I've had my sewing machine for 18 years, and never did anything to fix it up. And believe me, it was in a terrible state. It is truly an antique (about 100 years old), once belonging to a great- aunt on a farm. That sewing machine made all the clothing for a family of 12, as well as many relatives and was very well used and loved. I put it in my living room, covered the badly scratched and worn top with a crocheted runner and displayed my collection of antique flow- blue china on and over it.
Not bad, but I am totally in love with " The Empty Nest" makeover, so I decided to spend this Labour Day weekend making mine look just as awesome. My cabinet is definately in worse shape, but I was up for the challenge. First order of business was to head over to Home Depot and pick up the supplies ( or in my case just pick up the supplies after work since I work at Home Depot).
Here's what you need :
*Chalk Paint in 2 colors ( recipe will follow)
Painter's masking tape
Flat black spray paint- I used Tremclad Rust paint
Plastic drop sheets
Wood glue or Weldbond ( to fix the veneer that was coming loose on my cabinet)
Furniture paste wax
*Recipe for home made Chalk Paint- equal parts latex paint and Plaster of Paris.You might have to add a little water if it's too thick, which mine was, since the latex paint I had was old and had thickened up a lot. Yup, that's it. A blogger friend of mine saw my posting about making your own Gesso, which is chalk paint also, and gave me this even easier recipe. And it really works. She got the recipe from an antique dealer. Gotta love bloggers- we're very inquisitive people. Only costs $5.00 for a large box of plaster of paris and you can mix it with whatever color latex paint you want. If it get's too thick while you're painting, just keep adding water as you go to thin it to the consistency of thick cream.
As you can see, she's in pretty rough shape, but still a very beautiful piece of nostalgia. I'll be removing the sewing machine from the cabinet and cleaning her up too, but that will be another post, so stay tuned for that.
Meet "Mademoiselle Chloe"
I A-B-S-O-L-U-T-E-L-Y LOVE HER!!!!!!!!
Here are some close-ups of some of the detail.