Deer hunters gut deer. House flippers gut homes. Junk By Jenny guts sewing tables. Quite honestly, I’ve always been apprehensive to tackle the vintage sewing tables hidden out there. It wasn’t the gut job that scared me. The fact of the matter is…these buggers are heavy! This mid-century modern styled sewing desk was well worth the rescue when pulled from a local clothing store going out of business. Lucky for me, next-door-neighbor Carrie showed up at the most opportune time to help hoist this one of out of a local basement.
Dismantling Tools (Hammer, Pry Bar, Drill, Etc)
Sander & Sand Paper
Metal Sheet (11×14)
Before | After
My junking sidekick and I took to the dismantling tools to gut this sewing table. Perhaps the most important tool used was some good ‘ol elbow grease, as the dismantle was grueling.
I thought the gut job was complete, until I realized the motor had to go to truly gut it down to the bare bones.
Sanding was a must. The sunshine and unusually warm March day meant for outside sanding.
I was excited to use my new favorite distressing technique with black paint. Using a sanding block, I lightly sanded the surfaces, with more aggressive sanding on the edges. This brought out the natural wood grains and chippy look well. I was pleased with the overlay of dark stain. The poly finish not only sealed the paint/stain combo, but gave the desk such a smooth finish. I kept the dirty gold handles original to the desk.
With the gut job and painting complete, my next phase of the upcycle was to determine what to do with the gaping hole inside the desk. I considered dropping a metal basket in, completely covering with a wood piece, or leaving the hole as is. I decided to use a metal sheet, adhered with clear silicone. Much to my surprise, the sheeting was sturdy, not flimsy.
This compact desk hinges open to a nice work space. It could be the perfect addition to a small home office or craft space. The drawers provide ample storage as well. Perhaps it will even go back to it’s roots, as a sewing table once again.