It’s Called Using What You’ve Got

Happy New Year everyone! I didn’t work too much over the Christmas holiday, but I did get this easy project done… and while I realize that most people may not have two vintage Singer sewing machine bases on hand, we did… actually I only had one, but I found an exact match at an auction and snatched it up in order to do this project!

We (really me) wanted to make a table for the kids playroom… I had just bought a low vintage chest that I’m repurposing as a window seat (with storage!) and I wanted a table to sit in front of it for the kids to play with their houses etc.… They love building towns and frequently have their “towns” setup all over the floor and will play with them for days!

This is the story of the build… (it TOTALLY looks like SAH is doing all of the work in these pictures, but he’s not… someone has to take the pictures right?)

We used 3 6×10 pine planks and lined them up on a flat surface.

We attached the planks together with 3 pieces of 1×2’s using 2 wood screws in each plank. We drilled pilot holes prior to screwing… very important or else the wood can split!

We left a gap between each plank, using a paint stir stick as a template, very hi tech!

We sanded the top and sides of the planks with 150 grit sandpaper and took all of the pieces to the playroom to assemble. We attached the top to the bases with wood screws and set the table in place.

I stained the top of the table in place, I REALLY should have stained the planks first because I had to use a teeny tiny brush to get the stain in between the planks… I will remember this for next time! The stain is “Kona” and I only applied one coat as it is a very dark color.

I’m so glad I had all of this help Sarcastic smile

I knew I wanted to do something else with the top and this is what I came up with… The stencil shape just happens to mimic the shapes in the sewing table bases…


I used the same used the Moorish Trellis Stencil from Royal Design Studio I used on the stenciled bookcase transformation and some Benjamin Moore paint I had color matched to Provence ASCP… just a quick roll with the sponge roller, seriously it took maybe 10 minutes to do…


After the paint dried I applied a coat of Briwax Dark Wax to the surface which toned down the blue and gave it an aged appearance, it also added a beautiful richness to the finish…


After the dark wax had dried I applied a coat of Annie Sloan clear wax, making sure to rub it in really good. The next day I came back with some 0000 steel wool and buffed it… what a gorgeous sheen!


This is the perfect place for the kids to sit and play now! They can play board games or setup their LPS houses or whatever! My oldest daughter doesn’t understand why we went through the “trouble” of making this table look nice as she is certain the kids will “mess it up” but I have some faith… Thinking smile

Anyway here is the breakdown of the costs & time in case you are interested:

Sewing table bases: $24 for both (what!, I know…)

Wood: $44

Total = $68

Total time = 2 hrs.

I think that’s pretty awesome for a one of a kind table that is custom made for the space!


I’m super excited and I hope the kids will enjoy using the table! I’m also hoping that the extra storage added with the bench will help the playroom stay more organized but I’m not holding my breath! I still need to make a bench cushion, but I tend to procrastinate when it comes to sewing projects so it may be a while before I get to it…

What do you think… is the table just too nice for the playroom?

As always thanks for stopping by!

Until next time…

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About Susan @ Uniquely Yours or Mine

Hi, my name is Susan and I’m a furniture hoarder… whew, now that I have said that I feel so much better! Anyway, I started this whole furniture refinishing and blogging business in 2011 and I have LOVED every minute of it! It’s not “easy” by any means but it allows me to utilize my creative side and meet lots of wonderful people… it is seriously my dream occupation! I have been refinishing furniture for myself for over 20 years but never gave any thought to doing this for others until my kids had gotten to the point that they didn’t need me as much… sad but true! So now I’m a stay at home mom and wife who has decided that fixing up and painting furniture is so much more rewarding than vacuuming and grocery shopping… my house is never quite as clean as I would like for it to be and there is furniture everywhere… but I couldn’t be happier! I hope you can come along on this journey with me!

Posted on January 1, 2013, in Furniture and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 49 Comments.

  1. I love it and it’s on my to do list!


  2. WOW! What an awesome table. Not too nice for the kiddo’s. Great idea.


  3. What a great idea to use two bases, and the stencil is perfect!


  4. Beautiful and practical! Love it. I so enjoy your posts. Happy New Year!


  5. Thist turned out beautifully. Happy New Year.



  6. Your work is always so amazing! Love the stenciling!


  7. totally unique and unsable


  8. Susan, love the table, I can see so many uses for this table, I’m afraid the children would have to share. Love it, great idea! Happy New Year to You!
    of The French Hen’s Nest


  9. Mawsiepaws, Melbourne Australia

    Never too early to teach your kids they deserve nice stuff that can be used every day! What a great job you have done, simple, beautiful and functional.


  10. Fabulous – it would also be a terrific cutting table for my sewing room. :) You did an awesome job, and the kids are very lucky.


  11. Stunning! Love it and love that the stencil mimics the base. I’m not sure I’d want to share it with my kids!!


  12. Awesome table! I would have never thought to do that! Very crafty!


  13. Wow, I love this!! What a great use for those old sewing machine stands. I’ve never seen this done with one on each end. Love what you did to the top too:-)


  14. gorgeous table- unfortunately my kids would have it destroyed if I placed it in their play room. Good luck in your’s.


  15. What a great idea, your table looks gorgeous.


  16. I love the bases. I have thought of doing that before, just haven’t had the need yet. BTW, did you know you can use the Briwax straight on the wood and it will stain it beautifully. I’ve never used it on a pine plank, but on two different pieces of furniture – one of which I used a dark stain then the Briwax for wax and the other I just sanded and used the Briwax straight on the wood – it worked identically. The depth of color was just as good on the Briwax only piece. I LOVE BRIWAX!!!


  17. I am soooo glad to have found your post! I have the two bases/legs but keep wondering how I’m going to make the table, and here it is!! Thanks so much! Yours turned out beautifully! ~Zuni


  18. That is awesome! I think I’m going to have to make something similar for my craft table!


  19. Well, Good Lord!! That is fantastic!! You never cease to amaze me. Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


  20. Amazing, I love it. What a creative idea. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty


  21. What a great project! I have one of those treadle machines in my basement – now to find a match! I would love for you to come link up at my weekly linky party Thrifty to Nifty Thursdays at A Jennuine Life. I’m working with a couple of bigger bloggers to feature great projects, so I’m hoping to bring fabulous exposure for participants!


  22. WOW – this turned out simply gorgeous – love the stencilling – great great job!


  23. Susan, you will be one of the features at Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you again at the bash…once I get the post live. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


  24. Love your site. I too used my bases for a kitchen table. However I made mine 4′ 1/2” long, put piano hinges on the sides with another 10” plank on each side. This did away with having to have a table to put leafs in, it fits 6 chairs. Painted lace runner down the center. hubby had no idea when I started, but loves it now.


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