Sewing Machine Desk

Happy Thursday everyone.  I am so happy to be working on furniture again.  Lots of furniture!  I have recently had a few consults for custom work  and I feel like I am back in business again.  For so long I wouldn’t take on custom work because I a) had a belly in the way b) was afraid I would go into labor and not be able to finish or c) had a tiny human to take care of and couldn’t give a reasonable time frame to a customer.  It’s not like I feel like I have it altogether by a long stretch but I am starting to feel like a real person again after being the “preggo chick” or the “zombie who just had a baby” for so long.

So on to the furniture!  This week I have a sweet sewing machine table that long ago lost it’s sewing machine.  When I found it, it was really sad and covered in white paint.  There were weird circles all over the top and the (bad) paint job had not gotten better with age and wear.  This picture really doesn’t capture it.

KSD sewing machine desk before

The top part would have originally flipped over so you could access the sewing machine inside.  It’s similar to the one my mom had while I was growing up (that she still has) that was my great grandmother’s.  Since there was no machine, the lid had been secured down.  This makes it much more secure since there will be no wiggling of the top part as you write.

I found this after TB had brought home my birthday present last summer of the wonderful antiques sewing machine and I had done a lot of research on how to restore them.  Incidentally, I did a lot of research but haven’t even started on my own but I thought I would give this one a shot.  I tried to strip and sand the paint off to see if I could get it back to the wood and restain but it was a no go.  There was too much paint into the grain (and not in a lovely cerused way).  So paint it was.

I have had this sitting for awhile waiting for inspiration to strike.  Then I realized that with its clear lines it would look lovely in black.  I used CeCe Caldwell’s Beckeley Coal and did a wax finish.  The wax finish is really starting to grow on me with that warm look.    For a little fun I painted the underneath in a gray from SafeCoat.  I left the hole for the old cord partly as a nod to nostalgia and partly for use with a laptop cord.

Here it is with its makeover:

KSD sewing machine desk 2

KSD sewing machine desk 1

And wouldn’t you know that Vintage Folding Chair goes perfectly with this?  I have been searching for a small chair that would fit when pushed underneath and it was sitting next to it all along! They are listed separately but I hope they go home with someone together!  They would be great for someone in a small space.  The chair could be folded up and the desk could be used as a bar or for serving space.  Or as a vanity!  Head to the shop to check it out.

KSD sewing machine desk 4



Linking up at:

Redoux Interiors

My Repurposed Life

Jennifer Rizzo

Miss Mustard Seed


  1. Patti

    What a neat way to revive an old piece and give it a new purpose.
    Gorgeous with the chair! Thanks for sharing it with us at Ivy and Elephants.

    1. The Ridiculous Redhead (Post author)

      Thank you Patti!

  2. Shanice

    Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream’s City of Links on Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week 🙂


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