Readers, I hope you're not disappointed but I will not be disrobing today. I will, however, be finishing my featherweight table, otherwise known as Miracle on 24th St.
Yesterday, with the encouragement and guidance of so many readers, I stripped off the old varnish with the aid of various grades of sandpaper -- no chemical strippers needed. I sanded and sanded and sanded and finally got that old finish off. And not just the finish: chunky paint splatters, pieces of mid century masking tape, and one rusty thumbtack. I don't know what this table was used for, but it was a lot more than sewing!
I even discovered the old Singer stamp:
Today the table is (almost) ready to be painted with multiple coats of Minwax water-based Polycrylic. I opted for the satin finish as I'm not a big fan of glossy furniture. I've decided to leave the table unstained (sides included), which looks more modern and less like something you'd use on poker night. I'm excited about finishing this!
Big difference, no?
I realized as I was doing this that my Pfaff table could also use work (though I've been thinking about scrapping that machine -- space, you know) as well as my treadle table, but one thing at a time, right?
Since many of you were no doubt expecting some real stripping, here's Pepper Powell, aka, The Hot and Spicy Redhead. Cute outfit, Pepper!
Happy Thursday, everybody -- two more days till 2012!
Ready, Set, Strip! (...fifteen years of ballet for THIS?)
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!