Friday, June 26, 2015


If only this was called Alphabe-Friday.  I'd be right on time!

This week we are studying the letter "F" as in FINALLY FINISHED!!!

In 2013 I began work on my mother's sewing table.  She said it had originally been her grandmother's.  It had always been pretty beat up, but got even worse in the move here.
My mother had it in the hallway and the mirror shown in this picture always hung above it for as long as I can remember.  As a child the little swing out drawer fascinated me.   My mother used to keep her thread on the little spindles.  The thread sold today does not fit on them.

I began work at the old house and then we got busy packing and moving.  (We've now lived here almost two years.)  Before the move I had it all sanded.  There was really no choice since the top had a deep scratch. 
I toyed with the idea of using chalk paint, but then decided with cats I needed to protect the finish.  Although I like the worn look I preferred a nice smooth finish for this piece.  Besides, I had a jar of sample paint in a shade of blue that I really liked.

I quickly took a few pictures of the finished table in my upstairs hallway.  They really don't accurately show the shade of blue.  It's a little washed out in these pictures.  I momentarily thought about lugging the table down the stairs and out into the yard for a photo in natural light, but it's so hot and humid out there today!  I also need to tell you that the rug is not dirty.  I think it's shadows.  After I uploaded these pictures I went back and checked just to be sure.

I had a piece of glass cut for the top.  Just an added piece of protection from the cats.  The finish on top looked so pretty and I knew I'd be heartbroken if a cat scratched it.  Only the first picture has the glass.  I took some without it.  I'd prefer not to have the glass, but I'd also prefer not to have the top ruined.
I used three coats of the blue paint and some stain on the top.  I no longer remember the color of the stain.  Then I added a rub on varnish for the top and two coats of Polycrylic finish to protect the paint.

I still have to finish the mirror.

I started the table in June of 2013 and finished it a couple of months ago.  It's FINALLY FINISHED!!!

Now head over and visit Ms. Jenny at Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent" for a list of this week's Alphabe-Thursday's participants.  Thanks for visiting.


  1. Betty beautiful refinishing work ~ what a treasure and a great post for F !

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  2. Beautiful. I love how it turned out! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I think it was worth the wait! Beautifully done, perfect color, love the swing-out drawer, and you're absolutely right about the glass!

  4. Haha you never give up! That is gorgeous - I enlarged it and you did a great job. I have some things here I need you to do. How nice to have your mother's piece in your home. Two years- not bad.

  5. Hi Betty, you did a beautiful job of finishing that sewing table. It is quite lovely. I am glad you finished it! Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for sharing.

  6. I absolutely LOVE what you did with the sewing cabinet. The blue color is fabulous. Great job!

  7. Anonymous9:41 PM

    Wow, you have so many Ginny's! Looking at your sidebar ; awesom that your son has been cancer free for more than 2 years:):) Have a happy Fourth!

  8. Wow. Wow.

    This turned out so neat!

    I love the shade of blue you mixed with the shade of the stain!

    Really, really neat.

    I might have some of those small spools of thread somewhere around here. If I find them I'll get them to you!

    I really admire your fun and charming re-do.

    Thanks for sharing for the letter F.



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