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I have been thinking that I needed real sewing table. Some how the increased focus on my DIY projects had made me realize that the card table/dining table/coffee table approach I had been taking was not going to cut it for the long run.

So while surfing Craig’s List the other night, I stumbled upon what I thought was a cute table until I saw the picture of it open.

Below is a pic of the table closed up – which is nice. It has good bones, nice drawers, but nothing extremely special.

And now – check it out open!

Ah, the workspace I have been craving when I am working with a large piece of fabric! I was sold!

I showed it to the hubby and he agreed that it was a good find at only $50. We debated on if it would fit in the car and decided to call the seller and give it a try. It fit and we have it home now!

Check out the cute top drawer! It has a place for thread and stuff! I love it. All of the drawers are in great condition so there is no need for repairs there.

My plan is to refinish it into a cute piece that I can stick in our guest bedroom and have it function as a desk when we have people over. Otherwise, it will be my crafting domain.

Now I need some help from those of you who have done furniture restoration/refinishing before (as this will be my first major restoration attempt).

1. How do I get the chipped laminate smoothed out? (see close up pic below)

2. Should I paint it white or should I try to do a finished treatment on it?

3. Should I replace the legs? I checked them out and we can unscrew and replace.

Please feel free to send me links or posts you have done in the past! Thanks for the help! I am really excited about this piece (and so are the cats)! True confession – it took me forever to get pics without them in it!

3 frugal friends said ...

Chanda the Eco-Cheap Mom said... @ November 1, 2009 at 7:31 AM

Very nice piece. I love the drawer pulls! I'm not a restoration pro by any means but if you're going to paint it, perhaps you could use some wood putty and some sandpaper to fix the chipped areas.

Stopped by from SITS.

KimMalk said... @ November 2, 2009 at 7:35 AM

@cheapchichome. Hi, I am stopping by from SITS. Of course, your blog name caught my eye! Do you realize the table you have here was a sewing machine table? My mom had one when I was younger. The machine fits into the cavity when not in use. I would do the above suggestion and put wood fill in the chipped areas. If it doesn't sand well, use a couple of coats of bonding primer. I would look for new legs unless you are going for a more retro look.

by...K@ Ashcroft said... @ November 4, 2009 at 5:27 PM


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