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Sewing Table Now An Entry Table Remodel

23 November 2010

Sewing Table Now An Entry Table
contributed by Jessica at 
Running With Scissors

There is this little cubby behind our front door and I've been thinking of possible things to go there for a while, which was why I was excited when I found this guy:
Well this was an exciting project for me because it was so inexpensive.
Inside the table was all the hardware to hold a sewing machine, but no machine, which was probably why it was going for only $2.00
So I ripped all of that out and threw it away.

But on the swinging door of the table, there was the thread holding case.
Initially I was planning on taking that out as well, and nailing the door closed for good, but then a better idea popped in my head.

So I took it off, and snagged a cup cabinet handle from Lowes for $1.20 and painted them.
Primed first, then spray painted.
Then I sanded, primed and painted the cabinet and door. 
The paint is an ivory I bought from the OOPS shelf at Home Depot for $1.00
After 2 coats of the semi-gloss ivory paint, it was time to fasten on my hardware.
I measured the center horizontally and vertically.
I measured the distance between the screws on my handle, and drilled the holes.  After drilling the first one, I actually put the handle on the one side and swiveled it level, to check before drilling the second hole.  I had measured a little off, so it was a good thing I checked before.
Then I just screwed on the handle, put the door back on the cabinet along with the thread holder and...
Here she is!
Tucked behind our front door to hold our keys and purses.
I used Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint on the handle.  I really liked the end result with the handle on the door, I thought it did end up looking like a drawer,

but it opens and there go all the keys I'm constantly loosing.
The worst was last weekend after we'd loaded our moving truck and were getting ready to pull out to drive out of state to move, and I'd lost the keys to the car to follow him.  So we had to partially unload the truck to get the spare out of the dresser drawer.  That stunk, I hate loosing keys!

So the total run down:
$2.00 sewing table
$1.00 for 1 qt Oops paint
$1.20 for hardware
TOTAL: $4.20 for this whole table!!
(I already had the spray primer and paint, and the regular primer and sandpaper so I didn't count those)


Pam @ diy Design Fanatic November 23, 2010 at 6:31 PM  

Beautiful!!! I am looking for a cute sewing table or basket to hold jewelry for my youngest daughter! Your transformation is fantastic!

Ryan Kay November 23, 2010 at 6:42 PM  

I just stumbled across your blog and love it! What a beautiful entry table you made! LOVE IT! :)

Moe November 23, 2010 at 7:24 PM  

Holy cannolie! This is such a great project. I can not wait until I move into my new apartment after graduation. No more cookie cutter campus apartment furniture!

Love it!

Jill November 23, 2010 at 7:57 PM  

Oh my God! That's what I need in my entry way!!! And I have the sewing table (granted there's a sewing machine in it, but who's to say that I can't keep it in there when it's a perfectly good table?!). It would be much more accessible to use in the foyer than shoved in the back of a closet! LOVE this!! I could actually do this!

Jenny November 24, 2010 at 5:43 AM  

Very clever use of the spool holder, for keys! I have a sewing table that has a lamp on it in my living room.

Baye November 24, 2010 at 7:20 AM  

These cabinets are always in the Habitat ReStore. I love this idea for giving one new life!

Jessica November 28, 2010 at 1:29 PM  

Thanks for featuring this! We've loved having this, and I see so many sewing tables around lately in thrift stores.

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