Thursday, October 25, 2012
Old Sewing Cabinet to Federalist Side Table
Last year I found the exact Singer sewing machine model that my mom owned, and the one I grew up sewing on - at a garage sale for $25. I already had a sewing machine, but mine is a newer model and doesn't sew nearly as well as mom's machine did. It was in pristine condition, and I couldn't resist buying it. The cabinet it came in, however, was small and nothing special. In fact, I almost pitched it - except the frugality in me wouldn't allow it.
It sat in the garage, or a kid's room, until one day when I shopped around my house looking for a side table to put in the Dining Room. As soon as I saw it, B-I-N-G-O.
I sanded it, but just enough to rough up the surface. Then I painted it with 2 coats of Clark + Kensington Paint in flat India Ink. To learn more about this paint, go here. I, then, rubbed on a coating of wax to seal it.
The simplicity and lines of the little black table looked great, but I decided it would be fun to dress it up a little more.
So, I painted some Anaglypta 3D wallpaper border (garage sale - $1) and trimmed it to fit the front of the table.
Since I wasn't sure if I would want to keep this look forever, I did not glue the wallpaper onto the table, but instead buttered a layer of Annie Sloan wax and adhered the border to the table with that. So far it is staying on just fine. I don't know what kind of mess I'll have when I take it off, but you never know until someone tries, right?
Finally, I added this oversized knob I found at Hobby Lobby for $3.50 on their 1/2 price sale. Ok, so it's not a very federalist knob, but I like the look anyway.
This truly was a Junk2Jewel makeover for me. I didn't like that little cabinet at all, but now I think it's perfect in the Dining Room.
Oh, and the sewing machine? It didn't really work at first, because it had been sitting in storage for many years. It took a little effort to clean it thoroughly and get all the gears oiled up, but now it purrs like a kitten. It is such a joy to sew on this machine again.
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