Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Antique Sewing Table

I love how sewing machines used to be actual furniture. It is so much cooler that furniture had purpose in those days and that "gadgets" were pretty, versus all of todays gizmos that just seem to crowd our homes and lives.
Although this little table has long since lost it's sewing machine I still think it has some life left in it.

Even though it isn't a real drawer I thought it needed a little 'jewellery' so this anthro knob finally found a partner.

I have painted some really beautiful sewing tables for clients and this one is definitely on the small side. But it is tall enough to pull a chair up to which would make it a perfect little desk for a tiny corner.

Or a bedside table for todays towering pillow top mattress sets!

The top still flips up, but I think it looks nicer closed.

I always seem to get attached to these little treasures much more easily than the big show-stopping pieces... I wonder why?

17 comments:

Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this piece. I think you get attached to the smaller pieces because there's beauty in the simplicity of it. Thanks for all the inspiration you share.

Kristin said...

It's very cute! :) My desk where I use my computer is actually an old sewing table, but it looks like a desk with 3 drawers down one side. I detached the sewing machine and bolted the sewing machine hole closed. It is soon getting a coat of paint for it's almost finished home in a our newly remodeled basement. :)

Allison said...

What a pretty table! I love that knob you chose and your flowers are beautiful with it. That looks nice in your home! I can see whay you are attached. Lovely table.

Mrs. Dew said...

LOVE the hardware on this piece! So cute and a little splash of color!

Kelly @ Much To Do With Nothing said...

This one is so pretty! I love that knob. I painted a sewing cabinet once and loved it so much, I'm constantly looking for another one. I'm useing it as a nitestand now. Here's a link if want you to see it.
I love all of your work and you're such an inspiration to all of us.

http://www.muchtodowithnothing.com/2010/01/goodwill-before-and-after.html

Kelly

The Wood Family said...

What a great piece and I love that it has kind of a hidden story. My mom still uses her sewing machine that lives in a table. They don't build them like they used to.

Linda said...

Wow I have kept the same table that held a sewing machine. I took it all apart and took off the extra top , took away the top with the hole in it for the machine and added the solid piece back on. It has become a cute table for using to hold supplies in my sewing roo. I also painted it white.

Y Mama said...

LOVE!! My mom has my great grandmothers sewing table! I covet that thing!!! It's in great shape and stained dark, so I would probably leave it, but there is something to be said for the simplicity of a real functioning piece of furniture. Thanks for all your post!

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

This is different than any other dewing table I've ever seen! So pretty, and actually delicate looking. Great job!

City.Cottage Shop said...

I have been buying those little sewing tables forever! All painted up they are cute and practical.
Looks lovely :)

Sarah said...

I really like this. The other day when I was at the thrift store I saw a antique sewing table that I almost purchased, but I need an actual working drawer for storage so I had to pass. :( I love yours, and the cute Anthropologie knob too!

.carolyn. said...

love this. great job! i did a similar project this spring to turn it into a little writing desk- and kept the ancient sewing machine inside, just in case :) cute and practical.

http://withabigsmile.blogspot.com/2010/04/really-lovely-distraction.html

Kacey said...

Very cute! I always bypass those cute little sewing tables because most of those I come across still have the machine inside...and I would feel bad breaking them up!

liz @ bon temps beignet said...

It's because they're the little delicate babies of the furniture world. It's just your motherly instinct.
; )

Preppy 101 said...

I have my grandmother's sewing machine - black steel in the wooden table. I may have to paint it! The drawer on hers is a working drawer with three tiny compartments. Darling! Thanks for sharing. xoxo

Lindy said...

I love sewing cabinets. I have two in my house now and I'm hoping to find a great one for a powder room redo I'm working on. They come in great shapes and I love the height -- perfect for so many spots in the house.

Angela Bain said...

Super cute!! I am looking for ideas on how to re-do mine. Thanks! :)

 
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