Retractable Sewing Table/Sideboard

Project Description

What type of item is this? Home Decor How would you describe the style of your project? Casual How would you describe the style of your project? Funky What are you most proud of? I had never attempted leafing before as the thought of it scared me. Thanks to the skills taught in Lesson 10: Art Deco End Table, I found it much easier than I had anticipated. I'm also proud that I was able to create the missing trim piece by applying the skills learned in Lesson 12: Radio Cabinet using Sculpey Baking Clay (I choose a low VOC option rather than Bondo). What advice would you give someone starting this project? First, take the Drab to Fab Course! When leafing, gently press a piece of wax paper over top the leaf while still in the book and gently pick up. It makes it much easier to place the leaf onto your sizing with better precision. I burnished the silver leafing using fine OO steel wool in a circular motion with very light pressure. I prefer using soft wax to seal furniture but in this case, as it was a sewing table, I was concerned the wax may stain the fabrics and so I opted for a satin polyurethane finish instead.

What you will need

  • Silver Leaf
  • sizing & sealer
  • Sculpey Baking Clay
  • Epoxy
  • Clamps
  • Dynamic Dyna Patch
  • Chalk Paint in Graphite
  • Satin Polyurethane
  • OO Steel Wool

Q&A with IntFrugalista

Designlady53 asked:
IntFrugalista answered:
Thank you! I had so much fun with this project.
What a fabulous transformation !!!! You did a fantastic job and it is very inspirational!
IntFrugalista answered:
Thank you so much Maryanne!
Wassupspock asked:
I love this piece -- what a wonderful application of silver leafing, too.
IntFrugalista answered:
Thank You! That was my first attempt at silver leafing and I found it surprisingly not that difficult. I'm on the hunt for another perfect flea market find that I can apply leafing to.
Iloveflowers asked:
Wow! Fabulous refinish and wonderful corner. You have a great eye and obvious talent. I hope my project comes out so well.
IntFrugalista answered:
Thank you so much @iloveflowers! I hope you post your project in here when it's finished.
Cherita.Md asked:
Think is brilliant!!
IntFrugalista answered:
Thanks so much Cherita!

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