It used to be that when I went on vacation I bought myself a little something – clothes, jewelry, a bag – to remember the trip by. Well, this summer I found myself nosing around the antique and junk shops instead. I found a few unique things including this fold up sewing table. For $30, it was a STEAL!
My husband was wondering how I was going to get it home in an already packed car. (and, of course, where was I going to put it once I got home???) But I took care of both those issues. All folded up it easily fit in the back of the car under the suitcases.
And at home? It will slide under a bed for storage purposes. (At least until I get my craft room up and running!)
This table is circa 1920s based on my research. I didn’t want to do TOO much to it. Someone had attempted to paint the legs at some point. I did my usual lead paint test before I sanded it. (I still wore a mask.) I took the whole thing apart and painted just the legs with black spray paint.
I love the top so much! All the wear and tear just makes me think of the many people who have used it to do projects! I really didn’t want to do anything to compromise the ruler either.
Here it is before:
I did a little sanding (avoiding the ruler) and put on two coats of Helmsman (following the instructions). I love the way the ruler ended up being darker and now the top will be durable for my projects without ruining anything that happened before.
I can’t wait to use it!