Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Typewriter Table Makeover

      Some of you may know I recently took up sewing...not that I'm saying I'm a "sew pro"..but I'm learning. Also..some of you may know that I have had a really nice sewing machine for 3 years and never knew how to really use it...Oh I played around with it numerous times but I never really got the hang of it..until I started watching some videos on You Tube and finally figured out some of the basics...

      I however did not have anywhere to set up a sewing station for myself...when I was talking to my mom about it she mentioned getting a "typewriter table"..I had no clue what that was so I did some research and stumbled upon glorious photos like this...

       I needed one...and when I want something..I usually figure out a way to get it or make it. But with the ones I was finding via Etsy or Ebay with a price tag of $200 and up I couldn't swing that. I was determined however and found one on craigslist for $25!!!! My kind of deal! I'm a little leary of craiglist...for obvious reasons (but also because my husband got a giant piano on there when we first got married without even going to see it...and then had it delivered to our house...no joke..the thing was like 6 feet tall...rusted..and totally broken....so in turn he had to pay someone to come haul it away...HAHA!..I can laugh about it now..but I was crying when I saw it)

     Anyways...the guy selling it was going to be at a vintage market right around the corner from where I worked so I felt a bit better about picking it up..He was nice and the table was just the same as the picture that was in the ad.

So...it looked a bit shabby but I knew I could make it chic! I pretty much stick to these 4 colors in my craft room/office -

     The paint I chose:

      My computer desk was already a shade of turquoise so I opted for this little table to be pink! I was originally going to distress it but I decided against that...so that is why I originally chose this paint and for the fact that I have never bought chalk paint...(I have however made it...and I don't feel like there is a huge difference between it and FLAT paint..I still had to prime the piece of furniture..)

    I started by spray painting the inside crevices...it would have been difficult to use this paint in the areas..I just chose a flat off white spray paint. These areas aren't super visible and blend right in.

(SIDE NOTE: Do NOT try to paint in your garage when its -45 degrees out..the paint turns to a dusty chalky mess that I had to wipe off and start over..inside)

    I threw a tarp down and finished this precious table in my office...after 3 coats I was good to go..I wiped finishing wax all over so I wouldn't scratch it up and then let it dry overnight.
Image via web search

(I scored this awesome chair from the 50's at the vintage market that I got the table from....what a good day!)

Have you ever used chalk paint? 


  1. you are so crafty I can't stand it!

    1. stop trying to make fetch happen.....

  2. I LOVE this! I told you this already, but it really did turn out super cute! I have one of these for sale (unfinished) in my Antique Shop if anyone is feeling crafty like Kelly and wants to buy it! It is currently an army green, which I kind of like, but can be repainted!

  3. Oh my gosh! This is so cute! I should attempt to do this for my mom... she'd love this for her sewing! Oh how'd you like the chalk paint? I so would love to do that! ♥

  4. Oh my! I remember those! Very cute!

  5. Sew gorgeous! I love that typewriter table. So vintage chic..... Looks like it's perfect for your sewing machine..... :)
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  6. Looks so good!! Love love!! and just a side note….don't paint in your garage with it's 104 outside either. That doesn't work well. The paint will basically never dry. LOL!

  7. I love it in pink! What a perfect idea for a sewing machine table. Best of luck on the sewing...you CAN do it! It is such a great skill to have. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week! ~Deborah

  8. Pink was the perfect choice, and I think it's adorable!!! The chair just sets it off all the more... great job. I have been making my own chalk paint. My preferred recipe is with calcium carbonate. As much as I love AS, I can only buy it once in awhile. Your blog is is very lovely.