This has certainly been my favorite DIY project for under $75. I wanted to create a unique dining table for our odd sized kitchen. I decided to pair the vintage Singer sewing machine base with a modern top and chairs — it's an extremely easy project for a fantastically low price.
Buying an entire dining set for under $75 is nearly impossible. I like this DIY because it is completely mix and match. Try a different tabletop or keep it retro with vintage chairs. With the help of Craigslist and a great sale at Target, I put everything together for nearly half the price I had expected to pay. The best part is how easy this DIY table is!
- Singer (or other brand) sewing machine table base
- Table top from IKEA
- 2 chairs of your choice
Step 1: (Image 2, above)
Grab a tabletop of any size from IKEA. We chose a longer, narrow tabletop to match our space. Ours only set us back $20. The IKEA wood isn't strong enough to hold your screws if you pre-drill. Make sure to not pre-drill any holes in your tabletop.
Step 2: (Image 3, above)
Find an antique cast iron sewing table base. We found ours on Craigslist for only $15. If you don't have luck on Craigslist, try scouring estate sales or thrift stores to find an equally low price.
Step 3: (Image 4, above)
Measure and match the bottom of the board to the top of the base. Luckily, these bases were pre-made with holes to accommodate tabletops. You should need a fairly hefty screw to compensate for the weight of the base. Make sure to not get a screw longer than your tabletop is thick!
Step 4: (Image 5, above)
Drill screws through the table base into the tabletop. Don't forget to use a washer for more security. When you move your table to its permanent location, make sure to pick it up from the base. Since the base is cast iron, a cheap IKEA tabletop will not
be able to carry the weight of the base alone.
Enjoy your new table! We decided to pair our table with modern chairs from Target. We sprung on a set that was $35 for two
. (sale in stores only)
Images: Meg Lewis