This DIY is more special than most because this time I have given a sewing table that belonged to my Grandma a quick and easy facelift with paint and a no-sew table skirt. Do I understand the irony in the fact that I’m making a no-sew skirt for a sewing table? Yes!! However, as I’ve mentioned before, this girl does not sew…no ma’am. Still, this little table with its old Singer sewing machine holds a lot of memories for me and I just wanted to make it pretty!
Before you think,”why would you paint over an antique piece of furniture?” let me assure you that A) I got permission and B) this table was U-G-L-Y it didn’t have no alibi … it was UGLY (clap, clap… clap, clap), UGLY (clap, clap…clap, clap). It was stained a pretty awful orange color and, well, yeah.
So! On to the makeover!
For this project I used:
- Sherwin Williams Pro Classic Paint in Delicate White (this is my go-to when it comes to paint)
- 2 inch angle brush
- 2 yards of fabric
- Staple gun
- Heat-Bond Hemming Tape (see a picture of the type I use HERE)
First let me astound you with the ugly before (I painted the sewing table a couple of years ago for the first time…clearly my taste has changed!).
Here is a photo of the ugly orange stain peeking through…now do you blame me for painting it?!!
The very first thing that I did was to give this piece a quick coat of primer. I don’t sand any of the pieces that I paint because my biceps are already huge and to be honest if they get any bigger I’ll have to buy new shirts. LIES!! I’m actually just lazy. Next, I painted with my very favorite paint in the whole wide world…Sherwinn Williams Pro Classic. This paint is easy to work with, dries to a hard enamel and most importantly I have never used a poly after and it holds up wonderfully.
After the primer and 2 coats of paint it was time to get to the business of the skirt. This girl wouldn’t have been complete without a pretty skirt! The actual reason for the skirt was that when the sewing machine collapses down into the table itself it was visible from the underneath. I chose a cute black and white buffalo check fabric and, using my scissors and hemming tape, cut the fabric to size and “hemmed” (for more complete instructions on heat bond tape click HERE) the bottom of the fabric to give it a nice finished edge! Finally, using the unfinished edge of the fabric I stapled around the inside of the table, folding the material over on itself every 2 inches to give it a nice pleated look.
I have included pictures with and without the skirt to show you the piece both ways. Ultimately I decided to remove the skirt. I have more of a modern farmhouse and felt the look was more of a cottage style which wasn’t complimentary to my decor. If you love a more traditional, cottage look I recommend making this sweet skirt!!
Here she is! I just love the way this old table looks now!
Thanks for joining me on another DIY friends!