an antique sewing table gets a quick makeover
This antique sewing table didn’t need much work when it came into my workshop.
It was in great shape and was clean all the way through. It didn’t have any cobwebs or dust bunnies hiding in the crevices. All it needed was a piece of glass for the top to make it a functional table.
adding a piece of glass to the top
To make this sewing table functional again, I needed to figure out what to do with the top of it. It came with a cover for the sewing machine, but the machine itself was long gone. All that was left was a big hole where the machine would have been.
The easiest way to fix that problem was to have a piece of tempered glass cut to size to lay over the hole.
In addition to adding the glass, I removed some remaining hardware under the table that housed the sewing machine. This made things much cleaner inside.
Extra table surface
There are two aspects of this little sewing table that are my favorite. One is the extra table surface that is folded down on the side. You can see it off to the left in this photo.
There’s a metal lever under the top that pulls out, providing support for this little table leaf.
Simply push that little guy out and voila!
The lever provides support from underneath.
THe design on the drawers
My other favorite aspect of this little table is the design on the drawers.
Cute as a button, don’t you think? The intricate carvings are incredible!
The original maker is stamped on the cast iron base too.
I’m often asked how I maintain self-control and don’t keep all of my pieces that I work on. In all honesty, this sewing table is a piece that I wish we would keep in our home. The fact of the matter is that our in-law suite isn’t that big and we simply don’t have the wall space. There is literally no place to put it. I’m sure I’ll come across another one in my travels when we have a larger home, so I’m okay letting it move on in life.