Furniture Makeover | Upcycled Vintage Sewing Table

My mom bought this sewing table at a yard sale many years ago. She tried to re-finish the wood and added a dark cherry varnish but it was not done right. She gave the table to me in dire need of a makeover.

So I sanded it, which took forever. The coat of varnish was not an even coat and underneath that was the original finish that had to go as well. I painted the table with Rust-Oleum Spray Paint in Satin Ivory Silk and the drawer handles with Rust-Oleum Spray Paint in Gloss Black.

Originally I wanted to go bold and paint it all red but I changed my mind because I thought pairing the cream and black would look more classic.

This sewing table isn't really used like it should be because I also put my laptop on it and my sewing machine isn't the right kind to be placed inside the designated compartment. It's a really good table regardless and I intend to use it however I can.

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Fresh Fig Spice Cake | RECIPE

It's Fig season, least for my tree it is. They are ripening so fast and I'm scrambling to find more recipes to use them all.

Yeah, they're okay on their own but I wanted muffins. I couldn't find my muffin tin though so here's a simple cake.

*My fresh fig spice cake recipe was adapted from this recipe.
  • 1 pound fresh figs (roughly 8 medium sized figs)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan (You could use a regular spring form pan too though). Cut your figs into slices and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and poppy seeds; set aside.

3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, add the cream of tartar then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk mixture. Fold in the sliced figs. Pour into your prepared pan.
4. Bake in the preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

5. Enjoy!

P.S. You can add lemon zest for extra aroma and/or substitute buttermilk with yogurt. Also the original recipe calls for walnuts so you can do that. You can also puree the figs if you want them evenly distributed throughout the cake. For added sweetness give the cake an icing or dusting of powered sugar.

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