Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Treadle Table

Last month during an online auction with a glass of iced choco-vino, I snagged a broken treadle sewing machine. Treadles, those old school needlers controlled with foot power and bursting with iron beauty. The top was cracked, drawers were missing, but the foot pedal still pumped to and fro like a champ.

This is the journey to treadle table.

The metal work got a thorough cleaning and a coat of gloss poly to highlight the features and preserve the wear.

The table sides were painted Annie Sloan Old White, distressed and given clear wax. I roughed them up pretty good, but not to the point where they would take attention away from the treadle.

The table top was constructed out of salvaged barn wood that I got for a steal at Porter Barn Wood.
Go there.
It is amazing.

I wanted to protect and seal the top but not in a way that would destroy the gray worn look that the boards had worked years to achieve.

I sanded with fine grit paper.
Brushed the wood out with a dry scrub brush.
And sanded again.

Then blew off all the bits with the air compressor.

To seal the wood, I used several coats of Valspar Flat Sealer because it was the only option I found that would keep the integrity of that gray aged color.

The treadle is the showpiece.
And still pumps like a champ.
And has a new lease on life.

Oh, and it will also be at the JITT Vintage Market.

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