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Submitted by: Mariana Filippov

Sewing table makeover

Member of: Grillo Designs Home Decorating, Upcycling and DIY group

Sewing table makeover

Materials used:

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Annie Sloan Clear Wax

Polyvine Wax Finish Varnish

General Finish Java Gel Stain

How I made it:

This piece was really beat up and sat outside for a while. The varnish was pealing off, so I started by giving it a good sanding and re-fastening all lose nails and screws. The top panel was cracked and coming off, so I removed the whole top and re-drilled and attached the top back.

Sewing table makeover

The whole piece was cleaned with vinegar and let to dry. Once dry, the side inserts were stained with General Finish Java gel stain on the inside  only.

Sewing table makeover

Edges and legs were painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Barcelona. Annie Sloan Clear wax was applied to the orange spots. The whole piece was then painted with two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Aubusson Blue.

Sewing table makeover

While the second coat was still wet, some spots were painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Florence to give some highlights. I put some Florence and Aubusson in a paper plate and dabbed my brush in each color and applied to the wood. If a spot was too light, I added the blue, if it was not light enough, I added some more Florence. As you dab and mix the colors, it creates a nice contrast. For this one, I added the Florence to the edges and to where the side panels meet, keeping the center darker and the sides lighter. Repeat the process for each drawer.

Sewing table makeover

Once dried, the piece was wet distressed using baby wipes. I like using the wipes because it doesn’t create dust and the distress is more natural. I paid special attention to the areas where the Barcelona orange was done, letting it come through the blue.

Sewing table makeover

The piece was waxed with Annie Sloan clear wax and the side panels were varnished with Polyvine Wax Finish Satin and Dead Flat, mixed 50/50. New knobs were put in and this adorable table was ready.


Sewing table makeover

I hope you enjoy it and don’t be afraid of playing with colors! You can see more of my work by visiting Second Chance Furniture. 

Mariana Filippov

I started re-finishing furniture in 2013 as a hobby and to dress up my own findings. So many beautiful furniture pieces end up being trashed when it could have been brought to life. I started my business “Second Chance Furniture” to give those pieces a second chance. I enjoy working with wood and trying different colors and techniques. I specialize in Chalk Paint and Gel stains. Thank you for checking my project!

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