Today I’m going to show you a very easy project with a repurposed Singer Sewing Machine. I went through a dry spell,not getting any sewing machines, then recently found myself with 3 of them. The first one I transformed into a makeup table vanity.
This was a freebie from a neighbor. I’ve never seen a Singer sewing machine or cabinet in such bad shape.
Dismantle the singer sewing machine cabinet
see? Even the machine was in pitiful shape! Someone had stripped the poor thing of her parts.
Clean the base of the repurposed Singer Sewing Machine
I got busy removing all the wooden parts, which was very simple. There are just four large screws that hold the Singer Treadle to the wooden cabinet. It was difficult to tell the shape that the base was in without cleaning it up. I used a degreaser called Krud Kutter. It really does all the work for you. Spray it on, wait a few minutes, then hose off the dirt. I did that twice.
After the base of the repurposed Singer Sewing Machine dried, I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to leave it in it’s original condition. It needed to be hit with a wire brush.
After I bought all of that wood from the Peddler’s Mall, I had to do some reorganization in the garage. I had a large plastic shelf holding all of my paint. I was unable to slide in the larger pieces of plywood because the shelf was in the way. So, I ordered this handy wire shelf off of Amazon. It’s not as wide or as deep, so it works perfectly.
You can see that I was unable to slide my wood in and out of my lumber storage bench in this BEFORE shot.
You can see that I have an issue with spray paint! Can one really have TOO much spray paint?
Spray paint the base of the sewing machine
I decided I should start using up some of that spray paint on some quick and easy projects! That last singer treadle was spray painted black. I wanted to do a fun color for this one. After all, it’s only paint! If it doesn’t sell, I can just repaint it.
I was originally going to use this table top that came off a pub table for the repurposed Singer Sewing Machine. But I wasn’t loving the colors together. I decided that the top needed to be darker.
I decided to use some of this fencing as a table top. Because I was sort of in a rush and didn’t take any pictures.
I used three fence boards cut to size, and used to smaller pieces to connect them all together. (see below) I wanted them to be black, but I didn’t really want to paint them so I used some Minwax Gel Stain (classic black)
Add reclaimed wood top
After the stain dried, I did a quick dry fit on the repurposed Singer Sewing Machine to see if I liked this better than the one above. I decided it works for now.
In this picture you can see that I made sure to space the brace boards to the correct distance of the base. I used the original screws from the Singer sewing machine to attach the top to the base by drilling pilot holes first.
This machine was missing one of the original casters. I order one off of Ebay. It was easy to put on, then I did some touch up spray painting.
Do you like the pop of color on the repurposed Singer Sewing Machine? Or do you think it’s too much?
I’m really glad I was able to find the extra caster online. I thought I was going to have to remove the other three. I’m still loving my chalk painted cage lamp.
If you’ve done a singer sewing table, please leave me the link in a comment below. I’d love to do a roundup sharing other ideas.