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So way back last fall - I was browsing on Craig's List and found this fantastic sewing table for $50. 

Check it out open!  I love the workspace!

And I have been wanting to refinish it ever since I got it.  Now that we have the garage I could finally get to work.

First, I took off all the hardware to spray paint it black.  Then I took a good hard look at the legs.  Unfortunately, I wanted to take the metal base off too - but the screws were stripped so I had to leave them on.  I decided to go ahead and get a good base spray on first and then when they were dry, I taped them off and I started sanding and painting.

Since this piece was veneered - I knew I couldn't go straight at it with a sander.  That would have just torn it to pieces.  So I started with a medium grade steel wool and did an initial pass.  I then went back over and filled in anything I could sand down with wood filler.  After another pass with the medium grade steel wool, I went one final round with a fine grade steel wool.  It was nice and smooth at the end.

I primed with Zinnser's Bulls Eye Water Based Primer which is a low VOC formula and fantastic!  I also forgot to take any pictures between that point and the final project.  Oops!  The primer went on really well and once it was on, I painted with two coats of Valspar Ultra Premium High Gloss Paint in Woodlawn Bedroom White. View swatch below.


(If you didn't know, Valspar has partnered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to preserve colors from many different historic homes.  Woodlawn was originally part of Mount Vernon and built for George Washington's Nephew.  Cool right?)

So here it is - and I love the color with the black hardware!  This photo was not taken in its intended spot as they guest bedroom/craft room is still in progress.  


And here is as a side by side comparison!  I love the total transformation!


So my question is this - should I sand down the edges and make it a little shabby chic or leave it as is?  I love the crispness of it as is but just curious on what you think!

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13 frugal friends said ...

Peg @ Bloomfield Farm said... @ May 2, 2010 at 9:01 PM

I like it just like it is... very pretty! Some day that shabby stuff might go out of style.

Gracefully Vintage said... @ May 2, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Very Cute- i have re-done many sewing tables and sold them- i love them-as i love to sew-i dont even sew on a sewing table i use an old french desk-not so condusive- but never did i think of keeping one that folded out like that -so i could have extra room
Love it-turned out great.
Karryann

Old Jail Artist said... @ May 3, 2010 at 5:46 AM

I'd leave it as it is. It looks great.

Love Where You LIve said... @ May 3, 2010 at 7:44 AM

From drab to fab!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said... @ May 3, 2010 at 9:22 PM

Oh, I love it as-is! Do you actually use the machine in there, or is it empty space? I'm curious b/c I've seen these at Salvation Army, and might get one for my hubs to use in the guest room, but I know he won't want the machine, haha. ;) Visiting from Kimba's party. :)

Katherine @ Grass Stains said... @ May 3, 2010 at 11:01 PM

Well, I'm all about a little shabby chic, so I think you should distress it a little. But I also love it the way it is! What an improvement. Great job!

KJ said... @ May 4, 2010 at 5:11 AM

I saw your link on SPTL, what a wonderful makeover. I found a similar sewing table curbside about a month ago so I really appreciate the tips on how to give it a new look.

janet said... @ May 4, 2010 at 6:03 AM

Well done !!! I would leave it. I found you on TCB..happy that I did ;-)
your friend,
Janet

val said... @ May 4, 2010 at 8:10 AM

Beautiful job! I love how it turned out and the knobs are sooo cute!

Sarah @ Hennessey House said... @ May 4, 2010 at 9:55 AM

nice!! black and white is THE way to go ;) (i just did a b&w project myself!) the hardware on this piece is awesome, you did great with the redo!

Michelle @ Sweet Something said... @ May 5, 2010 at 7:09 AM

I have never seen a sewing table like that! Fantastic make-over! I would leave it crisp!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said... @ May 7, 2010 at 4:28 PM

I love it - I vote to keep it as it is... fits the style of the table better. Thanks for sharing with us at the POPP.

Mary Joy said... @ August 15, 2010 at 6:23 PM

I vote keep it as is. I really love what you are doing with the black and white look. It looks terrific!!!

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