{Sewing table – before & after}


Just a quick little before & after to show what can be done with a dated sewing table.

This one is solid wood and had cute lines.  It went a creamy white, then heavily distressed with a 60 grit sanding block.  The top was given a sloppy coat of white paint and then scraped and sanded off to look old & wore out. 

the handle for the false drawer was made out a rope – adds to that shabby look :)


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And just because its a sewing table, doesn’t mean that it has to be used for a sewing table.  Would be a cute little entry table to drop your keys, a side table – even a little nightstand.  Lots of uses :)

18 replies
  1. Tanya
    Tanya says:

    I was a little doubtful as you described the process, but then came the photo, and, as usual, you've completely wowed me.

  2. Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage
    Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage says:

    Holy Moly! I didn't think such a dramatic transformation could be made on such a plain little table! I am wowed by this makeover!! It looks so very pretty now!!

  3. Nanci
    Nanci says:

    A-MA-ZING!! I would so use that as a sewing table. You really made it sing. I have an antique oak sewing cabinet that formerly had a tredle and now houses my machine. I am so tempted to paint it but am a bit reluctant because it's an antique. So I'm stuck in limbo land. Help! Would you distress it if it was yours?

  4. ~alicia
    ~alicia says:

    Ok, seriously?! I passed up one of these at Goodwill last week because I didn't have "the vision"!

    This is BEAUTIFUL and would make a perfect entry way table. I will have to *run* to Goodwill tomorrow to see if they still have the one I saw. You're work is so inspiring and you are truly talented!

    Love your blog – I read it every day!


  5. Morning Glory Cottage
    Morning Glory Cottage says:

    Wow, I think you stole that sewing table out of my guest house. ;0) I better go check. Never mind it's still there with the sewing machine. But hey I'll trade ya. This looks marvelous and gives me an idea of what to do with the one I do have. It's hubby's grandmother's sewing table and machine turned night table. Thanks for sharing this fabulous piece.

  6. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Love that sewing table. I just picked up one at DI last week so I'm happy knowing I'm on the same wave length as a PRO.

    I agree with you, it caught my eye because of the height. Our beds are all to tall for normal nightstands. This will be perfect.

    You did such a good job on your mirror frame tutorial that I'm waiting with "baited breath" for your board and batten tutorial.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Blissful Craziness
    Blissful Craziness says:

    O.K….I'm so excited! I've got one of these in my garage that I got at the goodwill for $1. It's been sitting there for 6 months because I didn't know what to do to it…now I have an idea:) Thanks!


  8. Janeen
    Janeen says:

    Whoever designed that cute basket is awesome. I would love to have that in my livingroom. I'm not good at designing but I sure can buy (or win) someone elses idea.

  9. Sharon
    Sharon says:

    Great job! I just saw one of these being used for a laptop table…when shut, it stored the laptop and all of its extras! Not nearly as cute as yours though!

  10. Joanna
    Joanna says:

    Thanks for sharing this! I have an old sewing table similiar to this. I already like mine as is but what you have done would make it look spectacular! I also saw another one for sale today at a thrift store. I might just buy it and try what you have done here. Looks beautiful.


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