I inherited a sewing machine from my old friend, Barbara.
The machine belonged to her mother, so I knew it was ancient. Turns out it was made in 1926 and the machine alone sold for about $60.00. That doesn't seem like much until you consider the wages back in the day - the machine would have cost a few months' wages. For frugal Yankees, this was not an impulse purchase.
Here it is in its former state - a lovely table that needed a bit of TLC. The veneer on the top had split and some was missing , and the metal base was rusted in spots. But the drawers were gorgeous, the metal base all intact and the top salvageable.
I was able to pry off most of the peeling veneer. The rest of the veneer was in reasonable shape - a few patches with wood filler smoothed out where I had chipped off some of the loose stuff.
The metal base was in good shape - a few rusty spots that cleaned up well with a stiff metal brush. I sprayed it with charcoal gray paint - love the dark gray , almost black color that is sort-of, but not too shiny.
Considering that a sewing machine wasn't made as a family heirloom but as a functional machine for home sewers, the craftsmanship is amazing - all kinds of decorative details.
I experimented with the top. I wanted a matte, chalky finish but didn't want to spring for chalk paint. I have used Annie Sloan chalk paint and liked it, but not sure it was worth the cost. Since this was a small project, I used a flat white paint and finished it withe Minwax. Honestly, I can't tell the difference in this knock-off chalk finish and the real deal.
A bit of sanding to add some distressing and done.
Decorative detail on the sides of the table.
The drawers are beautiful ! I had planned to paint them, but couldn't bear to cover up all that detail. I did have to refinish them because the liquid sander I used to clean them up bubbled the old varnish. Then I had to strip off the bubbly mess and of course the color came with it. Some new stain and wax brought them back to life.