May 25, 2010

My New Sewing Table

I got an old sewing table for my machines last year on Craigslist. We got it right before the baby was born. It took some time waiting for just the right style and size, but I finally found something I knew would work. You see, the machine was moving into my bedroom and I wanted something that would hide it nicely when it was not in use.

This cabinet/table cost me $30. I knew when I saw it that it was perfect, but it was also going to take a lot of work!

Sewing Table Repair

Somewhere I saw potential. When we got it home and started really inspecting it I got a little disappointed. I wasn't worried about the Laminate table top, I could deal with that. What had me was that the edging around part of the flip-top was gone. I knew I could try sanding but didn't know if it would work, or how long that would take. Thankfully, I remembered the edging that I learned about while researching cabinet refacing for my kitchen. I figured I'd give it a shot. It took two confused employees at Home Depot to figure out what I wanted, but they finally found it. Melamine Edging!

Sewing Table Repair

Sewing Table Repair

The edging was easy enough to apply. You heat it with an Iron. I actually did it by myself! It ended up being just a little too wide for the table, but once it had all cooled off I used a utility knife to trim the excess and then sanded the edges to smooth it a little. It ended up being perfect! I filled the holes with wood filler. (Of course, as I was applying the edging I dropped the table top on the concrete floor. One corner got pretty banged up and I had to fill that as well. It still shows a little, but I can live with it.)

Sewing Table Repair

You can see in the above picture some of the process of painting. I had my Dad bring me some Melamine Paint from Canada. Tinted in a darker color for a good base. Last time I painted Laminate I just used regular paint and the desk top bubbled up weird. This time I wasn't going to take that risk. My awesome husband took the entire thing apart and primed all of it with the Melamine paint (I was 9 months preggo at the time and not about to do it myself). Then he painted it all black. Months later I got back to it and sanded it, then painted again. Then I sanded it and touched up the few spots that needed. Then I coated it in Polyurethane twice.

The handles I spray painted in a black metallic paint. The inside plastic trays were brown, so I used a black plastic spray paint to paint them.

Then my husband put it all back together and moved it into our room! He rocks!

Altogether I used 4 paints and 1 finish. It took a long time to complete this, but I love it. It's a beautiful little cabinet and looks so good in my room. Now I just have to build a ledge to hold my new machine properly inside the table.

Sewing Table

Sewing Table

Sewing Table

Sewing Table

Sewing Table

I'm linking this up to the paint challenge at The CSI Project, Show us What You're Working With Wednesday at Me and My Bucket and Trash to Treasure Tuesday at ReInvented.



CraftyMummy said...

This is so clever! I love the shiny black finish - very chic. I bet you'll love using it :)

Julie said...

Very Nice!!!

Sharon@thisthriftyhouse said...

Nice Job! I love how it turned out!

Unknown said...

Great Job! It looks wonderful.

Cassie said...

Totally Awesome!!
I love the black!!

Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Beautiful! I've always wanted to try that banding stuff.

Stephanie Cameron said...

Wow...that is the perfect sewing machine cabinet. I'm now on the hunt for one of my own!

Jen @ said...

Wow - that table looks so good now. Great job!

Thanks so much for linking up to the CSI Project! We really appreciate it. I hope you will come back next week for our Hardware Store challenge!


Morgan//Nuts and Bows said...

This turned out so great! I LOVE IT!!!! Great work!!


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newscrapper said...

wow that is total cool, that would have been something I would have thrown away!