Yard Stick Sewing Table


Yard Stick Sewing Table

It’s been a few weeks since I worked on a furniture project and I was just itching to get to one. I of course always seem to have a stock pile of furniture projects in my garage at all times. It’s usually just a matter of being inspired with an idea and then actually being able to get around to the project. I had the idea for my Yard Stick Sewing Table for two years. Two years. This time it was a matter of gathering all the right supplies.

Yard Stick Sewing Table

I shared this old sewing table over two years ago in a Thrifty Thursday post. I couldn’t believe that it’s been two years since I found this sweet little table, but it has. On one hand I’m ashamed that I kept it that long awaiting a makeover, on the other I’m glad that I held out for exactly what I wanted.

Yard Stick Sewing Table

The top of the sewing table had some veneer that had been pulled off. It looked like it had been hacked off with an axe, honestly. It was completely rough and really unusable as is. I knew that I needed to cover the top of the table somehow. Then it dawned on me…..yard sticks. They would be the perfect cover for the ugly table top and it’s such a fun vintage nod to the sewing theme.

Yard Stick Sewing Table

I ended up using spray primer and paint for the table, Heirloom White by Rustoleum. I sometimes like to spray pieces that have legs, spindles, etc. It seems easier to me to smoothly and evenly paint those areas while avoiding missed spots and drips. I distressed the table with my sanding block then used a clear spray top coat.

Yard Stick Sewing Table

The yard sticks were not as easily found as I thought they would be. I did a fair amount of searching for a long time, in every antique and thrift store I would pop in. I finally found a bunch of yard sticks at one antique mall and excitedly brought them home. We began cutting them to fit the top of the sewing table and wouldn’t you know it? I didn’t have enough to finish the table. So it took be a bunch of more months to finally get enough yard sticks to fill up the top.

Yard Stick Sewing Table

I glued all the yard sticks down with some wood glue and then weighed them down to dry.  Most of the sticks were pretty rough so I added a few coats of Polycrylic to smooth things out and protect them. The top may be a bit uneven because of the different thicknesses of the sticks but at least they are smooth and glossy.

Yard Stick Sewing Table

My Yard Stick Sewing Table took quite some time to actually produce but I’m so glad that I waiting for all the right materials. It totally paid off and I love how it turned out. It’s simply vintagey beautiful.

So what do you think? Was it worth waiting for?

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  1. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    I love it! Now I just need to find a few more yardsticks!

  2. I love this idea, and can’t wait to do this to my mother’s sewing cabinet, with her blue (cast iron?) Kenmore sewing machine inside, c. 1954, which I now own still use myself. With my kids gone from the house now, I plan to convert a 4th bedroom into a craft and art room, and this will make a perfect addition to my sewing corner. Thank you for sharing!


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