WARNING! …if you don’t like painted wood, don’t read any further! There, I warned you.
This piece started out as a 1935 era Singer sewing machine, which belonged to my paternal great-grandma. I remember making Christmas stockings on it when I was in grade school, in the early 1970’s.
When my great-grandma passed away, my Mamaw inherited it, and around 20 years ago…I inherited it!
My great-grandma and Mamaw. circa 1941
The cabinet looks in good shape and all in the above picture, but let’s take a closer look…
At some point, the flip lid had been wet and the wood warped and mildewed. Mamaw had covered it with contact paper and this is what it looked like when I took the paper off. Yuck!
I’m not sure what this was, (and I don’t think I want to know) but it was not having any part of coming off!
And this was just years of wear & tear, dirt, and who knows what all!
After three hours of removing screws and hardware, I ended up with this.
Since the top was pretty much a goner, Mr. cut a new top, I sanded it, and put a dark stain on it. (pretend you don’t see a baggie on my hand! We ran out of gloves!)
We set up a painting area in the garage for me to spray paint the metal frame. I’m not sure how well everyone else can spray paint, but it’s like a fog storm when I spray paint!! I then put a coat of primer and two coats of Behr Youthful Coral on the drawer boxes and drawers. You might remember that we used this same color in “The Closet Under the Staircase”. You can read about that makeover here, here, and here.
I painted the side of the drawers white so they would look pretty when pulled out. And the ornate work on the sides of the frame really popped once we painted them white!
My entryway has been bare and boring since we moved in 2 1/2 years ago. But no more!
And of course, we always have to have that before and after shot!
I’m super thrilled with the finished product and with my entryway all together! Instead of just being pushed into a corner and gathering dust, I’m able to use my desk everyday and enjoy the memories of where it came from!
Y’all have a great day!