A drink station is just the upcycle we need right now to welcome friends and family once again and usher in the re-opening of the Province! With its maple leaf design, this upcycle will work indoors or out year round!
It will even work as a potting table if you choose to use it that way. Or I could see this sporting Mums in the Fall right on the porch! When you see the reveal, you may even want to adapt this as a bathroom vanity; the Canadiana vibe would be perfect for a cottage.
How to Make a Drink Station from an Old Sewing Table
Hubs started a new hobby when the pandemic hit and is now restoring vintage sewing machines. However, oftentimes, people don’t want a table when they purchase a sewing machine after restoration. Especially when they’re in as rough as shape as this one is!
At first glance, it doesn’t look too bad for its age.
But when you open the lid, you can see the sewing machine opening is not as it should be!
There are also huge holes cut out of the back panel (where you can see the brick peaking through below). Someone did a real hack job on this poor vintage piece! However, we see all of these setbacks as opportunities for improvement!
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Watch the video or proceed to the tutorial below:
How to Make a Drink Station
Step 1: Make a Template
Whether you use an old sink, or Ikea’s Trofast storage bin like us, draw out a template. We using an old file folder here. Measure the distance from the lip of the container to the sides and redraw a line with that measurement inside the first one. Be sure to account for the ‘V’ shapes supports if you use the Trofast.
Step 2: Remove all pieces and hardware
So our first order of business is sand all the old finish and remove the part under the table that catches oil drips from the sewing machine.
Step 3: Make Repairs
Cut a new panel to cover the holes and add glue to the table. Spread the glue evenly.
Then clamp the new board (1/8″ Masonite) in place and let dry overnight.
Step 4: Cut Opening for Drink Bin
Once dry we proceed with cutting out for the drink holder. I make a template:
First, trace around with a marker so the lines can be seen.
Then, use a jigsaw to cut.
A perfect fit! The bin we’re using for our drink station is a Trofast storage bin from Ikea – meant to be used for toy storage. At only $3, this plastic container is affordable and will work great to hold the drinks for our drink station.
Step 5: Glue Down Loose Veneer and Fill Gaps
Because the table was so mangled, there’s still a gap after cutting out the template shape, so we glue a piece of the cutoff to fill the gap. As you’ll see on the video, you can pin nail right through the green tape that holds the piece while the glue is drying.
While that sets up, we prep the rest of the table for wood filler. You can see below how we tape around the hinge area we no longer need.
We also glue down and clamp any loose veneer.
Step 6: Add Wood Filler
There are two types of wood filler we use to fill gaps. One is Famowood. It can be used straight out of the container. We use it for smaller areas.
For the small chips in the veneer you see below, Famowood is great.
The other filler we use is Minwax Wood Filler. It’s a two part epoxy you have to mix first.
Two part epoxy is great for larger areas, like those left by the hinges and edges that will get a lot of wear.
Apply with a putty knife and let dry.
Tip: If the epoxy putty dries on the knife, just sand it off before it hardens too much.
Step 7: Sand drink station
As soon as the wood filler is dry, sand it smooth.
Below is the gap we filled with a piece of wood and wood filler. Once painted, you’d never know there was ever a chunk of wood missing.
Some parts, like the routed edges, you will have to hand sand. 320 grit sandpaper is what we use here.
Step 8: Add Patriotic Decor
When I first removed the front door from the cabinet, the proportions remind me of a flag. With Canada Day coming up, it’s perfectly timed!
So I cut out a maple leaf using adhesive vinyl from the dollar store.
And I stick it onto the front of the door. The vinyl is clear – you can see the shiny contrast of the leaf against the wood below. Tape off the sides with Frogtape. It will ensure you don’t get any bleed through! You can use cheaper tape beyond that.
Then I dry brush brush white paint onto the middle section, covering up the leaf.
Peel off the vinyl sticker to expose the maple leaf.
There are some areas you can still see the wood filler. So I touch up with stain markers. Unfortunately my camera failed so I didn’t capture that process on the video. Here’s before the touch up:
Doesn’t this front panel look cool sporting a jaunty maple leaf?! You could easily change this to an American flag for Independence Day. Just add stars and stripes instead :).
Now to prep for paint!
Step 9: Prep for Paint
I decide I want the legs to remain a light colour so we tape them up. Use Frogtape where you want to prevent bleed through.
Masking tape can be used to hold on the special coated paper can that covers the rest of the legs.
Before painting, I cover the hinge are (for the hinges we ARE keeping) with tape to prevent paint buildup. Additional layers of paint can affect the fit of the hinges.
Here they are after cutting away the excess tape.
Step 10: Paint
Whenever we can, we tint our primer to match the paint colour. That’s because if the finish ever gets scratched, or we miss a spot when spraying, the same colour will show through instead of glaring white.
The paint colour is Benjamin Moore’s Silver Lining. However the topcoat is PPG Breakthrough. We love how fast it dries and how durable it is outside.
For the first time, we’re testing out a new sprayer found at Princess Auto.
Start with the table upside down to get the inside painted first.
Then we flip it right side up and spray the rest.
Now we can start on the top.
You can’t just flip it to spray the other side while it’s still wet, unless you have an invaluable tool!
The most indispensible tool when spray painting are these Painter’s Pyramids. They allow you to spray one side and then flip it to coat the other side.
Once the top is sprayed, we can let it dry to the touch. Then flip it and set it on top of four Painter’s Pyramids.
Pour left over paint back into the container between coats.
Then clean the sprayer.
For the best paint finish, be sure to strain both the primer and the paint first. Lumps can clog the paint cup. But straining will take care of removing those before they can throw a wrench into your flawless finish!
Once the top coat is dry, we’re ready for a clear coat on the unpainted surfaces.
See how crisp the paint is when you remove the Frogtape? Worth.every.penny!
I didn’t feel like taping off the freshly painted surfaces so I brush on the clear coat.
However, we sprayed the now decorative front panel:
Step 10: Reassemble
Let all the pieces dry at least 48 hours. Then the drink station is ready to reassemble!
Look how dull and boring the front panel looked before!
I’m so happy with how the ‘flag’ turned out. It actually looks as if it was re-stained, but nope! With just a little sanding, the addition of the Maple Leaf and clear coat to finish, it looks so bright and cheerful now. That leaf really pops!
The little cubby goes back on the door. It’s just the perfect space to store a bottle opener.
The hinge space can now be revealed again.
And the hinges screwed back on.
Pop in the Stofast bin.
Patriotic Drink Station
Are you ready to party?
I think we all are!
Just add ice and a few choice beverages. When you’re done, remove the bin to drain the water and close it back up again.
I love how versatile sewing machine tables are. To date, we’ve done a coffee table, a Singer Sewing Table Makeover, a tiered plant stand DIY, this Pallet DIY, and last but not least, this Hudson’s Bay Point Blanket Inspired Upcycle (which I think is my favourite). The only thing we haven’t done is turn one of these sewing tables into a bathroom vanity. But I can see this design working in a cabin up North, can’t you?
This upcycled sewing machine table/drink station would make a great side table if you wanted to keep it indoors. Or instead of a drink station, you could use it as a planter table. You could either plant right in it or the flip open lid would be idea for potting plants too!
It generally takes a month for paint and clear coat to cure completely. Since there’s only two weeks until Canada Day, we’ll still need to be careful when we use it. But by Fall, our drink station will be just as relevant sporting its maple leaf and a real convenience around Thanksgiving! Speaking of Fall, check out our Craft Ideas for Autumn.
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