Diamond in the Rough

We bought an old sewing machine table at Salvation army a few years ago.  I really liked the size and shape, but haven’t taken the time to spiff it up. 

A few days ago, while I was day dreaming about being able to afford all new furniture, I realized, who needs that when you have a can of spray paint and a napping baby! 

It took just a day.  I sanded off the top, and a quick once over on the base.  I taped the top off, and spray painted the base.  I did 3 or 4 coats.  To make sure it was all smooth and did a quick sand between coats (this really makes the finish look so much better, I promise, it is worth it)  For the top I used Watco, staining wax finish that I had from some old nightstand that I built in wood shop class in college.  

Now,  I am just kicking myself for how long a waited to do this.  I could have been happier a long time ago!

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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.

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  1. >I have my second sewing table sitting in my garage to get painted when I get the chance. I found my first one at DI years ago and painstakingly refinished it. But it is one of my favorite pieces! I really like the two-toned look you made. Very nice!

  2. >i LOVE it!!!! and it goes perfectly w/ the "new" chair! we found a similar table a long time ago and gave it to my sister, who has never done anything w/ it – i just might have to take it back!

  3. >i love it! I have four chairs that I plan on recovering but I am terrified to paint over the beautiful wood. I know I have to in order for it to match our kitchen table or maybe it would be better to get a new kitchen table…hmmm.

    But I love what you did with the sewing table, it's beautiful!

  4. >Looks great! That's awesome that you were featured on better after. Looks like a cool blog. I'll have to check it out!

  5. >I have the same sewing table here. I use it for my plants. Do you want to refinish mine? Just kidding. Thanks for the wonderful idea. You did a fabulous job!

  6. >I love it! I am such a huge fan of spray paint. I really want to paint my sleigh bed black but people keep talking me out of it. I will get the guts some day…

  7. >I love projects like this!! It's great to have beautiful things at low prices.

    And thanks for the tip on sanding inbetween coats…never would have done that, but now I know to.

    I learn so much from all your projects.