Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Revamping a sewing table...

 Can I just start by saying thank you for all the comments on my last post? It's so nice to share my excitement at my boot sale finds with like minded people. In the days before blogging I used to put things on facebook and I don't think anyone really got it.
It's funny that you can have more in common with people you've not met, than friends sometimes. Yay for blogging!

The planter is coming along far too slowly. As I'm working in oil based paints I can only do a coat a day so I had to start something else in the interim. Paint the skirting boards? Nah!

I picked up this little vintage sewing table a while ago and unlike most things I bring home, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.
Here's the before:

Oopsie! I forgot to take a before shot, so it has a few paint strokes on the bottom! You can't see here but the top has suffered some damage to the finish.

As it's dark wood I wanted to use milk paint, and I'm delighted to tell you that it worked a treat this time. Lots of chipping!
I'll spare you that process as you've seen it before.
I thought I'd share with you the interior refurb.


The interior had seen better days. The lid also had an upholstered section.

I ripped it all out.

I kept all the sections and drew round them on clean card.

Then I cut thin wadding the same size as the card and new fabric slightly larger. I used linen (from the boot sale) for the fabric.

The card is in the middle in this photo.
At this point I went to make a cup of tea and returned to find Fat Freddy 'helping' me.

I think he was protesting because I wouldn't give him a second supper. 

I secured the wadding to the card with loops of sellotape, and folded the edges of the fabric around that, glued it and pegged it.

 I mitred the corners and did the same with the other sides.

Once all six pieces are dry I put them all in place with lots of glue. I stuffed the inside with books to hold the edges tightly while the glue dried.

Some braid (charity shop find) finishes off the edges.

All clean!
The lid

I know this hardcore shabby look isn't everyones cup of tea, but no matter how choose to refurb the exterior, you needn't be put off by a dirty looking interior. It's so easy to re-do it.

These old sewing tables are plentiful at the boot sales.
You can also use this same technique to line jewellery boxes. 

I'm really pleased that something finally went to plan and it turned out just the way I wanted it to. Yay!

Linking with Ta dah Tuesday at Faith Hope and Charity Shopping

 Transformed Tuesday at PJH Designs One of a kind & Vintage

 Elizabeth & Co.: Be Inspired

 Knick of Time Tuesday

 Miss Mustard Seeds Furniture Feature Friday

and Funky Junk Interiors SNS


  1. What a fantastic transformation, from fuddy duddy to fabulous! Love Fat Freddy,no project is ever complete until a cat's inspected it. x

  2. Wow, that's amazing - just goes to show what can be achieved, you did a great job on it, both inside and out! x

  3. Wow, you have done an amazing job! Totally get you on the Facebook/blogging thing. I have met some wonderful like minded friends through blogging. x

  4. Ooh I've always been a bit put off re-doing upholstered bits like that but you've made it seem easy - and a great result.

  5. Love the sewing table revamp,and fat Freddy ♥♥ The Fat Freddy's cat mags were epic "wait till he puts on his stereo headphones ... " was my favourite.

  6. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!! THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY THE FLIGHT PLATFORM AS WELL! milk paint, is that easy? i am looking for a way to shabby chic my dark brown wood veneer dining table and chairs. would this process my hard wearing enough to eat off? (not literally eat off but you know what i mean!) xxx

  7. Such a pretty makeover & you made re-lining it look so simple! I'm lovin' all the chippy yummy goodness on the exterior as well. I'm glad to see my cat is not the only feline that likes to 'help' with projects :) Thanks for sharing such a great makeover.

  8. WOW that looks amazing and i think fat Freddy would agree. I love it and the fact it has a little table underneath it. dee x

  9. I really love that chippy look! You did a beautiful job. Thanks for sharing at Transformed Tuesday. Have a great week.

  10. Hi - I'm not quite sure how I've stumbled across your blog but I'm very glad I did - what an inspiring bunch of projects you've got here. I'm especially pleased with this one. I've often wanted to re-line things but never quite sure where to start - you've made it all very clear. I look forward to having more of a mooch (oh and that eiderdown on your other post - bargain of the century!)x Jane

  11. Wow what a great makeover and a lovely little table. The new colours and lining are so fresh and updated. I have never come across a sewing table like that.


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