Monday, April 25, 2011

Sewing Machine Cabinet Upcycle

I lucked up and got this wonderful sewing machine cabinet for just dollars at our local Salvation Army store. I knew it just had to have a new life, the cabinet had such great details and was in really good shape. The sewing machine was one of those old heavy Singer Machine.. didn't work but that was fine. I just wanted the cabinet.  It opens in the middle and had a cute pop out drawer.
I wanted a hutch on it so I made this one, very simple made a box out of some reclaimed 1x6s, added 2 shelves and a paneling backboard.  I attached it to the top with some screws.  
I sanded it, then painted it black, waxed the edges, painted it a creamy white, sanded the edges so the black would come through then went over it with a dark stain, wipe on wipe off.    I added a few of the metal parts of the sewing machine to the cabinet just for fun.  The metal plate at the top was the facing off of the sewing machine and the hinges on the bottom shelf  was off of one of the sides.  I also added a shelf  under the bottom, its kinda narrow but there is room for a flat tray,  I used a piece of  trim to cover the edge of the plywood. I'm happy with it, taking to my booth on Sat. I hope someone will love it and want to take it home.


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  2. Wow! What a wonderful find! You did a wonderful job. You are very creative.

  3. Wow you did all that by yourself? great job it looks fantastic. keep em coming. talented
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  4. I have my grandma's old sewing table (very similar to this one) and have been thinking of refinishing it. In fact, just told my husband yesterday that I was thinking of this. I've also been wanting a hutch type thing to go in a corner of my kitchen, but didn't have the money to buy one. I think you just answered both my questions! Should I refinish my sewing table, and what could I put in that corner in place of a hutch? Thanks for such a great idea!

  5. Love it. I'll never pass one up again after seeing your project!

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