Hello friends...happy to see you again.
A Big HELLO
to all my new readers...welcome!
So here is my antique Singer sewing table, minus the working machine.
I bought this from a co-worker back in the 70's, when I lived in Houston.
Back then I paid $70.00 for it and it has been used as a sofa/end table ever since.
My boys would play with the treadle when they were young.
For the life of me I could not find an upright photo of my table.
So forget the fact that it is lying on it's back and pretend it is upright...
Come on ..use your imagination...
I have dreaded all the prep work I would have had to do to transform my sewing table into something more in tune with my current decorating style.
Until now.....you know what I am going to say, don't you...
May I introduce:
Mademoiselle Coco Chanel
I thought it fitting to name her after the great Coco, since she preferred hand stitching and this is missing the machine.
I first gave her a coat of Old White
The edges and drawers I painted in Paris Grey.
I wanted to introduce more color, so I painted the side slates with Arles which I lightened with some Old White.
When my table was dry, I distressed it and applied a coat of clear wax.
|After lot's of buffing my right arm looks like Popeye's!|
The next day, I buffed and applied another coat of clear wax and accented with some dark wax.
I love how the clear wax will lift off the dark, so if you apply too much you can easily correct it.
I left more dark around the hinges and corners.
I love how the Old White shows through the Paris Grey along the distressed edges.
It gives the look of a table that has been painted more than once during it's many years .
I followed Miss Mustard Seed and Shaunna's advice and distressed deeper around the keyhole and the knobs.
Don't you just love that dress in the background?
It is a Laura Ashley from England, 100% soft, flowy cotton with boning in the bodice.
I found it at a local thrift shop for $5.50.
It has such gorgeous ruching, but it is very small.
I don't know anyone it will fit, but I had to have it.
Really love the beautiful sheen from the wax.
I know...you are thinking to your self.."she is going to go on and on about how wonderfully chalk paint distresses".
No, I'm not
Thought you might like to see the inside.
So that's been my latest project.
I hope you like Coco, she was fun to work on.
She looks happier, don't you think?
Until next time...be kind and stay creative.
A little sneak peek at my next project.
Be sure to come back for the complete reveal!
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