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Monday, March 7, 2016

Repurposing a Sewing Machine Desk

It's been a while since I brought home this sewing machine desk.  It was given to me free and to be honest, at first I didn't want it.  I felt like I should use the sewing machine, then I felt like I'd never get around to using the sewing machine, then I thought I'd never get around to doing anything with the desk because the sewing machine was taunting me.  Needless to say, I was a little bit in my head over the whole thing.

Finally, one day I said screw it, I'm going to fire up that sewing machine.  So I opened the lid to the desk, and lifted up the machine.  It was then that I noticed it didn't have a foot feed.  I kinda rejoiced.  Missing that piece gave me permission (in my mind) to get rid of the machine and just re purpose the desk.

So I unscrewed the machine from the desk and hauled it to Goodwill.  Not before my Mom told me I could pick up a new foot feed at most sewing machine stores.  I pretended not to hear that (*mind was made up*).

Once free of the machine, the desk took on new life.  I painted it in Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint (Shutter Gray)and left the top of the table as is.

I love how the paint brings out the basket weave on the front faux drawer.

I sanded it in a few places to give it the chippy look.  The pulls on it were beautiful so I added them back.

Now, what to do with the hole in the top?  I really didn't have a plan for that so the desk sat as is for several months.  Then Jeff brought home a drawer he found free on the sidewalk.  It was a little long to fit in the empty hole so we cut a few inches off it.

I attached the drawer to the desk with steel angle brackets similar to these:

Now when you open the top, you have a little drawer to hold writing supplies or whatever!

I lined the drawers with contact paper for a finished, clean look.
As a bonus, the chair I reupholstered works perfectly with the desk!


  1. Yay! Glad to see this went to the perfect home. It looks wonderful!

    1. Thanks Holly! Right now my son uses it as a second desk.


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