On Instagram, I have been going on and on about the pantry in the Myrtle House. Funny story about this room - once upon a time, it was going to be a powder room. Towards the end of the subcontractors' work, I came to my senses and realized that we didn't need 3.5 baths in a 1500 square foot house. So we changed the framing a bit and the door placement to create a walk-in pantry. The house was far enough along where the plumbing was already run to this area. Talk about a waste of a few hundred bucks! The pantry is not quite ready to show it's pretty face (still some touch up left) but I wanted to show you how cute this little sewing table makeover turned out. It is one of my favorite projects to date!
Sewing tables with the built-in sewing machine are pretty cool. My mom had one so I learned how to sew on it as a kid. Basically there is a leaf on the top that extends to create a table top and then the sewing machine hidden in the belly of the table rotates and locks into an upright position. You control the speed of the sewing machine by a lever you push in with your leg. A really neat design and innovative engineering. That being said, I am embarassed to admit that we abused the heck out of the sewing table Brian's grandmother had at the Myrtle House. Since it was so heavy, we used it to support our table saw and tile saw. Once when we didn't have a locking front door, we used it to barricade ourselves in for the night (keeping it classy). After two and a half years of abuse and neglect, this table had seen better days but I knew I wanted to incorporate him into the house since it was such an integral part of the renovation. So after a little love, he is now the prominent piece in our new pantry and will serve as a coffee bar table!
As we near the end of our renovation, the budget is getting tight. Who am I kidding, the budget was tight a year ago. We have been trying our best to recycle and repurpose anything and everything left in the house. When we installed our laminate counters, we cut out the sink hole and had a decent slab of laminate left. I threw it in a closet where it sat for weeks, but later discovered it was the perfect size to fit over the sewing table. We cut it down to size with a jigsaw, ironed on some white melamine edging, and boom - instant farble table. The best part to me is that this transformation literally cost nothing since I had all of the supplies (including the Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray cabinet paint) on hand.
So even if we murdered the poor little sewing table, I can sleep at night knowing that we kind of brought it back to life. I think it may be time for this reno to end - I am starting to personify furniture...