Thursday, May 6, 2010

Old sewing Table to NEW Kitchen Island..


This is one of my favorite pieces of furniture in my house. I made it out of an old sewing machine table, purchased at the DI for $6.00. I did this project over five years ago, so I'm sorry that I didn't have pictures for the whole process.  I found this picture on the internet to give you an idea of the before.

BEFORE 


The one I bought didn't have the sewing machine in it.

So, first purchase your sewing table.
Then remove the old sewing machine, unless you can't see it. 
Next, paint it the color you'd like, and sand the edges. I didn't prime this time because I wanted it to chip away and look more worn over time. I used a semi-gloss Charcoal paint. 
Then, Drill holes at the bottom of the legs and screw in wheels. These wheels lock so that the table can stand still, and unlock for a moveable work surface ( I took them off of an old file cabinet I had lying around. ). 
Finally, attach bathroom hardware. I bought the cheap Mainstay set at Walmart. It came with knobs, hooks, and a towel bar.
Here is the final product!

AFTER





Here is one of my favorite things about the table. It has a secret compartment on top, where I store all of the sharp knifes in my house. Isn't it FAB?



If you don't have enough counter space in your kitchen, think twice before throwing out an old table or dresser. It might make the PERFECT kitchen Island! 






23 comments:

  1. Awesome idea! Thanks so much. I've seen a few sewing tables in my local GW stores and didn't give them a second look because I had no use for them. Now I have an idea! Thanks!

    Nancy

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  2. i have always love love loved this I'm glad you posted it.
    loves Ali

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  3. I think this is brillant. I see so many of these discarded at the junk stores and I always thought that they are such sturdy pieces of furniture that could be repurposed in some capacity. The knife department is awesome!!!

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  4. we had an old sewing machine like that growing up. my mom used it as a tv table (tvs were small back then). yours looks amazing!

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  5. I've just started doing refinishing projects, I love all the work you do. Thanks for sharing. I have yet to try distress ink, LOVE the look, I'm just afraid I'll mess it up. This project turned out great!

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  6. I LOVE this! The paint color is just perfect! My mom has one at my parents cottage that shes offered to me before; Im calling her right now to get it!:)My kitchen is really old and I literally have no counter space so this would be ideal!
    Sarah
    HandbagsnPigtails.blogspot.com

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  7. WONDERFUL idea! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity .... must go look for one of these :)

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  8. wow! it's great! very clever and creative.
    hopped over from sarah's handbags and pigtails.

    gail

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  9. This is totally great I love that you made it into an island that is so fun!!

    ~Morgan

    Meet Virginia!
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  10. Marvelous! I love it. Very pretty and creative. kisses

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  11. I love the island! It's extremely expensive to have that same piece of furniture put together by a cabinet company! I wonder what my customers would do if they knew you could do a piece on your own for $6!!! :)

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  12. This is a fabulous redo! And it is not too big and bulky with that great "hidden" compartment, excellent! I found you thru Handbags and Pigtails, who hearted my Etsy shop as one of her favorites. Long way around but I'm glad I found you. Great job!

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  13. LOVE it! What a great way to use these old cabinets.. I see them all the time and next time I will snag one up and try this.. I could use this in my kitchen! Thanks for Sharing!

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  14. This is GREAT! What a wonderful idea and like many others I have seen these around and just walk right by, now I'm on the hunt! Thanks for this great post.
    Be Blessed!

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  15. Well isn't this the best idea! I love it - especially the little knife section. :) I wish I had room for an island! What a great post.

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  16. i have my grammie's sewing table that i use as my night stand now, i painted and decoupaged it....i should post it on my blog!!! stacy

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  17. WOW, what a great idea!! I love to take old items and make something new out of it so thanks for sharing your creative idea! This is sooo much better that paying hundreds of dollars for a new island!

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  18. Very creative idea!! I love it!!!

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  19. That is so creative! I love how you used the little cubbies in the piece to your advantage. It's also the perfect size for your kitchen. Great work!

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  20. WOW!!! This is great..

    Thanks so much for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday. Please join me next week for another great party!

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  21. Very creative~! had to post about it over @
    www.UglythenPretty.com

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