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 to build this old sewing machine table.
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!