Martha (Before & After)

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. I’m a big fan of sewing cabinets and this one is spectacular!

  2. very clever! i love how you gave it an aged look & the turquoise drawers look great.

  3. Gorgeous!

  4. I am not familiar with these sewing cabinets, how fun!

  5. That is amazing! I love the color on the drawers. Megan

  6. Martha is just lovely! The colors … the chalk paint … the dark wax … the knobs!

    Just love that punch of color! So inspiring …



  7. seriously, what a neat looking piece, and i love the two toned look.

  8. Cute! I think Old Ochre is my favorite ASCP color. I use it a lot.

  9. Martha’s got a whole new look! I love your color choices!

  10. 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.


  11. Super cute sewing table, what a nice upgrade! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Martha looks fabulous.

  13. This is very pretty, Danielle–I love the turquoise color your selected for the drawer fronts!

  14. What a cute little sewing cabinet, and it really would make a perfect side table.
    Mary Alice

  15. Great stylish transformation I hope you have a great week
    RaNae from Ewe Creek Cottage

  16. It’s a refreshing modern interpretation on a piece that was a gem in need of a redo!

  17. Well HELLO, Martha!! She’s so pretty. :) Thank you so much for linking up to our party!! :)

  18. This is an adorable piece…love the contrasting colors! Laurel

  19. What an awesome little table! I love what you’ve done to it! It looks fantastic!

  20. what a unique piece!! Love the colors you chose, it looks so contemporary now. great work!!

  21. 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!

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

  25. Wow, I have never seen a piece quite like that! Love the beautiful new color combination!

  26. I think the other Martha would think this Martha is a good thing!

    So glad you joined our Color party!

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

  28. I so adore this piece and the pop of color! Thanks for linking to all about color…your project is amazing! hugs…

  29. Martha is adorable. Thanks for linking her up at Shabbilicious Friday :)

  30. I felt sure I’d commented on this, because it’s lovely – must have been the start of my lazy phase !

  31. Loving it, so cute! So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – your creativity helped make the party a success!

  32. martha looks fabulous great job and would some wrapping paper could also fit in the sides right??

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