Before & After: Sewing Table

August 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm Leave a comment





A quick rehab of a 1970’s sewing table.  I was enamored with the lattice weave front, so I decided to accentuate the panels by using contrasting colors at the natural break lines.  I discovered four cans of black gloss spray paint at my Mom’s house, so that determined my base color.  Then, I had 1 can of “Ivy Leaf” Krylon gloss that I have been itching to use.  It’s a bright avocado color.  It was not enough to paint all the green, so I used a partial can of an evergreen color for the top.  I was disappointed at first that I didn’t have enough of the bright green, but I actually liked it better when I was done.  It’s much more sophisticated this way.  I kept the existing handles because i liked their lines and shot them with the black and a clear coat.  I put a hefty clear coat on the whole thing to give it a lacquer look.  I hit the top black trim a lot and let the overspray fall on to the evergreen.  This gave the evergreen a darkened edge, which I was going to correct, but then decided to keep.  It reminded me of the old leather table tops that get the weathered fade at the edges.

Here is the masking stage.  I did the majority of the masking and painting in complete darkness.  It’s not the best idea, but it made it more exciting to see it in the morning and it’s sometimes the only me-time option when you have toddlers.  I used blue painter’s tape and some scrap paper.

Step by step:

  1. Removed all hardware and hidden sewing machine using mostly a phillips head screwdriver.
  2. Light sanding with a fine 220 grit sandpaper.
  3. Gray primer on all exposed wood.
  4. Light sanding fine grit paper again.
  5. 2 coats of gloss black spray paint.  Remember to coat hardward, too!
  6. After completely drying, mask off any areas you want to remain black.
  7. If the second color is very sheer (usually colors that are saturated with not a lot of creaminess in them), I recommend hitting the panel areas with a good primer base coat (ideally white).  I had a can of emerald green that had been sitting around.  Let dry.
  8. Hit with 2 coats of Ivy Leaf Krylon (let dry in between).
  9. After dry to the touch, remove masking (oh, this step was soooo fun).
  10. Reattach hardware.
  11. Several coats of clear gloss (let dry n between).
  12. Voila!

lattice front detail before after lattice detail

This piece is headed for the consignment shop today!


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