July 4 Inspired Party Station From An Old Sewing Table

Summer is in full swing. Its been in the 90s for at least a couple of weeks and along with sweltering weather comes parties to distract from (or draw more attention to) the fact you’re sweating and I’m not the only one suffering the effects of water damage. This little sewing table was too. Follow along and see how I convert this antique sewing machine table into a party beverage station.

Maybe you have one of these old sewing tables in the house right now or maybe you’ll find one while out thrifting like I did. Either way, it’s a fun, unique way to show your style. There are so many different ways this can be done too. I’ve seen plastic tubs used as sinks or actual metal sinks used as the drink, condiment, and ice older. The sinks would be nice because it comes with a drain!

Yours will hopefully be in much better shape to begin with which will cut down on the time to make. You could use spray paint for an even quicker turnaround time. Sky is the limit and the point is to have fun and unleash your creativity no matter what.

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DIY ~ Upcycled Sewing Table To Drink Station ~ Ambient Wares
It did not come with a sewing machine

DIY ~ Upcycled Sewing Table To Drink Station ~ Ambient Wares

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From the day I bought the table, a food and beverage station was all I could think about. I measured the opening; recorded the dimensions in my phone and while out garage sale-ing, saw two food pans similar to these. Went to grab my tape measure and it wasn’t in my purse. I picked ’em up anyway crossing my fingers.

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Unfortunately it was a no go. You won’t believe how much I thought without a doubt and for no logical reason, they’d fit.

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Obviously the opening must be made larger but, all of the various pieces left over from where the sewing machine rested would need to be removed.

DIY ~ Upcycled Repurposed Sewing Table To Drink Station ~ Ambient Wares DIY ~ Upcycled Repurposed Sewing Table To Drink Station ~ Ambient WaresThese circular pieces below would not come out even with the screw removed. There were metal pieces on the other side which were pronged and wedged snuggly into the wood preventing them from coming out easily. You’ll see later on how the holes these parts left behind actually come in handy.DIY ~ Upcycled Repurposed Sewing Table To Drink Station ~ Ambient Wares

DIY ~ Upcycled Repurposed Sewing Table To Drink Station ~ Ambient Wares

The hardest part was trying to figure out exactly how much needed to be trimmed off of the opening to allow the pans to fit comfortably next to each other. The hinges on either side of the opening and the pans being slightly tapered needed to be taken into account.

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In order to center the pans in between the hinges, I resorted to measuring, drawing lines and repeating this process removing a little at a time, using our older model of this jigsaw, until the space was big enough. You can’t add back if you take out too much, right?

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As you can see below, one pencil line is cut. When you’re ready to cut along another line, you can go in at an angle and cut until you reach the corner. Then, you’ll have a starting point to go down the next line.

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Here’s the final test fit. You can see the overhangs of the pans do overlap the hinges but, the cutout itself is still a decent distance from them.

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Here are those little circular recesses I said would come in handy. They’re perfect for assisting in lifting out each pan.DIY ~ Upcycled Repurposed Sewing Table To Drink Station ~ Ambient Wares

The next steps were to remove the hinges for the folding tops. You could see the effects of the water damage on the one hinge and it lost a few layers.

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To knock off the rust, I used my older version of this hand sander with 120 grit paper. If you do this you need to make sure you have a good grip on the hinge and you don’t need much pressure. To be safe you could go the hand sanding route.

DIY ~ Upcycled Repurposed Sewing Table To Drink Station ~ Ambient WaresI painted all the hardware with Hammered Bronze, same as I used on the changing table and the lid I made for a planter. A little tip: make note of how the hinges came out of their original spots. Trust me.

DIY ~ Upcycled Repurposed Sewing Table To Drink Station ~ Ambient Wares

DIY ~ Upcycled Repurposed Sewing Table To Drink Station ~ Ambient Wares

I sanded down the table thoroughly using 80 grit sandpaper with my older version of this belt sander. I also decided to remove the solely decorative handles with the thought of replacing them with a paper towel holder.

DIY ~ Upcycled Repurposed Sewing Table To Drink Station ~ Ambient Wares

DIY ~ Upcycled Repurposed Sewing Table To Drink Station ~ Ambient Wares
Wood filler

For the table, I first flipped it upside down painting the inside only with Plutonium paint in blue called Tsunami.DIY ~ Upcycled Repurposed Sewing Table To Drink Station ~ Ambient Wares

DIY ~ Upcycled Repurposed Sewing Table To Drink Station ~ Ambient Wares

Over the rest of the base, I used 3 coats total of chalk paint in “Nautical” Blue which is darker than the Plutonium color. In my opinion, it is extremely important to stir, stir, stir, then stir more.

DIY ~ Upcycled Repurposed Sewing Table To Drink Station ~ Ambient Wares

DIY ~ Upcycled Repurposed Sewing Table To Drink Station ~ Ambient Wares
1st coat of chalk paint

At this point, I think back to when I was testing the fit of the food pans and found the folding top could not close if the pans remained in place. I figured a base was needed.  So, I created a shelf where the pans could be stored until the next use.

Using a piece of 1/4″ plywood cut to the overall dimensions, we eyeballed where to cut out small notches to fit around the corner protrusions.

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Sliced piping (conduit) straps were used to attach to both the shelf and the base. The gold one is an example of what the sliced ones used to look like.

DIY ~ Upcycled Repurposed Sewing Table To Drink Station ~ Ambient Wares

DIY ~ Upcycled Repurposed Sewing Table To Drink Station ~ Ambient Wares

The shelf got a couple coats of Plutonium as well. After attaching the straps to the bottom of the shelf, we lined it up to the base, making sure it was level, marked the holes with a pencil, pre-drilled the holes, then attached. Everything then got a few coats of Minwax Spar Urethane since it’s for outdoor use. Maybe light rains wouldn’t pose too many issues but, I personally wouldn’t leave it out in the rains.

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I ended up painting the underside part at a later point.

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Then it was onto the “extras”. I wanted a paper towel holder, a hand towel holder and a bottle opener.

I believe what we bought at our local Habitat for Humanity, for the paper towels, was actually a regular towel bar because you can’t slide the bar out one of the ends so, using a 3/4″ wood boring bit, we drilled out, one side only, all the way through.

DIY ~ Upcycled Repurposed Sewing Table To Drink Station ~ Ambient Wares

DIY ~ Upcycled Repurposed Sewing Table To Drink Station ~ Ambient Wares
Another Habitat for Humanity purchase
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We already had this bottle opener

At this point, I’d like to say this is the end. It’s all painted, sealed, the extras are good to go and the lids close freely without interruption.

Here’s the thing though; since there’s now a shelf in the bottom, the hinge which helps to hold the large, left sided top up when open, doesn’t have anywhere to go when closed.

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Joe to the rescue! He comes up with some cool fixes and this is one of them. He thought somehow the hinge/arm needed to be coaxed down the rabbit hole.

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Here it is, in place. Once the arm hits it, it will glide right down into the small opening. Problem solved!

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I’m happy to say this vintage sewing table turned food and beverage station has a new lease on life. Party on!

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DIY ~ Upcycled Repurposed Sewing Table To Drink Station ~ Ambient Wares

DIY ~ Upcycled Repurposed Sewing Table To Drink Station ~ Ambient Wares

DIY ~ Upcycled Repurposed Sewing Table To Drink Station ~ Ambient Wares

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65 thoughts on “July 4 Inspired Party Station From An Old Sewing Table

  1. I was going to send my sewing table to good-will. Not any more……. this is fabulous! I can’t wait to start on this project! Great idea, Thanks.

  2. OMG, I love this! I’m totally kicking myself because I saw one of these sewing tables on the curb… YESTERDAY!!! Now I’m going to be looking for one, and I need to get that hammered spray paint. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMAttersPArty

  3. Did you reinforce the larger fold out table top part? Do you leave it open at all times? Just curious because I have a sewing table similar and want to do something like this.

    1. Hi Kathy, I didn’t do anything to reinforce it while it was open and had the snack tray on it. This was something I actually sold at my booth so I didn’t use it personally other than the day I shot photos and dressed it up. If I had kept it (if only I had the room) I would’ve kept it closed and had small decor on top until the next use. I know each table is different as far as stability but, I personally would not have put anything too heavy on the larger fold out side. I’d love to see if you do move forward with your table!

  4. I’m loving this!! I have a sewing table packed up in my truck right now, to take to storage. I may pull it out and put it on my patio! Mine already has the shelves so I feel like I am ahead in the game. She is also not water damaged so I may leave the color as is 🙂 Thanks for the idea, yours turned out amazing.

  5. Hi,
    Found you via Talk of the Town where your fantastic sewing machine table turned drink station is featured. I love all the bells and whistles (and paper towel holder) you added to the beverage station. I turned an old typewriter table into a beverage station practically in the same color! I’m now following you.
    Doreen @ Altered Artworks

    1. Hi Doreen! Thanks for being here and for the follow 🙂 I may have been more excited for those bells and whistles more than anything. It’s the little touches. I’m headed your way now!

  6. I love, love, love your party cart! I’ve been wanting to do this forever, but I can never find the right “bins”. I look everywhere I go for options. I have never seen food pans like this in my hunting!

    great job, thanks for sharing at Talk of the Town!

    gail

  7. This is the most clever re-purpose of a sewing machine stand I’ve ever seen. What a brilliant idea! Plenty of serving room when it’s open, and folds up to take so little room when it isn’t.

    Looks fantastic!

  8. That is a perfect way to repurpose an old sewing table – it’s like it was meant to be an outdoor bar/serving cart! I love your idea of using food pans rather than a sink because of the portability. Pinning your awesome party cart to share 🙂

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