Today’s post is kinda funny because it has a story behind it. First, it all started with this table that my parents gave me. I invite you to come read this post on my Facebook page and be sure to read the comments. I’ll fill you in as we go, but in the meantime, I’d like to show you how I turned it into a vintage chic sewing table.
We have always had modge-podge furniture because I get it second-hand, either by thrifting or handed down. Our last installment of furniture was leather and I was happy to have it, but it didn’t have a vintage feel to it. I thought if I could sell what we had to pay for a set more to my liking, I would have a go at it.
My heart was set on a soft brown leather set with nailhead trim to go with what I wanted to achieve in our family room. I had several near misses on Craigslist (I don’t buy new – 6 kids, ahem) and kept coming up empty-handed so I decided to leave it to God.
However, little did I know that my parents were replacing their set that is exactly like what I was looking for. They tried to sell it for a time and even offered it to my sister and brother, but they turned it down. They thought I wouldn’t like it. Ha! I don’t remember how they found out I was looking, but they eventually offered it to me and I was giddy as lark! Love me some Amish made furniture AND it’s already broken in. I love worn leather.
Here it is in our family room I showcased in this post. It does’t include the recliner they gave us too, but you get the idea. What a gift!
Later on they offered us this side table that had also been something they used with the set.
They told me to do as we pleased with it (aka. sell it, whatever). Somehow I had gotten it in my head that it was Amish made too and that’s where the Facebook drama started. Turns out it was made in Thailand, so I promptly announced, “Game ON!” That’s the beginning of this side table turned sewing table makeover.
It is solid as a rock and has so many uses with all it has to offer, but because it lacked some pep and wasn’t vintage or high-end, it was time to have some fun.
I took it apart and sanded it down with my sander to prep it for the makeover.
One of my favorite ways to add to furniture is typography. One piece in particular is close to my heart. When I found this thrifted cedar chest, I knew it was the perfect candidate for some hand work. Makeover HERE.
My vision for this piece was a functional storage unit that would suit anyone who loved to pine away their days or evenings sitting with thread or yarn in their hand. I, for one, love to do handwork (crochet, embroider, hand sew) while I sit with my family. It is my therapy, of sorts. Because I like to sit wherever, I wanted it to be mobile too.
First order of business, add casters. Easy to do since this had an open bottom with a solid wood skirt. I cut a piece of cabinet plywood and used my Kreg Jig to make pocket screw holes to attach it to inside of the skirt.
Once that was finished I painted the base a smokey gray that I used on several pieces, including our bathroom vanity, and my son recently used in his buffet makeover. Both pieces are so fun to see transform – take a peek. 😉
Since this time around I wanted to add a sewing table touch, I chose an old J & P. Coats advertisement that I had found. It reminded me of my college days in Georgia when many of the students were working at the local Coat’s & Clark factory. I used my transfer method to add it to the top and drawers. While I normally hand paint it all in and love to do so, I chose a couple of different sized Sharpies this time around.
That side rail I removed and took apart to give it some vintage fun details too. But, I have to admit, the best part is the hardware. You know I love me some Rustic Brands knobs and these were perfect for my vision. I have used Debbie’s hardware in many of my makeovers and you can see them all HERE. Plus, you can use a coupon code that will give you 20% off your first order: PRODIGAL20.
After all is tweaked and re-assembled, I add a topcoat of my handmade wax to finish off the wooden surfaces that were unpainted.
Are you ready to see this sewing table? I think I’m in love!
First take a look at the side rails…now they are rulers. hee hee hee. I can use them to measure my goods.
While also the perfect place for me to pop in some of my favorite stitching books.
The front is made perfect with those Rustic Brands ceramic knobs. I’m tickled with the apothecary look of them – so cute!
You can see my favorite desk ever behind my new sewing table. I am blessed to have a little corner of heaven in my home where I can sew and create. The table fits right in.
The casters on the bottom make it perfect for me as I like to sit in varied spots in our living room. Plus, I’m always moving stuff around to stage for my shop and on the blog. I’m all about making life easier.
The top drawer can be used for beverages to sustain myself when I get lost in a whirlwind of crochet, or keep my hooks and needles close by too.
The other drawers will have varied contents depending on my project, but for know they are holding some threads and supplies. Every good crafter has to be ready, right?
And the top is a whimsical part that creates that vintage feel. It was fun to create with typography again.
Now, time for me to get my craft on and make myself a beanie for the cold weather we are having. I have had one designed in my head for so long and now I’m motivated to get it done.
So a BIG thanks to my folks for all the goodies (and love), and to my fans for helping me to realize what fun I could have with this piece.
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