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Mar 22, 2013


I started off with this old sewing machine, below, I won at an auction for only $5. 
I knew I could do something with it.

I had already removed the top piece by the hinges when I remembered to snap a "before" pic. 
I did plug up that sewing machine, and as old as it is, it still worked perfect.
 I tried it out before I did anything and almost kept it because it worked so good. 
But I have a few of these and room is running short.

But to make it lighter and easier to move around, I asked my husband to remove it. Which turned out to only be about six screws and two hinges. I kept it though!

I had a new cabinet door put up that I won from a previous auction, for a $1.50, I think. 
A door in which I had no idea what to do with yet. 
That is, until I got this old sewing machine.
The door is the same on both sides. And I thought that it would make a great top for my sewing machine table. And it did.
Then, as you can see above, the door/table top is a way darker brown than the bottom of the table/old sewing machine. 

So, I opened up a can of flat black, oil based paint, from Walmart. And I grabbed an old cloth rag and started smearing it on, little by little. 

I didn't want to completely paint it black. Just wanted to make it a streaky, darker color. To better match the top.

I did one coat of streaking. Let that dry. And then I added another slightly streaking coat. Then I was happy with it. And this is how it turned out:

Here's one more look at it 
And here's the final look at it 

I priced it for $29.99 and it sold the first week that it was in my Booth #555 at the Morehead Peddlers Mall.

I had a total of $6.50 in it plus the painting. 
So I think that made for a good enough profit. 

Thanks to whoever loved it enough to grab it up so fast!

~Happy Crafting Ya'll!


  1. You did an awesome job! I think $30 was a steal of a price for that too!

  2. Hi Nona! Thanks so much! When I redo an item, it really is kinda hard to figure a price. But I just kinda go with what I'd actually pay for it, if i saw it out. lol. Thanks again!

  3. You did one fine job. It looks lovely.

  4. How wonderful, I'm so envious of your talents as I'd love to be able to have an eye for this sort of thing.

    1. Hi Petty!
      Not sure how your comment slipped by but I just found it!
      Thank you so much!
      I just try to look for things with basically "good bones." lol And then paint and stencils kind of do the rest. It's fun!
      Thanks again for stopping by and commenting!


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