Tuesday, June 12, 2012

SEW what??

Once again I've gotten busy working on projects, but thought I would add a quick post!  I finished several things this week, but thought I would show you the antique sewing cabinet I did.  I happen to love it :)

This is what it looked like when a very gracious friend of mine donated it to me.  OK, maybe it didn't have all that dust on the top of it, but you get the idea.  The machine inside still works and even has a serial number that dates it back to the late 1940s.  I thought that was pretty cool.  Now the sewer in me was so torn with what to do with this cabinet.  Leave the machine, take it out, leave it in, take it out.  Started to make me feel a little crazy.  Luckily I have lots of creative friends and people I can bounce ideas off of.  Consensus ruled and I took the machine out.  It is in great condition and can be put right back in should the new owner want it.  Felt like that was a good compromise, and something I could live with :)  I also wanted to try something new paint wise.  I LOVE the look of  Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, but have not reached the point in my budget where I can justify spending $40.00 on a quart of paint.  So I decided to Google diy chalk paint and found a recipe that works for me!
Here's what the first coat looked like using Valspar's Gypsy Teal in chalk paint form.
Not too bad, but it could definitely use another a second coat was added, and it looked amazing.  After it dried, I added clear wax and ta-da!

If I could, I would paint everything some version of aqua, teal, or turquoise, but I don't think I can get away with it.  But I think this color really is awesome, and just a little bit of that original wood shows through, without looking totally distressed.  And look at it opened up!
Could be an amazing side table, or craft table, the front drawer hinges open also.  I'm excited to take this down to the shop this week!  Come check it out and see what else I've finished!  Before you do, become a follower and see what else comes of my "creative process".  Time to work on some pillow covers!!


  1. I have my mom's 1960 Kenmore sewing machine in a sewing cabinet. Thanks for the idea, time for a little paint. But think I will leave the machine in it....afraid if I take it out the hubby would toss it.

    1. i put the machine in a safe place, or mine would toss it too :) this one was pretty fun to redo, and i'm glad it gave you inspiration to do yours!!
      you'll have to send me a pic or link when you get it finished :)