Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Before and After Sewing Table

A former coworker of mine manages a local thrift store.
She has taken my oldest under her wing a bit.

She lets him hang out and work on things.
He fixes her computer alot.
She and her husband feed him cheeseburgers and soda.

He loves it.
It's nice to know that he has a place to hang out
where I don't have to worry about
where he is
what he's doing
or who he's with.

Those are things that I've had plenty to worry over during his early teen years.

Sometimes my son brings me home treasures,
but this one I found while stopping in to drop off a snack.

I thought it was just a little bench,
needing a bit of paint and a square of fabric.

You can see it definitely needed something.

Not until our trip to Hannibal and shopping through the antique stores
did I know why the table had a lift off top.

It's a sewing table.

The top comes off and you can fill the inside
with your spools, needles, thread,
and whatever else you'd like to stash.

My boys would have hidden so many things in there when they were little.
I was always finding "little guys" hidden in the freezer, cabinets, drawers.

The table has now been given a coat of barn red paint.
This was topped with clear wax mixed with  black and brown umber paints.
I just stir up the wax in an old coffee cup with the paint until it's all nice and mooshy.
Then apply and buff.

After I'd already painted the table,
I found fabric on clearance for $3/yd.
The table top needed about 75 cents worth of fabric.
The table was free.
The paint and wax were about $2.

So my little sewing table costs under $3.

I really like this little table,
especially after finding that the top lifts off for a reason.

The things I could stash in there,
but the table is off to my booth,
which is filled to the brim.

I get to move into a second booth on the first,
or perhaps a few days early if I'm lucky before Labor Day weekend.

I love what I do!

Fall is here and I'm ready to dive right into it
I can't wait to hop into that first huge pile of leaves


  1. awesome little sewing table/seat. You really did a great job - such a pretty fabric. thanks for the inspiration to go find something to redo!

  2. I remember my mom having one just like that! Great job refinishing!

  3. Love this Toile! Very nice, I have just one of these waiting to be redone. Thanks for the inspiration. jessica

  4. My grandmother had a chair like that at her sewing machine and the seat lifted up to store notions. Your makeover sewing table turned out really pretty.
    Visiting via Handmade Weds. Hop.

  5. Love the refinish! Nice fabric choice!

  6. That is very pretty, I have one almost identical to it!

  7. MUCHHHH better! Thanks for reloving this piece!

    Visiting from MMS Linky Party
    ~Suzanne in IL

  8. I've never seen a sewing table like this...great transformation. Thank you for linking up to Open House Party. I appreciate it! If you come back next week please add a link to the party at the end of your post. Thanks!

  9. My mom had this exact little fit under her sewing machine cabinet and the finish matched perfectly...and yes, we put all kinds of things in that stool. My daughter has it now ... thanks for the memories

  10. That fabric is gorgeous - and so cheap!

  11. I love the fabric you chose! It's perfect.

  12. It looks wonderful with the red paint and toile! Thanks for linking it up to Home Sweet Home!

  13. these kind of projects just give you the warm and fuzzies! So much fun and so satisfying!

  14. Love the fabric choice. The piece looks great!

    ~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking

    A Mother Seeking...

    P.S. Found you on Embellishing Life.
    This week on A Mother Seeking: I Created A Birdhouse Dream House

  15. Beautiful! It's always fun to turn trash to treasure.

    Thanks for joining Time Travel Thursday. I hope you'll join the party each week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  16. This turned out lovely~ Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  17. It turned out darling!!! And how nice that you have a connection to a thrift store- I bet that you get some great stuff! Thanks so much for linking up to Strut Your Stuff last weekend! We would LOVE to have you come back and link up more of your great projects tomorrow!
    Camille @


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