Last weekend Brian’s folks gifted us with this antique sewing machine that had been used by three generations since his great-grandmother purchased it more than 100 years ago. It had been stored in their basement after being used for its original purpose into the 1970s.
When Brian’s mom offered it to me, I couldn’t let the chance to have something that had belonged to our kid’s great-great-grandmother go by, even though I wasn’t sure where I’d use it. Although we have a lot of “vintage” furnishings, most are thrifted or road-side finds. I’ve seen these old machines used as side tables, though, so I was pretty sure I could find a place for it.
When we got it home and measured, I found the perfect place: as my new bedside table.
I had originally been thinking about taking the table that Brian is using as a desk for a bedside table, but it would’ve been a tight fit – and it needs refinishing and repainting.
As if I don’t have enough on my unfinished list. Plus, Brian has taken months to find a new desk and now has decided to make one…which means more months. Hey, as long as it’s not on my list, I’m OK, I’m just tired of waiting.
Happily, the size of this old sewing machine works nicely, and I love the history of it and using it in a new way.
The small drawers closest to the bed are perfect for holding the things I use nightly – reading glasses, lip balm, lotion, bookmarks, and a notepad and pen (for any ideas that hit me when I can’t sleep!).
The other drawers hold the original accessories we found in the drawers when we opened them, including an adorable little metal oil can, needles, and this carved box. They don’t make things like this anymore, do they?
There are a ton of different feet and needle plates. I’m not sure if they all came with the machine or were added to over the years.
By the way, my vintage-y PB phone looks fun on it, don’t you think? I do believe I need an old alarm clock now, don’t I?
So here’s our master bedroom right now. I sorta wish the dresser we moved in here a few months ago was a darker finish, but that’s not on my horizon any time soon. I’m planning on moving the large thrift store oil painting to another wall, and hanging a rectangular mirror over the treadle sewing machine to balance Brian’s dresser mirror. With the rectangles on each side, should I find something round for above the bed?
I’ve been happy with our bedroom for so long, but wouldn’t you know, both of these bedside changes have me thinking of making a few updates. So here’s my new to-do list for this room:
- Move oil painting to another wall
- Hang mirror over sewing machine
- Find something for over the bed
- Find new lamps (I’ve actually been looking for awhile…)
- Think about doing this diamond treatment on the wall above the bed…?
- Add pops of coral: throw pillows, a throw for the chair, accessories, maybe paint new thrifted lamps?
- Bigger container/basket for treadmill table to hide outlet and cords
What do you think? Would you add something round over the bed or maybe a worn-looking shelf?
(Oh, by the way – because there was part of the original manual in one of the drawers, we know that the machine is a Wheeler and Wilson No. 9 – a later version from around 1905. WW was purchased a just few years later by Singer)