Thursday, March 27, 2014

A New Life for an Old Sewing Machine Cabinet

I'm not one to pass up free furniture, so when my sister offered me two old sewing machine cabinets she had been storing in her garage for years, how could I resist?  One cabinet was in decent shape and is getting a paint job; the other one was a different story.

One side, the top, and two pieces from the front were all I was able to salvage from this poor cabinet that had seen better days.  I was anxious to get started on it and didn't get a picture before the deconstruction.

It was brought back to life with the help of CeCe Caldwell's Seattle Mist and Vintage White paint, wallpaper, glue, and two vintage glass door knobs.

Much better!  I glued and nailed the small piece from the front of the cabinet to the top of the salvaged side for an instant shelf.   

The raised design in the center is nothing more than embossed wallpaper.  I cut out a shape from a much larger piece, wet the back, then pressed it in place.  

After the first coat of paint dried, I worked in small sections and painted on good ol' Elmer's glue in random areas.  To achieve the cracks, I went over it with a second coat of paint before the glue dried completely.  I'm too impatient to watch paint dry, so I used a hair dryer to speed up the process while I watched the cracks magically appear.

Ready for hanging with a couple of hooks and wire.  I have no idea why I painted the back.

Where were all my nice towels when I needed them?  There's about a 1 1/2" gap between the wall and cross bar.....plenty of room for a towel or some pretty vintage linens.

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33 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Love the choice of paint color. It's so funny, when you said the one cabinet was not in good shape I was immediately excited to see what you'd do with it because I knew you'd do something original and great! It would look nice with a vintage linen towel or even grainsack hanging from that bottom bar. The door knobs give it just the right amount of bling. And genius on the wallpaper!

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  2. Wow - Very nice! I also like the addition of the knobs. As always - you did good! :)

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  3. Great repurpose project! I'm loving it, wonderfully creative!

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  4. Great idea. I like the color palette you chose for this piece.

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  5. Positively fantastic,what a wonderful reorganization of pieces!!! I have ton's of embossed wallpaper...what a clever way to use it.

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  6. Love your vision on this!! The wallpaper texture added the perfect finishing touch. Girl, you are GOOD!

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  7. This turned out so great, Betsy! Love the wallpaper idea and crystal knobs...just makes it extra special! Rainy weather here, too...hoping it melts the snow! Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. The wallpaper piece is genius! What a unique wall shelf, I lovelovelove it!

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  9. It looks amazing! something with vintage lace would look incredible. Love the glass door knobs...they are so hard to find now! Enjoy your week!

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  10. Again, so clever.

    You mentioned nice towels, so are you keeping this one?

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  11. What a great redo!! It looks fabulous, and love the color too! You're so good at putting things together, such a cute piece!! :) Happy day to you! xo Holly

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  12. Wow! Don't know how you creative folks do it! Never, ever would have thought of this! Perfect! Love, love, it.

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  13. Wow! Don't know how you creative folks do it! Never, ever would have thought of this! Perfect! Love, love, it.

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  14. Lovely job you did on this old cast-off - you would never guess it was the same piece! Love the colors and the embossed wallpaper idea! xo Karen

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  15. This is just lovely! Your creative vision amazes me...:) Love the color choice and the addition of the textured wallpaper is perfect. Love it...thanks for sharing.

    Blessings, Vicky

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  16. Love the look of this shelf! You always make junk into treasure!

    hugs, Linda

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  17. Well, who knew you can make crackle paint with Elmers glue!!Good golly, I hope I can hold that thought. Nice rescue.

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  18. You need to write a book! Very cute!!!!!

    Xo

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  19. That turned out so cute, Betsy and will make an adorable towel bar! Great save!!

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  20. Oh.My.Gosh! That is brilliant Betsy! What a fab transformation; you really have an eye for taking something destined for the garbage bin and creating a work of art with it. I just love it! I never heard about the glue trick before - awesome effect!

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  21. Just beautiful, Betsy. I love the colors and the pretty knobs were a great choice too.
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  22. Wow! You're good at seeing the vision... and you're good at the completion too!

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  23. Betsy, I got so many great tips from this post. The embossed wallpaper, using glue to crackle, etc. Lots of these old sewing machine cabinets around as they eventually couldn't take the weight of the machine. A terrific recycling idea and a charming way for people to learn how to turn one thing past its original purpose into something needed today. You always do an incredible job.

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  24. Love the embossed wallpaper to add texture. Great upcycle.

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  25. Great recreation, Betsy! I love the addition of the wallpaper and the crystal knobs are perfect. You chose a great color combination! Another winner!!!

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  26. Great save of the old machine cabinet pieces. Love that you added the wall paper piece ... looks original to the piece. The "glue crackle" look so natural too.
    Thanks for visiting Timeless Treasures with a nice comment.
    Audrey Z.

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  27. Oh I missed this...I love it! I can't think out of the box like this...To be able to do that is a creative gift!

    Carol

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  28. Betsy this is the cutest project. I LOVE it! Thank you for sharing at my link party at Redouxinteriors. I am featuring tomorrow! Hope to see you this weekend too!

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  29. What a really cute idea. That looks great with the door knobs.

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