Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sewing Table Meets Kitchen

Using unusual items in the kitchen. Here a sewing table adds some additional counter space to our vintage kitchen.


I have been wanting a little table in the kitchen for the end of my counter. I run out of counter when serving dinner and need some extra real estate for needfuls. Yesterday, while straightening the garage, I noticed my mom's old sewing table in the back corner and a light went off in my head. Why not try it in the kitchen. Sadly the top is scratched because a certain someone had a tool chest stored on top.


For now I threw a little rooster towel on it but I think it really needs to be painted. A crisp white would look great. Do you have any ideas on colors that might look good in my kitchen?


This is a great place for our serving items at dinner time. I like to set everything sort of buffet style on the counter and have everyone serve themselves. An old cheese box holds our napkins now and salt and pepper shakers.


When's dinner? Around five usually. We eat early. Tonight it's barbecued hamburgers with sweet potato fries and corn on the cob.


My memories of my mom sewing at this table are sweet. Why didn't she make me learn to sew. I am just dying to learn. I have her old machine. I need to find a place to take lessons that are for super novice beginners.

Update** Okay so I am not sure I like this here. I may sway it out with a butcher block in my service porch.
I see some moving around in my future tomorrow.

31 comments:

  1. I had a sewing machine. Learned how to use it after my husband used it to embroider the words "I love you" on a diaper

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  2. Well, lucky you to have that sewing table!!! And I like it in the kitchen. I have so little counter space in my kitchen that I have to have a rolling butcher block to help with extra space. It really is a life saver!!!
    LOVE that rooster dish towel!

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  3. I had one in my kitchen for a good while with my microwave sitting on it...worked well. Yours looks fine just as it is and I like the things you have displayed on it....looks great. Blessings

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  4. I really like the sewing table in the kitchen, especially because it was your moms. There are so many learn-to-sew books and lots of blogs to learn how to sew you won't have a problem finding a way if you want to learn. My mom taught me and I watched a lot of PBS programs that I learned from as well. I have two daughters one sews and one doesn't, not yet anyway. I love sewing!! P.S. Our first furniture purchase after getting married was an antique sewing stand and it has a large water mark on the top after my darling husband put a fish bowl on it!I still have it after 31 years and I just put a cloth on it as well!!

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  5. great use.. I love it. Your dinner sounds fantastic tonight.

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  6. What a good idea to get it out and use it. I have a kraft cheese box so what a great idea to put your s/p in it!

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  7. We call this "shopping at home" which we generally have great success at.

    perfect placement

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  8. That is so cute! The red accessories look so good, I could see the table painted red and distressed.

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  9. What a great idea! White would be nice, but how about painting it red? Or do I see green in that table cloth? A green could be nice too. Let us know what you decide!
    -Lynn

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  10. I was going to say red also but I see that you might be moving it out of there. I love that old cheese box with all the dinner supplies in it!

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  11. I love your sewing table. Its a great size! You've made me hungry!

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  12. If it stays in the kitchen, I'd go bright cherry red!! Would give it a nice "kick" of colour!! :)

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  13. What a cute little table...it could be used in so many places. If you do leave it in the kitchen I agree with some of the other comments, it would be adorable painted red!

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  14. Well, like they always say: It's a woman's prerogative to change her mind.
    Brenda

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  15. My mother/grandmother/great-grandmother are/were excellent seamstresses. What little sewing I do (and it ain't much) is done on my grandmother's old Singer. I hope one day to amp it up a bit, although I'm well into middle-age, so .... perhaps we'll see if old dogs can learn anything new.

    Yours looks great, so it will look great wherever you decide to put it. For me, I wouldn't paint it, but I'm a wood lover, I suppose.

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  16. This looks great! LOVE it!

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  17. It looks great! I have one in my living room that I found on the side of a road (sewing machine included) which I use for my downstairs sewing---my sewing space is upstairs--- and during the holidays, my tree sits on top. Perfect multi-use cabinet! You can never go wrong with a sewing cabinet.

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  18. Sometimes you just have to keep movin' things around til you find what works. If you do use the sewing machine, I would paint it white so it blends with the counter, but I would always keep a cloth atop - you don't want to be getting crumbs or spills into the sewing machine.

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  19. It's so neat to rearrange things and find new homes for things we already own.

    Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  20. I like the little table there. It would look nice painted but I like it just the way it is. My mother was a seamstress for
    Airstream Trailers and she didn't teach me. I got a used sewing machine. I had it setting out for two weeks and couldn't figure out how to thread the bobbin. I don't work well with machines.

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  21. Isn't it fun to experiment?!!! I love reinventing the sewing machine table. Even if you decide it's not exactly what you want, the memories you've unearthed are worth it. Happy Fall!

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  22. It looks wonderful at the end of your bench. Its very quaint and adds charm to the kitchen. Not to mention the memories and significance it holds for you.

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  23. Very good idea. I always see these things for sale on Craiglslist. I like how you have it set up.

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  24. I'm always moving things around like that too... but sometimes you don't know until you try. Loved your memories connected with the sewing machine... priceless!

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  25. Now that is a great idea! Looks cute in your kitchen!

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  26. You have so much red in your kitchen, why not paint it a complimentary aqua, like the color in your backsplash tiles? I think it it the right size for the space.

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  27. I love it there...of course it's your kitchen! I think it's very cute the way you have it decorated!

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  28. Oh I just love your creative extra counter! I hope you will add your lovely metamorphosis to my Fall in Love linky party on Wednesday.

    Until then, stop by and see the under $20 makeover I gave an ugly brass light fixture.

    Happy Monday!

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  29. You are doing just fine with your own ideas. You are putting a vintage treasure to good use.

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  30. Oh this sewing table is wonderful in the kitchen. Love how you have accessorized it. The red touches are darling. I wouldn't change any of it.
    ann

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