Old Sewing Table Turned Food & Beverage Station

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July 4th may be over but, I certainly had this holiday in mind when I purchased an old sewing table at my local Goodwill. With Labor Day right around the corner, I think you should be on the lookout for an old sewing table and turn it into a Labor Day inspired party station! Or of course an anytime, day or night, party station.
old sewing table turned food beverage station, how to, painted furniture, repurpose household items
This table was pretty sad and gross. I started off by cleaning it thoroughly and while it no longer had a sewing machine most of the hardware was still attached.
old sewing table turned food beverage station, how to, painted furniture, repurpose household items
Once everything was cleaned and removed, I measured the opening. I'd planned on placing something like a tub or bucket within to hold the ice, beverages, and condiments. While out at garage sales one day, I came across a couple of metal food pans. Perfect!
old sewing table turned food beverage station, how to, painted furniture, repurpose household items
Unfortunately, they didn't fit right out of the gate and due to the pans being tapered, it was hard to get an exact measurement of how much I needed to remove. I got out the jigsaw and cut away little by little until they fit.
old sewing table turned food beverage station, how to, painted furniture, repurpose household items
old sewing table turned food beverage station, how to, painted furniture, repurpose household items
Once the pans fit, it was on to removing and cleaning up the hinges. I used my hand sander and then spray painted them along with the screws in a bronze color. The same as I used on my DIY lid and on the potting bench .
old sewing table turned food beverage station, how to, painted furniture, repurpose household items
old sewing table turned food beverage station, how to, painted furniture, repurpose household items
For the base, I removed the front decorative handles, filled the holes with wood filler and once dry, spray painted the inside only in a bright blue color.
old sewing table turned food beverage station, how to, painted furniture, repurpose household items
old sewing table turned food beverage station, how to, painted furniture, repurpose household items
The rest of the base got a few coats of chalk paint in a slightly darker blue.
old sewing table turned food beverage station, how to, painted furniture, repurpose household items
The lid of the sewing table would not close if the pans were still in place so, I created a shelf to fit within for storage of the pans and any other tidbits like napkins or cups, when not in use.
We cut a piece of plywood to fit, painted it the same blue as the inside and attached it to the base making sure it was level. Everything got a few coats of sealer for outdoor use but, I personally would not leave it out in the rains.
old sewing table turned food beverage station, how to, painted furniture, repurpose household items
Once the shelf was in, the lid still wouldn't close because now the hinge was knocking it and getting stuck open. There are openings in the corners although they're very small so we created a little "widget" to help coax the hinge down into the hole. The lids can now close all the way.
old sewing table turned food beverage station, how to, painted furniture, repurpose household items
We added some extras like a bottle opener, paper towel holder, and a dishcloth holder and now this old sewing table is ready to party. Are you?
old sewing table turned food beverage station, how to, painted furniture, repurpose household items
To see a more in depth description along with more photos of this transformation, pay me a visit over at my blog! I'd love to see you there ;)

Suggested materials:

  • Folk Art Chalk Paint  (JoAnn Fabric)
  • Plutonium Spray Paint  (JoAnn Fabric)
  • Minwax Spar Urethane  (Lowe's)
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Angie @ Ambient Wares

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  • Joanie
    on Sep 4, 2017

    This would look great on my deck for pool parties and get together's. I like the paper towel holder and beverage opener. Those extra little amenities add to it!! A+ idea!!

  • B. Enne
    on Jun 2, 2018

    Absolutely brilliant! This is one of the best projects I have seen on here. I wish my mother had kept her sewing machine, it would have been perfect for this!

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