Hubs did not take a liking to the table top and always joked about tossing it out and starting over. As if! Save for the cherry stain, I really like it! So I start thinking about cool ways to paint a coffee table that will sway him back over to my side.
Upcycled Sewing Base Coffee Table
This is the second time in a month I get to refinish a coffee table! Years ago on a trip to the States, Hubs and I picked up a cute little coffee table that was originally a vintage sewing table. We’ve done several vintage sewing machine table makeovers now and they always get me thinking creatively. Surprisingly, we’ve never come across such a short base before!
Our starting point is to sand the finish down to bare wood. For areas like the trim part around the fly wheel, Hubs has to hand sand.
If you want to see how your table top will look with a clear coat, use Hub’s lacquer thinner trick (watch the video below).
After seeing the red tones come up again I made a decision to wax it in the end :).
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Metal BaseThe metal base is pretty grungy. For that we use warm soapy water for everything we can reach.
We use a combination of small and jumbo cotton swabs to get into the finer detail like this ornate foot petal. Hubs uses a comfort grip to spray on a few light coats of Tremclad Clear to prevent further rust and protect.
After, Hubs sets the leg wheels onto some popsicle sticks so they don't stick to the cardboard!
Now it’s time to add some personality with two stencils from Old Sign Stencils.
First up is the Antiques stencil. A little research shows that this vintage sewing table is circa 1910. With the Antiques stencil, I can easily customize the date. The numbers that come with the set make it a breeze.
The second stencil I’m using is this Argyle pattern. This stencil is going around the table skirt.
First, I remove the skirt. Luckily the skirt is held on with pocket screws, which are easily removable.
For the first stencil, I use a large natural bristle stencil brush with a soft black paint.
Once everything else is complete, I was just about to finish stencilling the date.
Then I realize, I don’t even need the companion number stencil for this part! That’s because I was able to transpose 1901 to 1910 using the main stencil! I’m sure those accessory numbers will come in handy for other projects down the road though.
The argyle pattern is done in three steps.
One. Apply one coat of black paint to every other diamond. Cover up the diamond that you don't want paint on with a piece of acetate. The clamps you see below help hold everything in place!
Two. Cover up the black diamonds and paint every other remaining diamond white.
Three. Last, but not least, is the diagonal pinstripes. For this part, I use a brighter white so you’ll be able to see the contrast between the two whites. At this point, I change to a 1/2″ stencil brush.
After the argyle is complete, and it dries for 24 hours, I can reassemble the skirt with the table top.
I don’t want to bring out the orangey/red tones in the wood that Hubs disliked so much with the original top. Instead of a clear coat, I use Fusion Mineral Paint’s clear Furniture Wax on the wood to protect it. That’s because it won’t yellow over time and gives the wood a soft sheen.
Hubs and I both agree that we love the new look of our refinished coffee table now!
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