What Lies Beneath

By Kristen, Owner/Creative Designer at thatFLIPPINFURNITUREgirl in Portage, IN.

Refinishing and updating Mid Century Modern pieces is my passion.  While my business covers custom work in all styles, the clean lines and sleek style of this furniture speak to me.  I pride myself on custom redesigns that will stand the test of time.

This MCM sewing table, that once belonged to my client’s mom, was updated and transformed into a writing desk for the client’s college bound daughter.  Keeping a piece of family history alive is one of the joys of the work I do.

Years stored in a shed were not kind to the original finish.  Every inch was failing.  The entire piece was sanded back to a bare finish.  A beautiful walnut veneer was hiding beneath the worn surface. The original brass hardware, which had turned green due to elements, was polished and brought back to its former glory.

The drawer fronts and top were stained with GF Black Gel Stain using a foam brush for application.  The excess stain was wiped away following the grain pattern with paper shop towels.  The body was hand painted with Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black in a matte finish.  After 72 hours, the refinished wood was first sealed with 2 coats GF HPTC in gloss for the most durable finish using a Wooster foam brush for application. The final top coat was one coat of HPTC in Satin. The matte black paint was sealed with two coats of Varethane Water Based poly in a matte finish for a striking finished combo.

Sleek, sexy and timeless—grandma’s once worn out sewing table will now serve another generation for years to come!


Project Category

Upcycling Merit CategoriesModern Love

Products Used

  • General Finishes Black Gel Stain
  • Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black
  • General Finishes HPTC Gloss
  • General Finishes HPTC Satin
  • Varethane Matte Water Based Poly

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