When my husband and I moved to Brooklyn, we knew we still wanted a dining room table, but we had to downsize. We Craigslist-ed our previous dining room table and began the search for a dining room table that had as much pre-war character as our new apartment. My mother had purchased a Singer sewing machine (circa 19020's) from an antique store, but hadn't used it in a long time, so she offered this as an option. Her idea was to use the base and remove the original sewing machine top, as this was hardly an eating surface. I found an Ikea table top for $19.99, and along with my family's assistance, we affixed the new table top to the base, added a runner, and Voila! We're pretty darn proud of it, we must admit, and it's now our favorite piece of furniture!
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Idea sent by Courtney Foster-Donahue !