If you sew, you know your sewing table is where all the magic happens! Years ago my sewing table was my dining room table or my kitchen table. You know the drill...pack and unpack your things each time so the family can eat Lol.
I then moved to the basement and sewed on a regular office type desk. When I finally moved my sewing room upstairs to a porch that we only used a few times a year, I made a desk for myself. A desk made for a shortie like me...I'm 5' 2". Having a desk that "fits" me has really helped my shoulders and posture.
Here's the revamped desk with a pretty vinyl covering...I made it shorter in length and added a small desk in an "L" shape for when friends come to sew!! You're all set now Tina.
The final measurement is 60 inches long by 24 inches wide by 24.5 inches high.
Here's the before table. I made this from a $20 hollow core door and 2 old night stands (you could use small file cabinets too). I removed the legs on the nightstands to bring the height of the table down a little. Click HERE to go to that original post. I loved this desk, but with the changes to my sewing room, I needed it to be little shorter.
I floated the desk in the middle of the room , so I needed space on the sides for walking.
Here's how I made the length of the door shorter...hubby, a skill saw and 2 crates.
I penciled a line to be cut. I needed about 15 inches cut off.
and here's the tool to do it with.
You really need 2 people to do this...one to cut and one to hold the door in place so it doesn't move or jump around.
Just a quick sanding by hubby. You know I'm already thinking of what to do with the 15 inches of cut off wood.
Here's the shorter desk top in place on the 2 nightstands I used before.
This is today's Tool Time find...Vinyl covering. I found this in the sewing section of Walmart. It's made by Con-Tact, but it's NOT contact paper. You know the sticky stuff you would put in your kitchen cupboards.
It's a very big piece of vinyl and the package was only $7.99.
It comes in several patterns and colors, but you know I would pick the black and white one. This is a similar design I picked out in fabric to make my daughters Kelsie's duvet cover for school, so the extra vinyl will be put to good use.
Smooth shiny vinyl with a plain white back. The possibilities for this are endless.
Now, to cover the desk top...
Drape the vinyl over the top and leave enough on all side to wrap over to the back.
If it has a repeat design pattern, find a mark and cut on that.
This pattern was easy to find a repeat and the vinyl cuts like butter.
To attach to the desk top, I used a staple gun and duck tape...I never leave home without them. Lol
Staple along all the edges.
Tap in any staples that don't go in all the way.
At the ends, fold the vinyl like you are wrapping a gift box. This is also covering the cut end of the desk too!!
Staple along the folded ends.
Now cover all the ends of the vinyl and the staples with duck tape just to be sure. This will keep the ends from rolling up and the staples from scratching the top of the supports you are using.
Isn't she pretty?
The vinyl is awesome to sew on...fabric glides across as it comes off the machine.
Now for accessories. I found this black tape measure in Joann Fabrics for 99 cents. It's black!!! I bought 3.
I just used double sided tape to attach it to the table top.
Fits the length of the desk at 60 inches. Great for those quick measurements while sewing something.
Add a few tools...a little milk creamer for seam ripper, machine screw driver and other little tools, add a pincushion and a scissor holder too.
The scissor caddy is an old toothbrush holder!
In front of my machine, I used an olive tray I found in a thrift store for 50 cents.
Perfect narrow size for that spot and holds extra bobbins and thread...
needles and machine feet.
This is from an office supply. I think it's to hold papers while typing.
I use it to hold pattern instructions while I'm sewing.
I hope you like the transformation. It really was quick and easy.
Look for more projects from my sewing room while I'm changing things around a bit!!