HOW TO UPDATE A SEWING TABLE | MY VINTAGE SINGER CABINET GETS A MAKEOVER!
Hi, sweet #sifamily! Today’s makeover has some history. I picked up this vintage Singer Sewing Machine from my local ReStore over 20 years ago. Because there was no power cable to this machine, my Dad rewired the old girl for me. It came with a matching bench. And as an added bonus it had the original owner’s name, manual, and date included. I’m sharing below but before you read on – can you guess how old this Singer is?
Over the years I’ve used my sister’s new Singer and I bought a brand new Brother machine, but I still prefer sewing on this vintage machine the very best! I wish I had more time because my sewing skills are mediocre at best but I’d love to learn!
Here’s what I started with…
Here’s what my Singer Sewing Cabinet looks like now…
I dressed her up a bit! What do you think?
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PAINTED AND STAINED SEWING TABLE
I recently brought this sewing machine for a tuneup. A BIG thank you to Charlie at Charlies Sewing Machines! He not only gave the machine a maintenance-once-over but also fixed the sticking drawer free of charge.
TIP ~ When you don’t want to remove your sewing machine and disconnect the wiring, an easy solution is to wrap the sewing machine in a garbage bag before you sand or paint.
I wrapped mine securely and placed it back into the cabinet. This keeps it free of dust, paint, and topcoat.
After giving the cabinet a sanding with a 120 using this orbital sander, I added some extra detail using WoodUbend moldings. I love the added dimension and detail. It really takes this plain cabinet up a notch.
For extra detail on the legs, I cut the ends off this design. To cut these appliques, you warm them up with a hairdryer or heat gun and they cut easily with a sharp blade. If you’d like to see how to bend and apply them, I have a full video tutorial here.
After the WoodUbend was dry, I masked off the legs with painters tape and gave this sewing table 2 coats of Coffee Bean. If you’re new here, Coffee Bean is one of my most FAVORITE blacks. It has brown undertones which gives it look much softer and warmer than other black paint.
I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the legs. Leave them bare? Stain them? Paint them? It turned out I stained them with Tobacco Road and sanded them back … WOW… the sanded stain looks AMAZING!
Also, my friend Janet on FB was asking where to get these furniture wheels for easy furniture moving and painting. You can get them here.
I love the new look and can’t wait to sew something!
Here’s the original manual and ower’s card from March 9, 1945!
They don’t make things like they use to, do they?!
I see so many variations of old sewing tables and cabinets at yard sales and thrift shops. They make for amazing compact desks and side tables. And what a great piece of furniture to salvage and restyle!
I’m looking forward to sewing and I’m appreciating this new updated look… with her little black shoes and all! 😉
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS SEWING CABINET MAKEOVER… OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
ALSO IF YOU GET INSPIRED BY ANY OF MY MAKEOVERS AND GIVE THEM A TRY, BE SURE TO TAG ME ON IG OR FB WITH #SIBLOG — I’D LOVE TO SEE WHAT YOU’RE UP TO AND POSSIBLY FEATURE YOUR WORK!
Happy furniture painting my friends and stay inspired!
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