Chica and Jo
...simplifying life
Chica and Jo
...simplifying life
Chica and Jo
3
MAY
2017

Turn a sewing table into a bar cart

by: Chica

Turn a sewing table into a bar cart
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A while back, my parents were going to throw out Mom’s old, vintage sewing table. The sewing machine hadn’t worked in ages, and the table really needed some TLC. I stopped them immediately, because I knew I could refurbish it and breathe some new life into it!

Turn a vintage sewing table into a bar cart

My favorite part about this table is that the sewing machine is mounted on hinges and folds down into the table. So clever!

Turn a vintage sewing table into a bar cart

Then the tabletop just folds over to create a charming little table that you can’t even tell contains a sewing machine.

Turn a vintage sewing table into a bar cart

But I didn’t need a sewing machine table. What I needed was a bar cart, and I knew this would be the perfect piece of furniture to start with.

Dad was really intrigued by this restoration project, and helped me with the construction aspects. After removing the sewing machine and extra hardware, we squared off the hole and made it just a little smaller than a steam table pan. Then we mounted some rails underneath to hold the pan, and converted the side of the table into a swinging door for easy access.

Turn a vintage sewing table into a bar cart

The steam table pan would be great for holding iced beverages, but I knew that sometimes I would want to use the table for serving food, so I wanted a flat surface. We cut a piece of clear pine to size, making a removable cutting board that could be cleaned easily.

Turn a vintage sewing table into a bar cart

We also added a shelf to the bottom, for extra storage and to stabilize the whole thing.

Turn a vintage sewing table into a bar cart

Then Jo and I painted it with Chalky Finish paint in Relic, first using a small brush to get into the grooves.

Turn a vintage sewing table into a bar cart

We used a larger brush on the rest of the surfaces, then a foam paint roller on the top. We sealed it all up with Americana Decor Light Satin Varnish and let it dry throughly.

Turn a vintage sewing table into a bar cart

For the tabletop surface of the bar, I wanted to do something really unexpected and fun. So we went with a retro sci-fi theme! We used large copies of a Robby Robot / Forbidden Planet movie poster and decoupaged them to the surface. Since this table will undoubtedly have liquids spilled on it, I went with Outdoor Decou-Page to provide some water resistance.

Turn a vintage sewing table into a bar cart

Oh my goodness, look at how cool it came out!

Turn a vintage sewing table into a bar cart

When we did the other side of the table, we just let the poster cover the hole entirely. Then after it had dried, we cut away the excess with a craft knife.

Turn a vintage sewing table into a bar cart

I mounted a wide drawer handle to the side door. I actually couldn’t find any towel racks that were small enough to work here, but this handle was the perfect size. The only problem was that it was silver! No worries — a couple coats of black multi-surface paint and it matched perfectly!

Turn a vintage sewing table into a bar cart

This handle works great to hold towels, or S-hooks from which to hang bar tools.

Turn a vintage sewing table into a bar cart

I am so thrilled at how this bar cart transformation came together. With everything in place, it’s such a fun addition to a party, and a real conversation piece!

Turn a vintage sewing table into a bar cart

The steam table pan is perfect for holding iced beverages.

Turn a vintage sewing table into a bar cart

And the cutting board is a great option for a flat serving surface.

Turn a vintage sewing table into a bar cart

The flip-open tabletop is great for holding special items… I just need to be sure not to put too much weight on it!

Turn a vintage sewing table into a bar cart

And the extra shelf on the bottom is great for holding bottles and glasses.

Turn a vintage sewing table into a bar cart

Turn a vintage sewing table into a bar cart

And when the party is over, the fun folds away for a clean and simple look.

Turn a vintage sewing table into a bar cart

Turn a sewing table into a bar cart
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2 comments so far:

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    Marilyn 05/03/2017 at 6:56 pm

    Brilliant idea.

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    Rachael Jess 05/04/2017 at 6:22 am

    Oh my days!!! I love this, well I know what I’m doing next time one of these pop up on my free up site!

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