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Reclaimed Sewing Machine Table

I can’t believe we’ve flown through another month already and my favorite time is here – Themed Furniture Makeover Day!! This month’s theme is all about small tables…whew. My schedule has been kickin’ my rear lately and I could use a small project. Although the focal point of this month’s theme is small, my table is big in so many ways.  Check it out my reclaimed sewing machine table project.Antique Treadle Sewing Machine Repurposed with Early 1900's Barn Wood Using Weatherwood Stain by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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If you follow me on social media, you would know I scored this antique treadle sewing machine off of Craigslist. I had told myself that if I ever came across one of these beauties (reasonably priced) it would be mine. Sellers were asking $75, but when I asked if it was firm, they quickly dropped it to $50. Seems they wanted it gone…NOW.

No problem!!

Yes, it’s rusty, and yes, it’s top is a wreck, but just look at those legs…

Antique Treadle Sewing Machine Repurposed with Early 1900's Barn Wood Using Weatherwood Stain by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

…and look at those drawers!! {swoon}

Antique Treadle Sewing Machine Repurposed with Early 1900's Barn Wood Using Weatherwood Stain by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Aren’t they gorgeous? For today’s purposes, I needed to remove the drawers and their brackets, but don’t worry, I’ve repurposed them in our bathroom remodel (go see!). Now is all about a reclaimed sewing machine table.

I was amazed that although the base was rusty, the bolts came off so easily.

Antique Treadle Sewing Machine Repurposed with Early 1900's Barn Wood Using Weatherwood Stain by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesThere were four brackets, but only 3 drawers, in case you didn’t notice, or I may have just left them on the table. Lookin’ pretty chippy, right? The treadle on this thing humms right along as if there wasn’t a single spot of rust. They just don’t make things like that anymore.

Antique Treadle Sewing Machine Repurposed with Early 1900's Barn Wood Using Weatherwood Stain by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

After a good scrubbing, next came one of my favorite tools, my Dremel. With one of my polishing brushes, I gave it a good going over to remove flaking paint and a large amount of surface rust. The previous owners have left it in the elements {head smack}. The whole time I had the first line from the song, “Love Shack” running in my head except my version went, “Old base rusted!!”. Yes, I’m dating myself. ahem.

Antique Treadle Sewing Machine Repurposed with Early 1900's Barn Wood Using Weatherwood Stain by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Now comes the even more fun part….the wood. Because the top was so worn and weathered, which normally I love, it had to go. I was set out to use this absolutely gorgeous piece of reclaimed beech barn wood.

Antique Treadle Sewing Machine Repurposed with Early 1900's Barn Wood Using Weatherwood Stain by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

This big old beech beauty came from our barn wood heaven we talked about, and also used in our custom wood projects.

Reclaimed Wood Open Shelving by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesYou just can’t find this kind of wood anymore. Originating from the early 1900’s and is 16.5″ wide AND  is actually 1″ thick. FYI: most boards you buy at a box store says for instance 1″ x 6″, but is actually ¾” x 5¾”…ummm yeah.  When I found that treadle machine, I knew I had the perfect board to make a new top.

Busted out my circular saw and cut it to length. Once I had it to length it was time to plane it down. I bought my husband this planer a few years back, but he knew I was secretly hoping to use it too – he knows me all too well.  This was my first go with it, and I was happily pleased to find it was pretty easy.

Antique Treadle Sewing Machine Repurposed with Early 1900's Barn Wood Using Weatherwood Stain by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Most people use the bag that comes with the planer, but that thing kept getting in my way, so off it went. It was fun watching wood curls fly everywhere. You should have seen how I coated my son who was taking the picture with mask on. tee hee hee.

Once that was done, it was time to sand. Just look at that gorgeous color…so unique and I’m even hooked on that hole.

Antique Treadle Sewing Machine Repurposed with Early 1900's Barn Wood Using Weatherwood Stain by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Bet you didn’t think things could get more exciting, right? Well, this is also my first time laying hands on Weatherwood Stains. Oh yeah, and awesome new product that will give you weathered barn wood without having to wait 100 years or using harsh chemicals. WAHOO!! This stuff is great!

No having to wipe on, let set, then wipe off. Just soak the wood and watch it transform before your very eyes. Amaaazing.

Antique Treadle Sewing Machine Repurposed with Early 1900's Barn Wood Using Weatherwood Stain by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

For this project, I am using Weatherwood’s Reclamation. It was pleasing to work with having no VOC’s and couldn’t have been easier to apply…really.

Antique Treadle Sewing Machine Repurposed with Early 1900's Barn Wood Using Weatherwood Stain by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Depending on humidity, this stuff is dry to the touch in minutes. Now, I will say that I had made an oops because I sanded my table starting with 80 grit, then 120 and 220 grit. After having done that I read the stain can label and it said to sand with 80 grit and then apply. The idea is you want to open up the grain so the stain can get down into the wood. I resanded, and found that worked well too, but I will be doing it correctly the next time around. I still have more of that gorgeous board left to use. Yay!

After finishing up with a few coats of satin poly, that forlorn base is ready to be mated with it’s new top.

Ready to see it all done? Wait no more…

Antique Treadle Sewing Machine Repurposed with Early 1900's Barn Wood Using Weatherwood Stain by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Ta da! I’m very pleased with the rustic feel this reclaimed sewing machine table displays. From the rusty base (yes, I didn’t want to paint), right up to the newly finished beech wood top.

Antique Treadle Sewing Machine Repurposed with Early 1900's Barn Wood Using Weatherwood Stain by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Antique Treadle Sewing Machine Repurposed with Early 1900's Barn Wood Using Weatherwood Stain by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Isn’t that finish beautiful?

Antique Treadle Sewing Machine Repurposed with Early 1900's Barn Wood Using Weatherwood Stain by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The whole piece tells a story of days gone by.

Antique Treadle Sewing Machine Repurposed with Early 1900's Barn Wood Using Weatherwood Stain by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesThe rust, the character of the wood…all so perfect.

Antique Treadle Sewing Machine Repurposed with Early 1900's Barn Wood Using Weatherwood Stain by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Antique Treadle Sewing Machine Repurposed with Early 1900's Barn Wood Using Weatherwood Stain by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Now to find another one, because this one is headed to my shop (SOLD) and I had fun.

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Comments

    • Sandra says

      A great job as usual!! I want to buy everything I see, they’re all beautiful. I appreciate your newsletter it’s so informative and your blog. God bless!!

      • Larissa says

        You and me both! I want to keep everything, but then I’d be a hoarder. 😉 Thank you for the encouraging words.

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Adina! I just had to try one….I’m hooked.

  1. Linda says

    I have a sewing machine base that needs a top …. what size is the top you made? The overhang on the sides looks “just right” …. please send measurements.

    Linda :o)

    • Larissa says

      Honestly, I just measured the existing top and my piece was a half inch shorter in width than the original, but that makes it rest against a wall better. I believe yours would be based on your base, but I had mine 2.5″ in from the long sides, and 6.5″ in from the shorter. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!

  2. [email protected] says

    This has to be one of my favorite of all of your projects. The sewing machine base makes a unique table base and the barn wood top that you used is absolutely fabulous. I’m admiring your project at school while I keep students who aren’t testing and two kids (6th grade) looked over my shoulder and commented that they think that your table is “really cool.” 🙂

    • Larissa says

      Hahaha…love it!! Out of the mouth of babes. 🙂 Thank you, Paula.

  3. Wendi @ H2OBungalow says

    Awesome save and remake..that table will look great anywhere and those drawers will be something fantastic when you’re done with them! I’m totally envious you have a planer! I SO want one:) Your also a girl after my heart.. I wear skirts too most of the time & often when I’m working. Always have:)

    • Larissa says

      Oooh, you would LOVE a planer!! Skirts are my thang because why not? Men can’t wear them and I truly believe you act as you dress. I want to portray a strong, feminine lady to my children. I didn’t used to always wear them as the norm, but by golly are they comfortable! 🙂

    • Larissa says

      hee hee hee…yes, can’t keep it all. My family would have nowhere to sleep.

  4. Beth says

    Larissa this is so pretty. I love the wood top!
    Beth

  5. Becca Berger says

    LARISSA!

    Girl you are a woman after my own heart! I love how you have no fear in your projects!! The sewing machine makeover looks gorgeous. The top still matches the aged look look of the base. Do you know what species of wood the reclaimed wood was? From the color it turned, it looks like a gorgeous pice of alder hardwood.

    Thank you for giving Weatherwood a try. Cannot wait to see what you do next!

    -xoxo-
    Becca

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Becca. Your product rocks in sooo many ways and I can’t thank you enough for letting me try it. That board is beech, so it’s got thos gorgeous red undertones. Gotta love old wood. 😀

  6. kim says

    GORGEOUS – AND THAT STAINED TOP IS FAB!!

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Angie! Barn wood is the only way for me. 😉

  7. Christy says

    This turned out gorgeous, Larissa! That wood is color is perfection!!

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Amy! I can’t wait to go back and oogle over more barn wood. 😉

  8. Kathy @petticoatjunktion says

    You are awesome with power tools. Great job on the table. I love the original drawers from the sewing cabinet. I haven’t seen any like that!

  9. Tami @ Curb Alert! says

    Larissa, You really put a lot of work into this piece. Well worth it – it looks great! Have a great weekend.
    ~Tami

  10. Jen @ Girl in the Garage says

    This turned out amazing Larissa! I’m so glad you kept the original rusty finish of the base. And the barn wood top was the perfect match!

  11. Funky Junk Interiors says

    I verbally GASPED when I saw your room shot. Wow…. super beautiful project, Larissa, but your staging is out of this world. Makes me want to go scoop up all my reclaimed wood and get to work again! 🙂 Featuring you this weekend in Party Junk! Thanks for linking up!

    • Larissa says

      Wahoo! Thank you, Donna. You just gave me an online birthday present. 🙂 Your party is so much fun. Thank you for hosting.

  12. Kasi says

    In the staging picture the faux shutters what are the hinges they look different from any i have seen. Redo my entire house one of my sons room and the living room is rustic cowboy old cabin type and thinking the weathered gray wooden fence panels may work as actual working shutters, and those hinges crossbars look much more stable then even the 6 inch you can purchse at lowes.

  13. Cathy says

    Gorgeous! So glad you didn’t paint the base – I love rust! hahahaha. Another beautiful job Larissa.

  14. Jean says

    I found an antique sewing machine put out for the trash just one block from my house. I pushed it down the street to my home and almost got bit by a dog that I un-nerved from the noise of the rolling wheels. The dog bit my jeans but missed my leg. This was in the early 1990s. I still have it. I kept the drawers on it and used it to sit my own sewing machine on. I love this table.

    • Larissa says

      Whoa…scary!! I’ve never fought off dogs for trash, but other humans…haha!

  15. Sue Pagels says

    Perfect! I did one with old rulers on the top which turned out great as well (wish I wouldn’t have sold it!) I just love old sewing machine bases. Great job!

    • Larissa says

      Don’t you hate when that happens {head smack}. 🙂 Thanks, Sue!

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