Antique Sewing Machine Table into Rustic Side Table

It’s no secret that I love antique sewing machine tables, especially when I can get a great deal on one.    The best way to get one reasonably priced is to look for ones that are damaged. I’ve gotten three of them (so far).  All of them had non-working sewing machines, 2 had missing or damaged drawers and one had a very damaged top.  Today’s project involves the one with the damaged top.
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I showed it to you several years ago, when we were building a new wall between our kitchen an living room.  I used a piece of wood to cover the hole left  from removing the machine, and painted it all white.  I didn’t even attach the wood – just set it there.  I loved it, but I’ve never found the perfect spot to use it, so it juts keeps getting shifted from place to place.  I decided it was time to stop moving it all around our home, and just do something else with it instead.
My husband disassembled the whole thing, so I could use some of the parts for other projects – I ‘ll be showing one of them to you tomorrow.  I listed the beautiful wheel in my shop  here and will be listing the foot petal later, and that left the two legs to work with.
I thought about turning it into another wall bin, but I didn’t have any more old bread pans to use.  I could also envision using those holes in the legs becoming some kind of wine bottle rack, but we rarely drink wine, and in the event it didn’t sell, I didn’t want to be stuck with something we wouldn’t use, so I brainstormed some more, and decided to just refashion it as another style of table.
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We found this wood in our barn, left behind by the previous owners.  It is beautifully aged, and I love the old nail holes in it.  My husband cut one long plank in half, and bolted it  to the table legs.
Antique Sewing Machine Table into Rustic Wooden Side Table via
If it doesn’t sell, I won’t be upset, because I am in love with the look of the rustic wood paired with the iron legs, and I’ll make room for it somewhere.
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 It was an easy project (said by the woman who had her husband do it).
Antique Sewing Machine Table into Rustic Side Table via

You can see more of my sewing machine table salvage projects herehere, here and here.



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  1. Angie … really made a real cute rustic table. Does it have or need any support between the legs? I have a pair machine legs and want to make a table but do not know what to use between the legs to make a sturdy table. I was thinking a metal rod of some sort or maybe a narrow shelf. You are so creative and so many good ideas. Good that you have a reliable helper.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  2. I love that idea Angie! We have two old treadle sewing machines that I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with. Hard to part with because they’re from the family, and they’re too good to take apart. But I’ll keep an eye out for one that might work for a side table. Good for you! (And the hubs) 🙂

  3. LOVE the rustic wood on top…great idea!!

  4. Angie I love the disassembled sewing table, usually everyone uses the whole piece but I love this look, gives it an industrial flair. Can’t wait to see what you do with the leftover parts!

  5. I love the look and the legs are great!

  6. The legs are really decorative! Love it!

  7. I love this! Stunning

  8. This is just awesome! You really a great job, so clever!

  9. Wow this looks great! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

  10. Those gorgeous legs look amazing on your new/old side table. Thanks for sharing at Shabbilicious Friday. I’m delighted to be featuring it at tomorrow’s party.

  11. Hi
    You’re right – so many great sites to check out! I can’t wait to look up some that you mentioned!

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