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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

{fabulous find!}

A few days ago, I noticed a "Tool Sale" sign in my neighborhood. We are always in the market for more tools, so I stopped by with a list of things to check for.

Well, the drill press was for concrete, not wood, and the large air compressors were gas, not electric. But...I happened to notice out of the corner of my eye, something tucked inside the garage almost out of sight. I went a little closer, and discovered the most fabulous vintage Singer sewing table. I love everything about it. The shape, the size, the little drawers on the sides for my notions--it's perfect.

So---what color do I paint it? It will be in my guest/sewing/craft room, and will be the only color in the room other than white. The bedding will be white, the curtains are white, and the walls are a brown/cream color. I have a headboard I'm making at the same time, and it will also be the same color as the table.

I want it shabby--super distressed with lots of wood showing through. I'm thinking a really great blue color, a lighter blue, but not pastel. Like a grey/blue.

What do you think? Blue? Maybe a green? I'd love to hear what you think!



Blogger Char @ Crap I've Made said...

I'd say either an aqua or my other current

June 1, 2010 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger just call me jo said...

I have one just like that but the top has water damage. Any color would be delightful. Don't paint the metal parts, please. That would ruin the Singer logo. Love your find.

June 1, 2010 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger Xina said...

*gasp* You CANNOT paint that! Re-finish it if needed....but you CANNOT paint that! *weak smile*

June 1, 2010 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger Sprinkleofglitter said...

Ooooh i say green. Like a light sage green. I am currently obseesed with sanding and painting furniture this colour. I just did a dresser and I'm in love with it. If you get a chance to/want to look, there are pics of it on my blog. xxxxxxxxxxxxx Loving yous! xxxxxxxxx

June 1, 2010 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger Erica said... you're taking out the red in the room??? i think a blue would look good. maybe a chocolate brown or white and try and throw color in somewhere else - i'm just trying to think of a color that totally fits your style so you don't end up redoing it again later ;)

June 1, 2010 at 11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so obsessed with seaglass and turquoise/aqua colors right now. Anything you paint it will be beautiful! What a find!

June 1, 2010 at 11:46 AM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

It is BEAUTIFUL! Lucky find!

June 1, 2010 at 11:52 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

I'm with Xina... these are few and far between and I'd say DON'T DO IT! Painting it will take away so much of the value that goes with an antique Singer. BUT, if you're dead set on it, I'd say that the grey/blue sounds fabulous.

June 1, 2010 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger Brielle said...

please don't paint it. I think it will look trendy and nice now but in a few years you will regret it. I think you should keep it just the way it is.

June 1, 2010 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Stop the presses! Paint???? How 'bout a nice runner for the top or sides for something to add color... ?
In the age of Cool Vintage you have found a REAL winner!

June 1, 2010 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

I was thinking gray/blue, too! But green would be neat, too.

With that color scheme, though, I'd be inclined to leave it as is!

June 1, 2010 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger Tamber said...

I agree with a few posts above...YOU CANNOT PAINT THAT! It is beautiful. I think you should refinish it and add a runner or accessories on top to give some color. My mother has the same exact one and she desperately needs to refinish it as well. I think it is beautiful though, maybe with a darker would be beautiful.

June 1, 2010 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger Cherie said...

Whatever you do, show us here! I have one IDENTICAL to that with the machine still very much in tact (I assume yours is as well). I've had it for about 20 years not knowing WHAT to do with it! Please be my inspiration!

June 1, 2010 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Sherron said...

Refinish it. PLEASE don't paint it, please?

June 1, 2010 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

It's lovely! My mom has one that's almost identical...very old, belonged to my great grandmother. I think it would be so pretty painted, but you'd most likely lose any value in the piece. If you're not looking to sell it/pass it on in the future, go for the look you want. But if you think you may want to sell it later, I'd leave it as-is or refinish it. :)

June 1, 2010 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger The Lowe Family said...

before you even suggested a color I was thinking blue/aqua/turquoise! I think it would look great...but I also like the idea of just refinishing it! Either way, i love LOVE love it! It will look awesome in that room!!!

June 1, 2010 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger Charity said...

I think leaving it as is is best as well. It's an antique, and will definitely loose all sentimental quality of the singer if painted. Plus I think even in a neutral room, this will stand out with it's own pizzaz without the paint.

June 1, 2010 at 2:35 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

I'm not sure what to tell you about the color. I just wanted to say that my mom has that exact same sewing table! It has been in our family since it was brand new and it is part of my inheritance...Not that I'm hoping to get it any time soon! I just love it!

June 1, 2010 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger The Youngbloods said...

You HAVE to refinish it!!! It is adorable!

June 1, 2010 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

I have to say it would be a huge mistake to paint this.

June 1, 2010 at 7:07 PM  
Blogger Monica Fernaays said...

I have to agree, please don't paint it! I liked the suggestion above about a pretty runner, that is alot easier to change up with the fads! But if you are set on painting it, I would do white first than a egg shell black, distress it, so some of the white shows through and again top it with a pop of color, like flowers or a dolie (sp) Great Find!!

June 1, 2010 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

I agree...don't do it!! Leave it!

June 1, 2010 at 10:22 PM  
Blogger Cutie Pies said...

Me too!!! Don't paint it!! I think it's great as is. I love the wood look without color.

June 1, 2010 at 11:21 PM  
Blogger lk said...

I agree with the aqua/turquoise suggestions. I don't get people's aversions to painting wood. I say make it how you like it!

June 2, 2010 at 12:06 AM  
Blogger Adventures of a CrAzY LaDy! said...

This will be beautiful in your craft room! I think you should go for a Tiffany blue/aqua-ish color and distress it! No matter what color you go for, it'll look gorgeous!

June 2, 2010 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger The Lowe Family said...

i was at JoAnn's this morning and found the CUTEST sewing room would love them!

June 2, 2010 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger Alisha @ Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife said...

I would strip it and re-stain it to bring out the beautiful original wood color (oak or maple).

June 8, 2010 at 7:13 PM  
Blogger The Library Lady said...

I just found your blog and really love it. Thanks for sharing. But, please, please, please DO NOT PAINT THAT SEWING MACHINE. I'm crying. I have the excact same one and it was my grandmothers'. Mine still works. I had it restored and I use it in my foyer. Think about it.

The Library Lady

June 11, 2010 at 1:20 PM  
Blogger ~jan said...

I love the vintage look!! I say don't paint!! Just think of the stories each scrap and scuff hold. I agree with adding a beautiful table runner or maybe a centerpiece on it. But the antique look just makes me Ooo and Aww.
~jan @

July 11, 2010 at 6:17 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

Just found this entry about your wonderful find ~ if you haven't already ~ please don't paint. I have my grandmother's Singer that she and my great grandmother sewed on and would NEVER think of painting. Every time I look at it I do as Jan above said . . . think about all the fabric that has been made into something wonderful on it--mostly quilts--and whose hands have touched it--leaving it as is lets me "feel" her hands just once more.

September 25, 2010 at 10:24 AM  

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