Sewing Table with Vintage Chic Vibe

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.

Side Table Before Vintage Chic Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

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!

Farmhouse Family Room with Natural Jute Area Rug | Affordable Area Rugs featured by Prodigal Pieces |

Later on they offered us this side table that had also been something they used with the set.

Chunky Side Table Gets Sewing Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

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.

Goofing Around While Working on Table | Prodigal Pieces |

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.

Sanding Sewing Table Drawers | Prodigal Pieces |

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.

Thrifted Acme cedar chest is an industrial work of art with vintage typography by Prodigal Pieces |

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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.

Adding Sewing Table Bottom | Prodigal Pieces |

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.

Adding Vintage Typography to Sewing Table Makeover | Prodigal Pieces |

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.

Ceramic Alphabet Knobs by Rustic Brands via Prodigal Pieces |

image by Rustic Brands

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.

Sewing Table with Faux Ruler Slats | Prodigal Pieces |

While also the perfect place for me to pop in some of my favorite stitching books.

Vintage Ruler Style Book Holder on Sewing Table | Prodigal Pieces |

The front is made perfect with those Rustic Brands ceramic knobs. I’m tickled with the apothecary look of them – so cute!

Rustic Brands Alphabet Ceramic Knobs on Sewing Table by Prodigal Pieces |

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.

Outdated Table Gets New Purpose as Sewing Table with Apothecary Style by Prodigal Pieces |

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.

Vintage Typography Style Sewing Table Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

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.

Top Drawer of Sewing Table by Prodigal Pieces |

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?

Inside Sewing Table Filled with Notions by Prodigal Pieces |

And the top is a whimsical part that creates that vintage feel. It was fun to create with typography again.

Vintage J & P Coats Advertisement Typography on Sewing Table by Prodigal Pieces |

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.

Larissa at Prodigal Pieces Using Her New DIY Sewing Table | Prodigal Pieces |

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. Oh, and you can take a peek at what my son did with this same graphic on his repurposed creation over HERE.

Do pin and share to inspire others to take a chance on DIY and make your house your home.

Outdated Side Table Gets a Vintage Chic Makeover Complete with Typography for Sewing Table Fun by Prodigal Pieces |

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More vintage chic makeovers like this sewing table:

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  • Ali

    Fabulous! One of the cutest makeovers I have ever seen! Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

    December 20, 2016 at 6:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Awesome to hear, Ali. Thank you!

      December 20, 2016 at 10:35 am Reply
  • Jamie K

    WOW! What a beautiful makeover! Love it all! Your talent never ceases to amaze me!!

    December 20, 2016 at 7:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      The best part for me was that it was fun and from my parents. Love all around! Thank you, Jamie. 🙂

      December 20, 2016 at 10:35 am Reply
  • Cindy Henderson

    As a sewist, this piece is so functional and beautiful

    December 20, 2016 at 8:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wonderful to hear! I miss my sewing days and feel the cabin fever will require a dose or two of that treatment. 🙂

      December 20, 2016 at 10:40 am Reply
  • gwen

    i love the typography you chose and the drawer pulls, but i think the cleverest part is the rulers! i love the entire piece!

    December 20, 2016 at 10:05 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That idea hit me last minute and I’m so glad it did. hee hee hee. Thanks, Gwen!

      December 20, 2016 at 10:41 am Reply
  • Fran

    Love this! Your creative talent is such an inspiration!! I wish my imagination could follow your imagination around for just one day!

    December 20, 2016 at 10:06 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That is HILARIOUS!! 😀 Thank you for the giggle and showing me love, Fran. 🙂

      December 20, 2016 at 10:41 am Reply
  • Linda Johnston

    Oh gosh! Just another re-do miracle! I think this may be one of my top five favorites of all time!

    December 20, 2016 at 10:26 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Saweet!! Thanks so much, Linda. You’ve made my day.

      December 20, 2016 at 10:42 am Reply
  • Sherry Stuifbergen

    I love the entire piece. I wish I owned it. You were so creative with it. Love the rulers. Go, girl! I wish you were my neighbor to inspire me every day. You would get sick of me “nosing around!” SO much energy.

    December 20, 2016 at 10:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You can join the other neighbors who do the same. HA! Your kind words are much appreciated, Sherry, and it’s my delight to share. Blessings to you!

      December 20, 2016 at 10:43 am Reply
  • Marie from The Interior Frugalista

    I LOVE this piece, Larissa. I love the craft worthy functionality of those drawers, the adorable knobs but what you did on the side rails and the graphic on the top transformed this into a crafter’s dream table! Swooning over here and pinning and sharing the love.

    December 20, 2016 at 11:11 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It was one of those projects that I couldn’t wait to do – know what I mean? It felt good to get it out of my head. Thanks so much for the love, Marie!

      December 20, 2016 at 8:40 pm Reply
  • Kari

    Beautiful vintage graphic…done w a sharpie brilliant !

    December 20, 2016 at 11:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It had to be done. 😀 Thanks, Kari!

      December 20, 2016 at 8:41 pm Reply
  • Doreen

    Hi Larissa,
    Your makeover of this sewing cabinet/side table is amazing! I love how you transformed it with the sewing theme. You are so talented–I love following you and your furniture makeovers.

    December 20, 2016 at 11:49 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Hi Doreen! You are so sweet and your words mean much. I had a blast and is my pleasure to share. 🙂

      December 20, 2016 at 8:41 pm Reply
  • liz

    You are so talented, love this! Keep up the good work, but also make sure to take time to rest up some!

    December 20, 2016 at 1:34 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Liz. 🙂

      December 20, 2016 at 8:43 pm Reply
  • Sandy

    Larissa I loved this whole blog showing the many tables and your home. You are a very talented lady, thank you for sharing with us.

    December 24, 2016 at 4:03 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for the fun love, Sandy. I had a blast and am looking forward to putting it to use. Merry Christmas!

      December 25, 2016 at 1:59 pm Reply
  • michele johnson

    Larissa, You and this makeover piece are so stinking cute….just made me smile when I looked at the transformation!

    April 5, 2018 at 11:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re so sweet to say so, Michele. Thanks!

      April 5, 2018 at 11:55 am Reply
  • Amy G

    Just came across this in your “archives”–what a great idea! I love pieces like this–the funky old maple tables, etc–and yours turned out absolutely darling!

    August 8, 2018 at 10:51 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re so fun! And love your use of funky…hee hee!

      August 9, 2018 at 6:09 am Reply
  • Susan Homeroad Stevenson

    Wow Larissa that is amazing! I love the graphic and all the fun vintage details you added!

    December 26, 2018 at 6:45 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so fun, Susan! Thank you.

      December 27, 2018 at 11:45 am Reply
  • Sam - Raggedy Bits

    Oh my!!! I absolutely love this Larissa!!!! The detail is amazing and adore how you made the rulers for the side!!
    Fabulous job!!

    March 10, 2019 at 8:12 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are sew sweet, Sam! Thank you!

      March 11, 2019 at 9:21 pm Reply
  • Joanne

    Every time I see this redo, I absolutely love it! I follow you on Facebook and love everything you do.

    April 11, 2019 at 3:17 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so sweet to show me love, Joanne. Thank you!

      April 11, 2019 at 9:12 pm Reply

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