If you don’t like people painting wood, or redoing an antique singer sewing machine, just walk away now. I understand how people feel about such things, but I’m in the business of repurposing furniture. Today’s project will show you how to transform a vintage singer sewing machine into a very versatile makeup vanity, jewelry organizer, desk, or side table.
Last year, I spoke about a great find on a sewing machine at a local Vendor’s Village. Someone with a big heart decided to surprise me, but actually was lead to the wrong machine – therefore they paid a LOT more for this machine than I would have. A whopping $25.
There are a lot of ways to repurpose sewing machines. I’ve already made 2 projects from one machine years ago.
I was looking for something different this time.
Basically, I began removing all of the hardware, starting from the underneath side.
I removed the top portion (lid) that was hinged. After removing the screws from the bottom, I was able to pry up the rim that the lid was connected to. I was left with the chassis and the drawer frame.
I got busy making a box or a tray to fit inside the opening of the original top. I made the box using scrap 1x’s and my Kreg Jig . Because the box was so small, my drill wouldn’t fit, I had to use my Ryobi Right Angle Drill .
I used some underlayment for the bottom of the tray. You can see I drilled pocket holes to hold the tray in place.
Note: I used my Jig Saw to make the opening more of a square. Scroll up to see how the opening look originally. In addition, I had to add a small piece of trim in the front. I was unable to fit the front of the box/tray too near the front because I wanted to make sure the little drop down front was still operational.
At that point there were only 4 large screws holding the two pieces together. I separated them so I could spray paint the metal chassis.
After a thorough cleaning, and before Krylon Dual spray paint.
I used Krylon Dual spray paint starting with the machine upside down to get full coverage of all the nooks and crannies.
If you follow me on Facebook, or IG you may have seen this picture. Now does it make more sense? You can see the large rectangle was where the lid was, while the four small rectangles were the sewing machine drawers.
Now it was time to reconnect the chassis to the wooden frame with those four big screws.
I had to use an extra long screwdriver to reach the screws.
I opted not to paint the inside of the drawers.
I felt the drawers were a little plain, so I decided to do some textured stenciling. I first read about it here. Sausha recommends using vinyl spackling, but I only had drywall mud, so that’s what I used. I would definitely suggest you plan ahead and pick up the vinyl spackling so it will last longer.
I began by removing the knobs (to be replaced with glass knobs)
I searched my stash of stencils and found the perfect one for this project! I don’t really have many suggestions on how to do this, so follow the link above from Sweet Pickins.
I also did a raised stencil on the front little drawer. After the spackling dried I did a light sanding to get off the bumps and thicker places.
I painted a pretty turquoise inside the tray and the fold out drawer.
I bought a mirror at the craft store, and some mirror clips at Home Depot. I attached the mirror to the inside of the hinged lid.
D. Lawless Hardware sent me some 1 inch glass knobs for this project, and they were perfect! The screws were too long though, so I clamped them and cut them with a hacksaw. I had to drill a hole in the drawer as the old knobs were just pegs.
Here is a close-up of the glass knobs from D. Lawless Hardware.
I did some light distressing due to the fact that it’s so old, and it didn’t look good crisp.
This was a fun project, and I’m happy with how it turned out. I think it will make a great vanity, makeup table, desk, entry table, or jewelry organizer.
How would you use it?
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