White Sewing Machine Table Makeover

I was gifted this vintage sewing 🧵 table by my cousin. Her grandparents purchased it many years ago and her grandmother sewed many pieces with it. Can you believe that the sewing machining still worked? I had hopes of this being used as a small desk or entry way table.


For a list of basic chalk paint supplies I typically use, click here.

For a list of basic gel stain staining supplies, click here.

How I refinished this piece:

To start, I removed the machine, its components and the top leaves that fold out.

To make staining easier (plus, I’m a klutz so I’d be sure to get stain on the white paint!), I removed the legs. I used Zinsser Cover Stain on the body and drawers before chalk painting with Annie Sloan’s Old White. Annie Sloan’s clear wax was applied as a top coat.

The legs were stained using General Finishes Gel Stain in Antique Walnut. They were sealed with High Performance Topcoat.

I was able to refresh the original hardware using Rust-Oleum’s Aged Metallic in Vintage Gold.

The top is my favourite part of this! I measured a piece of 3/4” plywood to create the desk top.

I sanded for a smooth finish and applied wood veneer on the edges. It was my first time with this and I was surprised how easy it really was.

I used the same stain as the legs and WOWOWOWOWOWOW 🤩. That grain is just more than words.

I attached the top to the underside of the desk to secure it.

This piece is staying in the family and will be used as a desk for online learning. I’m so proud of this one.

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