I was just about to leave the thrift store
and go home and cry and BOOM. There it was. A gorgeous vintage sewing machine table looking straight into my brown eyes. Do I sew? No. Do I want to learn how to sew? No. Do I love vintage furniture, especially at a fantastic price, yes. Here’s the scoop —->It was priced $49 and I had a 35% off coupon. SCORE! Sold to the lady with red hair for $32. Welcome to my “Vintage Sewing Machine Table Makeover Without Refinishing/Painting”…
I have to be totally honest and tell you that I actually wanted to use this vintage sewing machine table as a vanity for my husband’s “shaving nook” for our upcoming master bathroom makeover. I pictured a small modern white square sink set on top like we did here and thought it would be perfect in the sewing machine “hole”. Well, the vintage sewing machine table sat in our garage for months. Shame on Julie. Then, a couple weeks ago we were moving some things around in the garage, and I asked my husband his thoughts on my wild vanity shaving nook idea. He was not thrilled at all, so I pouted a little bit and then I made him help me bring it inside 😆 . Mind you, I had completely forgotten that it actually still had a sewing machine inside of it. How could I forget that??? I’m getting old you guys.
That night I decided to clean it up (photo above is AFTER). The wood is just so beautiful, I had (have) no intentions of refinishing it. I honestly feel it is stunning the way it is and I love the vintage wear and tear. It just needed a little cleaning, touch-ups, and polishing (see below for exact tutorial and products used).
Above you can see how even the inside is in great shape. After my 4-step furniture makeover process it looked brand new. How do you like those baluster legs? Va-va-voom!
Here’s the full package…
Please feel free to educate us all below in the messages on vintage National Rotary sewing machines if you are knowledgeable in that category. Is this worth anything? I may not know a lot about sewing machines, but I know beauty when I see it. Between the stain color, the details in wood workmanship, and the curves on that sewing machine I feel I have the Marilyn Monroe of thrifty sewing machines right here!
Unfortunately, I didn’t take a before photo of all the angles, but I did remember to get the top. Below is what it looked like straight out of our garage. See the paint in the upper left corner? I got it off. See the scratches? I made them blend in and add a vintage “feel”. See the dull stain? I shined that right up-without refinishing!
Doesn’t it look fantastic? I absolutely LOVE the scratches. I really do. They add charm that a new piece just doesn’t hold. Kind of like my face. Well…it’s true.
You might be wondering what the heck I’m going to do with a beautiful polished vintage sewing machine table since I don’t sew 😀 . I just happen to have just the spot for it at the end of our teal blue velvet sofa. You see…I’m making a few changes to our front living room, and this is the first step. I have lots to show you including a lamp makeover (okay there’s actually 2 lamps), a very large new mirror I placed above the velvet sofa (see below), new colorful rugs, and I took down my silver platter wall and tried something similar. So, stay tuned. Oh, and I better not forget to tell you that I am painting our dark built-in shelves white!
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Here’s how I did it and the products I used are highlighted in blue so you can easily order them on-line if interested.
HOW I REFINISHED WITHOUT REFINISHING-4 SIMPLE STEPS
- Use THIS PRODUCT to clean off any paint or sticky stickers. It took literally seconds to get the paint off with this and a cloth.
- Clean the wood and every nook and cranny top to bottom including the legs and inside by spraying a dry cotton cloth with THIS SPRAY and clean off any dust, grime, or dirt.
- Color every single scratch, or nick with THIS PRODUCT. Chose the color that suites your stain the best. After you color it in, wipe with the cloth you just used to clean the table with. Repeat if necessary.
- Polish the entire piece 3 times (let dry 30 minutes in between) with THIS PRODUCT and a cotton cloth. Let it dry 24 hours before placing lamp or other decorative pieces on top.