Sunday, January 15, 2012

{Sewing Pattern Side Table}

I have been doing a series on thrift find makeovers.  I would love to have included this project in the series, but it didn't belong because it didn't come from a thrift store.  It came from my grandmother's house after she passed away.  I've had the table sitting in my craft room for a long time.  It was begging for a makeover.  Recently, I finally decided what I wanted to do with it.  Here is what the table looked liked before the revamp, minus the wooden appliqué.

The first thing I had to do was make the table sturdier because it was a bit wiggly.  I unattached the top from the legs and used Gorilla glue to glue secure it.

Then I attached the wooden appliqué to the front of the table with Gorilla wood glue and clamped it until dry.

After the glue dried, I sanded the table to prepare it for paint.

I sprayed the table with Krylon's Dual in white, but I didn't stop there.   I wanted to do something special with the table.  I had some old sewing patterns of my grandmother's, and I decided to use them on the table.    I took out my Mod Podge--one of my favorite crafting supplies--to attach the patterns to the table.

I put one layer of the paper on, and then I decided to layer more on top when that first layer dried.  I did the same thing to the bottom shelf of the table.

I like the items I craft to look worn and loved, so I used the sand paper to distress the table.  I wanted to glaze the table as well.

I mixed Ralph Lauren Faux Technique glaze with brown and black paint until I got a color I liked.  Then I brushed it on the table, focusing on the nooks and crannies.  I wiped the excess off and let the table dry.

As you can see, the glaze really makes the details of the table stand out more than just plain distressing can.  To add durability to the new finish, I brushed on a coat of Polycrylic.

After the finish dried, I was so excited about the final product!

I love the color of the pattern juxtaposed with the lovely distressed white finish.

The legs look so lovely.

And I love how the flower stands out from the front of the table.

The whole thing just makes me smile.  :)  Wouldn't a large wooden table look awesome with this treatment?  Or maybe a sewing table in a craft room?  I hope this gets your wheels turning...


  1. Oh my! This turned out fabulous! I've been contemplating doing this with some small chipwood baskets, I hadn't thought about a table!! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  2. Your table is gorgeous! I love your idea of using your grandmother's old patterns on her table! What a lovely tribute to her! Blessings from Bama!

  3. This came out really great :) I just love revamps. You have a good eye for seeing the possibilities.

  4. Wow! Using your grandmother's patterns was genius! I never would have thought of that. I can totally see this table in a sewing room/craft room or really just anywhere--adorable!

  5. Wow, this is a special little table! Fantastic... lookin' good!!

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  7. very cute! Love it.

  8. This is really cool, and never would of thought of it. Your creativity really showed through on this one. thanks for sharing you inspiration at Sunday's Best.

  9. Bethany! I love this table! What a creative idea!!!

  10. Bethany, I love how you transformed your grandmother's table..You have added your memory to it...Blessings, Becky

  11. Bethany, you did GREAT! Looks SO good and its so creative!!! Thanks LOTS for sharing at Overflowing with Creativity!

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  12. So pretty Bethany! I absolutely love pattern pieces on - everything :D

  13. Wow - talk about fate!!! I just picked a little table up like this at a thrift store and I have two drawers of an old McCall's pattern cabinet full of old patterns! I love what you did and have those little rosette's also!!!

    I also have a new Command Max paint sprayer that I'm just getting ready to fire up - I'm pumped now!!!



  14. Your table is gorgeous! It looks great!


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