Resurfacing My Sewing Table
Yesterday I mentioned that I resurfaced my sewing table. Ahh, my sewing table. A labor of love for my husband. A year or so ago, he took an old fold-up table that we had around and cut holes in it to fit my sewing machine and painted it a nice dark brown color. It’s a great little table! A good size for working. However, there a couple issues I discovered over time.
The paint that he used has a matte finish and every time I would need to pick up a pin or pieces of thread or whatever, inevitably my nails would run across the surface and it was like scraping across a chalkboard. Yikes! It doesn’t seem like a huge problem, but I realized it was becoming quite an irritant when I started using other surfaces to put stuff on just so I didn’t have to touch the table. Plus, because it was so rough that any little thing was scratching it so it has become quite worn-looking quite quickly.
Also, do you notice the gaps? Yes, there’s a huge one around my machine (need to fix that), but I’m talking about the skinny ones running crossways. I have lost a lot of needles and pins through those cracks…
So I decided to take some contact paper and cover the table with it. It’s an awesome solution!
First, I cleared off the table and pulled out my sewing machine. Then I ran a clean, dry cloth over the surface to brush off the dust and bits.
While the contact paper stuck to the top just fine, I did have trouble getting it to stick to the unfinished underside of the table. I took some shiny, metallic tape I had found in a pile of stuff I cleaned up and placed strips of it all along the edge underneath. The contact paper stuck to it perfectly!
I had an entire roll so there was plently to cover the entire surface. I used a long ruler and pressed it across as I carefully peeled the backing away.
You can really see the difference between the smooth and rough surfaces here. I loved running my hand over the contact paper.
And here it is complete! It took me about 2 hours from start to finish. It’s not the prettiest job done, but it makes a huge difference in my enjoyment of sewing. I had to put some non-slip rubber mats underneath my cutting board to keep it secure, but other than that this surface is waaayyy better to work on.
I placed the contact paper over the entire table top to cover up all the cracks.
Then I gave it its inaugural test run. I needed to repair a small tear in our duvet cover and add a button closure to it (can’t believe I didn’t do that sooner! Our comforter was constantly falling out the bottom of it) and this new surface is a dream to work on. Now I can easily shift my fabrics around while I sew, no more lost pins and needles, and most importantly, no more chills down the spine every time I try to pick something off it!