There is so much to enjoy about this time of year. Any aspiring or veteran DIYer should be out and about on the weekends, hunting for the next antique chest of drawers, ottoman, or bookcase to rehab. There’s a whole world of people’s junk waiting to be made into treasure!
One lazy spring afternoon, while I was being somewhat successful at sewing new pillow covers for our couch cushions, my sewing machine pretty much broke. My husband then came through the front door lugging a side table. Or what I thought was a side table! He was driving home from work when he saw the remnants of a yard sale on the side of the road with a “Free” sign hanging on them. He saw this end table looking thing and thought that it would be good for a DIY rehab post. But when he grabbed it, he found that there was a sewing machine inside! It felt like Christmas morning when he brought me home this find! We spent about an hour cleaning up the machine and discovered that all it needed to be functional was a new belt. Not bad for a 50 year old machine!
This machine is pretty easy to disassemble. The hardware consists of a top door, two hinges with twelve screws holding it in place, a handle with two screws, and the machine itself. I realized that we could do the entire rehab leaving the machine in the cabinet, so that’s what we did. A standard phillips head screwdriver removed the rest.
I found an old cardboard box and I stuck the screws into it a little bit. This made it super easy to spray with the gold spray paint. I only used a couple strokes, making sure to not let it puddle in the cross part. Same goes for the handle, just make sure it doesn’t stick to what you’re spraying on!
I used blue painters tape to cover the top section of the cabinet that we didn’t want to be white. Then I spray painted the entire lower part a nice satin white color. It only took two coats to get the color I wanted, It was a little tricky getting all the corners, but i persisted!
The hubs took the sander to the detached door and the top part that was previously taped off. It took about an hour to sand the 50 year old finish off the wood. Be extra careful! Because it needs to be sanded so much, it runs the risk of misshaping it. Slow and steady is the key!
We have a beautiful dark espresso color stain that we have used on some other projects. I thought it would set off the white paint nicely, and I was right! Take extra care to not get any stain on the white that you just painted. We didn’t so I can’t help you much if you do! It took about two coats to get the color we wanted.
When we bought the white and gold paint we picked up some clear coat sealer. All we needed to do with that was evenly spray one coat on every piece. A little tricky because its clear and can be easy to lose track of what has been sprayed!
Mount all the hardware back on and reattach the door. Again, a philips head screwdriver or cheap drill will do the trick. Take care to not scratch the new finish!
Now not only do I have a new-old sewing machine, I have a nice conversation piece and piece of history rolled into one! How did you guys like it? Let me know in the comments section below! : )
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