Martha (Before & After)

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!  We enjoyed some fun family time and also attended a wonderful clambake (without the kids)!

Meet Martha:

Martha (After)

You may remember I did my friend’s Martha Washington Sewing Table a little while back.  If not, click here to see the post.  I’ve now become a bit obsessed with these sewing tables.  I think they are so sweet and could easily function as a side table in a living area or be a sweet bedside table.

When I saw Martha at an estate sale in Scituate.  I scooped her right up:

Sewing Table (Before)

She was fine, but looking a bit old school for me.  I washed her down and then did two coats of clear shellac.  I always do this to just prevent any varnish from shining through the paint.  Then I painted her in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old Ochre and Provence.  This is the same combination I did on the last one and love it together.  But this time I knew, this one wanted some dark wax.

Here is the drawer before, I applied the dark wax:
ASCP Provence

Isn’t that a lovely color?  I just thought it needed some more depth. I wanted it to look aged.  Here’s how much wax I put on:

Applying dark wax

Many have been asking about wax application, which I will do a blog post about, but when you apply the dark wax you want the clear wax to be a little tacky.  If the clear wax has already dried then just go over the piece a tad with clear wax.  Less is more!  Then I allowed it to sit for a minute or so and wiped the access off.  If you want it darker than leave it on longer.  Here’s how the drawer came out after:

See how the wax got in the detailing and the grain of the paint?  I just love that.  I got these great glass knobs at Target and thought they add a bit of class to Martha.
Here’s a close up of the dark wax on the Old Ochre:
I really love Martha’s curved and delicate legs:
I actually love her whole shape:
Martha Washington Sewing Table
See she has an octagonal shape and those sides lift up to allow storage for fabric, but you could also store design magazines and catalogs.  You could event tuck a kindle or kids toys (in a pinch).
What do you think?  Do you think Martha Washington would be proud?  My Martha is looking for a new home, so let me know if you’re interested.
Martha (After)
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  1. says

    I’ve seen this Provence color around a lot lately and I LOVE it! This piece is wonderful, as are all of your pieces. :) Thanks so much for sharing on Marvelous Mondays.


  2. says

    I love …love how this turned out. What a difference.
    Your newest follower, Francine
    Ps I would love if you would stop by and join my monthly button swap party. Its up and running. I would love to have you!

  3. says

    What a great table! I have never seen a sewing table like that before. I really like the Provence! Thank you for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!

  4. says

    I’m obsessed with sewing tables too! Martha is just precious. I love the two colors and the dark wax is perfect. Thanks for linking up at Doodles & Stitches! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  5. says

    I have seen these so often in thrift stores, but never knew it could look so good with a transformation. I love sewing table, and your Martha is so very pretty now. I also love the two toned look. My fingers are crossed you’ll share your creative inspiration tonight with Sunday’s Best – sharing is a good thing!

  6. says

    Oh my she is cute as can be!!! LOve the piece. The dark wax is perfect!
    Thanks for sharing – Stacey of Embracing Change

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