Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sewing Cabinet Re-do

Welcome to Metamorphosis Monday! Thank you Susan for hosting! Make sure to visit her and everyone at the porch!

Before I get started, I would like to publicly thank my 12 year old for photographing "the process".
The quality is low, not due to the photographer ;) but due to the low lighting in the garage and a lot of swooshing around of my hands.... Disclaimer: Please ignore any and all messes you see in the garage.
I have always liked things whitewashed, but I have began a love for all things limed a.k.a. pickled. It's a fast and easy process; I'd give it a beginner to intermediate rate :)
I began with a second hand sewing table that I found for the low, low price of $6.98 at a local thrift store. This is a great piece; solid and heavy.
Lovely legs hu? Yes, thank you....

The top was not in the best of conditions, water damage and general wear and tear...

The trick with liming vs. whitewashing is that you'll want to use watered down primer. That's right, primer, not paint. I used inexpensive primer and just added 1 part water.

The swooshing is gonna start....

I started on the top, using a brush on/wipe off method. I worked pretty quickly, you don't want to let the primer sit too long...

Wiping the first coat off...

I'm a little scared here...the top is not looking good...

swoosh, swoosh...

I think I'm crying's not gonna work!! Just keep swimming, just keep swimming....Thank you Dory.

Moving to the legs...

I'm gonna ignore that top for now...I'll deal with that later...

Because of the damage on the top, the overall piece is a little whiter than I wanted and I'm contemplating a little knock down with a little aging...but right now I'm happy with it.

I love how the body and legs turned out!

The entire piece took about 3 rounds of the brush on-wipe off method and finally the top started to even out...

The end result:

Close up of the top:

I actually like the handles, I just dipped them in the primer and let it run off...

What do you guys think?

I might actually put my sewing machine in it ! Hee, hee! :)

Thank you for joining me and if you would like to see more pictures of this piece just look at my last post!

Thanks again Susan for hosting!


  1. Oh it turned out lovely! I love the picture collage on the wall behind the table as well!


  2. What a great find! That table had great lines to start with and I really like what you did with it! I am also admiring the artwork you have on the wall behind it! You have great taste! I'm going to follow your blog... :-)

  3. I have to say, I seriously had my doubts when you started but it turned out so good! I really like the look of it.

  4. Looks wonderful! Love the displays that you've hung over the table too.

  5. I this table thing. I am also thrilled to now know how to do one myself. PS...I am also loving those seashell balls. Laura@the mansion

  6. You did good! Like the pictures and decor you are using with it also.

  7. Michelle, it came out gorgeous! You did a terrific job! Bravo! I love the pic arrangement on your wall, beautiful!


  8. This is super cute, Michelle ! It is a perfect fit for your little area - great job !

  9. I love it! Your technique for "painting" the hardware sounds like something I would do! It looks beautiful!

  10. What a fabulous painting technique. I love it. I havn't seen that technique before but it looks fabulous. Love the new piece. Hugs, Marty

  11. It's gorgeous..., not only the table but the entire tablescape you created. Love it.

  12. I love it ... that is a really great redo! The design of the table is beautiful! Love the way you decorated it, too.


  14. Michelle,
    This is fabulous! I have never seen this paint treatment done before. I love the white washed look. I have been using a lot of paint and glaze on some of my furniture pieces, but now I would love to try what you have done. Great look! I know you will enjoy it.

  15. It turned out beautifully. I wish I could find a cheap sewing table to transform!

  16. I absolutely LOVE it. It is amazing. You did a great job and I love your pointy little ball.
    I hope you will come for a visit.
    Its So Very Cheri

  17. Very good job!! I am super impressed!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog also!

  18. I likey I likey!! And the arrangement on top with the photos on the wall is great!! Good job!


  19. You did such a great job on that makeover! It turned out perfect! Such a pretty whitewashed look! Very professional!
    All the best,

  20. I was worried for you in the early stages, but it turned out beautiful! I love it! Thanks for stopping by and dropping me a line. Can't wait to come back a take a better look around and get some inspiration!

  21. Amazing! I confess I didn't read everything..looks like an old sewing machine table. I can't believe how snazzy it came out!

  22. I love it! And I love what you have arranged on it too!

  23. Hi Michelle,
    Great post! I thought the slight blurring of the "action shots" added a feeling of ... being there with you. I could feel you working intuitively ... panic's a great motivator, isn't it? ;)
    It looks beautiful with the "props" you added. Another magazine-worthy after pic!


  24. This came out great!Thanks for sharing your technique. I always freak out in the middle of a project, get a knot in my stomach and think that it's going to be trashed...but then (keep swimming..that's SO true) by the end of it, somehow they work out. Love the vignette you did with it.

  25. What a great look you created. I especially love the table with all of the photos and the vase with the shells and twigs! Love it!

  26. Your cabinet turned out so nice, I want to try that on a pine plate rack my husband built me, but I'm a little scared to attempt it. I guess if it doesn't turn out I can always paint over it.
    Thanks for sharing.

  27. This table turned out great. I have never "white washed" anything, but I think I might have to give it a try. I love the tablescape...complete package.



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