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Tuesday
Oct022012

Upcycled Sewing Machine Storage Cabinet

What secrets does this overhauled sewing machine cabinet hold???

The back looks normal.........

Ahhhh!  I created a storage box inside the cabinet where the "guts" used to be.  I used an old aluminum catering tray and some old square yardsticks surround the opening.  I created a faux label that adorns the inside of the top lid.

But there's more!....

The secret compartment is the old sewing storage drawer.  I also created a shelf inside to utilize all that space better.  I modified some ornate molding/trim to make a nice front edge for the shelf.

Now, to back up a bit.  After gutting the old components (broken), I made some small repairs and prepped the surface for the first coats of paint.  I used Annie Sloan chalk paint on this project first starting with Arles Orange in two coats over the whole piece.  Next I laid on two coats of ASCP in the color Florence (my new favorite).  After all the painting, I wet sanded all the detail in for the distressing phase.  I used one of those 3M green scouring thin pads.  They are my new best friends.  Lastly, I waxed it with clear and dark Annie Sloan wax and then buffed.  Now it's ready for a new home and on the market!

These custom items, along with my other creations, are available in the GadgetSponge Etsy Shop and at Timeline Antiques in Shreveport, LA!

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Reader Comments (4)

I love how this piece looks! Especially love that color. :) I FLIPPED when I saw that skinny drawer in this desk. My husband's desk has the same skinny drawer and he made such a big deal over it... he loves it. haha Here's his desk with the skinny drawer: http://www.salvagedspaces.com/2012/04/circle-drawer-desk.html

October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie @ Salvaged Spaces

Thanks Leslie! That little drawer is so cool. I like your husband's modern take on the sewing cabinet with the top design and such!

October 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergadgetsponge

Beautiful item!! Do you have any deets regarding the history of the cabinet itself? I just bought one identical to this at the local goodwill, and am interested in learning the brand and the year. Mine didn't come with the sewing machine, but has a "Good Housekeeping" seal of approval with serial no. 2071. If I had the sewing machine I might be able to learn more. I plan to re-purpose it as a vanity for my bedroom. I will re-wire the electrical cables, and install a power strip inside for blow dryer, flat iron, etc.

Thanks for sharing!

November 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLuAnna

Hello there LuAnna! So glad you stopped in. I'm afraid I don't know anymore than you do. And I don't think mine had the sticker on it. But that's a bonus for sure. I'm guessing the serial number was independent of the seal of approval. And the serial number was from the manufacturer but I can't be certain. It's a fine piece for sure with beautiful detailing. I loved the somewhat hidden drawer in there. I guess they held your needles, threads, bobbins, etc.

Good luck with you overhaul. I'm sure it's going to be beautiful!

November 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrian of GadgetSponge

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