Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Antique Singer Sewing Machine Table Makeover

Who knew?
My neighbor had it all along.
I've been looking for an antique sewing machine with a cast iron base for months now. 
Not a pretty one. 
One that needed some work.
I happened to stop by a small, local flea market a couple weeks back
and there it was, in the back of a trailer.

I figured it was already sold because it was in the trailer, but I asked anyways.
Much to my delight, it was not sold yet.
To make things even better, it was a great price 
and the trailer it was in belonged to one of my neighbors.
He even offered to drop it by my house on his way home.
I didn't have to try to load it into my vehicle.
Here she is before...

Here she is after her makeover.

I started her makeover by removing everything from the base.
Then I scrubbed the base to remove all of the years of dirt,
mud dauber nests, loose paint, rust
 and a lot of thread that was wrapped around the wheels.

Once the base was all cleaned and the wheels were rolling smoothly,
 I painted it with a fresh coat of black primer and paint.

I chose a piece of reclaimed walnut that we had in our lumber stash 
to make a new table top for it.

My husband actually made the top.
He took the reclaimed board and cut it into two pieces,
glued them long edge to long edge, then worked his magic on it.

He builds mandolins and guitars by trade
and has been blessed with a talent when it comes to working with wood.
If you're interested in checking out some of his instrument builds
you can visit his website here or his facebook page here.
I call him the wood whisperer.

I love the dark grain in the walnut and how it works with the black base.

Lastly, we attached the new top to the base.

I absolutely love how the whole piece turned out,
but I do not have room for her, so if you love her too, she's available here.

I still have the drawers and the original sewing machine
 that I can do something with!

I have a few projects in mind for the drawers.
Any suggestions for the sewing machine?

Thank you for stopping by. 
Have a wonderful day!

'til next time,
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  1. So pretty, Adina!!!!!!!!!! I love the top too :-) I hope you are enjoying your Summer!

    Have a wonderful weekend...

    1. Thank you Sherri! Summer is off to a good start. Hope yours is too :)

  2. I just got 2 machines recently.... I have done a table in the past, and a vanity. I think it's time to do another table.
    YOUR singer sewing machine repurposed into a table is fabulous. Love that table top! Great job by the hubs!

    1. He did do a great job! I love the one you made into a vanity! Thank you Gail.