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April 16, 2013

MCM Sewing Table Makeover And How To Fix Missing Trim With Clay

I picked up this Mid Century Modern Sewing Table for a song at a local sewing machine store and I've had it for over two decades. Up until now, it was kept out of sight in the basement. You may be wondering if it's an MCM Broyhill Brasilia, it's not. Which made painting it guilt free.


Sewing Table Makeover

It was definitely a high maintenance makeover but the efforts to make it beautiful again was worth it. 


Mid Century Modern Sewing Table Makeover and How To Fix Missing Trim With Clay


This is now it looked when I started, peeling laminate, dinged and scratched.


What I didn't know until placing it on the workshop table was that a piece of the trim was missing. I hoped it had been whacked off while moving it into the workshop (it's heavy y'all) but after several unsuccessful attempts at finding the missing piece I had to come up with a plan to repair it.


Making a mold for missing trim

Feeling defeated I decided to toss this project aside. The following morning while enjoying my morning coffee and browsing through Pinterest, I found a tutorial by Kim at Reposhture on how to replace missing trim using baking clay. Say what?

Coffee in hand, I immediately began the task of building up the walloped trim and no, it's not a present from the cat.


How to replace missing trim using baking clay

Using Sculpey Baking Clay I made a cast from the undamaged trim on the other door. Once I got a good impression, I stuffed the cavity with foil so it wouldn't flatten during the baking process (see photo above). I baked the cast for 30 minutes following the instructions on the package.

After it cooled and hardened I sprinkled the cavity with baby powder (to avoid sticking) and filled it with more baking clay to create a mold. After repeating the baking and cooling process, I have a rough piece of missing trim (see picture below).


I used sandpaper to smooth out the rough bits until I got the perfect fit. Then I glued the trim onto the sewing table with E6000 glue and clamped it in place overnight.


I filled any voids between the original and clay trim with Dynamic Dyna Patch and let it dry nice and hard. Using a mouse sander with a fine grit sandpaper I removed the excess clay. Once it's painted you will never know it was missing.


In the meantime, I applied two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ in the color Graphite. What I love about this chalk paint is not only the fast drying time...or that it has no VOC's...or the array of beautiful colors...but it requires no prep...no priming...and bonds to almost any surface. What's not to love about that.

Sorry, took this pic with my phone and a shaky hand

After the filler dried, I applied the Graphite chalk paint to the raised panels on the doors as well and it instantly removed any evidence of the trim being replaced. 

Normally I would protect the chalk paint with clear wax but because this table will be getting a lot of use and I was concerned about wax residue staining fabrics, as a precautionary measure, I opted for three coats of matte polyurethane.

My first attempt at silver leafing

Rather than use metallic paint, I decided to try my hand at silver leafing on the recessed parts of the sewing table doors.

Silver Leaf
Left side is Burnished - Right side without burnishing
It was surprisingly easy and I quite enjoyed the process. The trick was picking up the leaf by overlaying a piece of wax paper onto the leaf while still in the book. It stuck to the wax paper as I flipped it upside down onto the tacky sized surface and gently rubbed with a round tip brush.

Deciding the patina was a little too shiny, I burnished the leaf (see the comparison photo above) using very fine 0000 Grade steel wool in a circular motion. I followed this process with an application of silver leaf sealer.

Having read my tutorial, have I inspired you to attempt using baking clay to replace missing trim or appliques?

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