then I completed the sides of the table with the Black DIY Chalk Paint. I decided I would sand and stain the table top. It is too beautiful to hide with paint.
I used stain I had from a house project in a cherry finish and used Polycyclic for protection on the table top.
I waxed the table with Clear Min Wax and then the Dark Min Wax. I always feel dark wax enhances the black.
I struggled with my black and white project but it was worth it in the end, do you agree?