Last Christmas, I decided the best gift for me to find under the tree, would be a sewing machine. I’m a pretty crafty person, but so far, I’ve not mastered the art of sewing. I would love to just be whipping up whimsical owl and woodland creatures out of bright colors and prints. The whirling of the sewing machine would be music to my ears as I turned out one after the other embellishing them with button eyes and sweet scarves. Alas, that hasn’t happened yet. Aside from an owl pillow I made in 6th grade home & careers class, the sewing machine and I have not had a great relationship.
A few years ago, I bought a new sewing machine and hemmed some café curtains. That went surprising well, so thinking I was ready to move on, I purchased some craft patterns. Everything looked so easy reading the outside of the pattern envelope however, the patterns themselves were pretty complicated. All the talk about interface, basting and bias had me wondering what I had gotten myself into. Yet, I was ready to give it the old college try again. The new computerized sewing machines would make sewing a cinch, right?
So, under the tree Christmas morning, I found a shiny new computerized sewing machine with all the bells and whistles. Now, I just needed a place to start turning out all those crafty sewing projects that filled my mind like visions of sugar plums. In my search for a sewing table, I found one I thought was perfect. It was brightly painted and looked vintage, but the price tag was more than I cared to spend.
I didn’t want anything made from particle board, so my creative, DIY brain kicked into high gear when I saw a vintage vanity on Craigslist for $35!
My husband and I picked it up, and I was in love. I took this beauty out on the deck and began sanding it so that the primer would adhere better. Then, I used a spray primer, sanded lightly and applied a bright turquoise spray paint.
I sanded between coats so I would have a smooth finish. Finally, when the paint was perfect, I took some fine sand paper and just went over edges and details to distress it a bit.
Next, to give it an antique look and to tone down the paint a tad, I used a decorative glaze in java brown. The glaze totally transformed the piece into a work of art and was so easy to use. You just apply it and then wipe it off using varying pressure, it’s formulated to allow you ample time to work with it before drying. This special formulation is easier than working with say a stain you could brush on and wipe because you have more time to get just the result you desire.
After the glaze had dried, I applied 2 coats of satin polyurethane to protect the finish. Finally I added some new hardware, and decorated some fun paper in the drawers and on the inside of the cabinet and door back.
I am so impressed with how it turned out and even have trouble believing that I was able to do that myself! So now, I have a gorgeous one of a kind sewing station!
The pictures simply don’t do this gorgeous piece justice but I think you get the idea. I have to warn you though, this process is addicting. I find myself searching craigslist and yard sales for my next project. Now, if I could only turn out the whimsical owls as easily. Oh well, at least my sewing machine has a beautiful resting place and my sewing quest may just have led me to discover my true talent.
Carolyn Matri-Kavarnos is a wife and mother of five living in upstate New York. She is the rambling mom at MommyRamblings.org who keeps busy reviewing new products, sharing tips, DIY projects big and small and capturing it all with her passion for photography. If you’re looking for product reviews, super giveaways or inspiration for a new project check out MommyRamblings and say hi to Carolyn on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
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