Friday, April 1, 2016

Upcycled Sewing Machine Cabinet Drawers

Don't you just love old sewing machine cabinet drawers?  I've purchased and upcycled several stray drawers over the years, usually by finding them one drawer at a time. I see them all the time in vintage shops and flea markets, but they rarely come home with me because of the high price tags.

upcycled sewing machine drawers
Garden - Soaps - Cottage - Farmhouse
Four old drawers. Four new looks.

vintage sewing machine drawers
This is what I started with. They were a little plain and boring, but who turns down anything with a price tag of $free? Thanks to my mom for passing them along to me after she rescued them at a church rummage sale.

turn an old sewing machine drawer into a chalkboard planter
This drawer was painted with a coat of AS Duck Egg Chalk Paint, then distressed with a wet cloth. Once it was dry, I taped off part of one side and sprayed it with two coats of Rust-Oleum chalkboard spray paint (*affiliate link).

decorate old sewing machine drawers with jute webbing and a stencil
Two of the drawers were updated with a more rustic look with the help of some single letter stencils and strips of jute webbing (*affiliate link). After stenciling each strip of jute webbing, I applied a thick coat of Mod Podge to the back and stuck it directly to the side of the drawer.

use a permanent marker to stencil on jute webbing
These tiny punch-out stencils that I found at a yard sale several months ago finally came in handy. I used an ultra fine point permanent marker to outline the letters and a fine point permanent marker to fill 'em in. Perfectly imperfect.

Upcycled Sewing Machine Drawers
Perfect for planting, organizing bathroom supplies, or for storing bits and pieces of cottage and farmhouse treasures. Now I need to figure out what to do with the broken drawer frames that were part of this package deal.

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  1. Very fun ideas, Betsy! I love sewing machine drawers. Don't find them that often.

  2. Very cute, it's nice to see a variety of ideas in one post. I'm sure you will inspire many to fix that old drawer. Fun ideas, Thanks, Sandi

  3. Hooray for your mom! Love them all but soaps is my fave and i con't articulate why! Hmmm...

  4. These are so cute, Betsy! I love the blue one :) Thank you for sharing! x Karen

  5. oh please, my friend and i were just trying to figure out what to do with UNbroken sewing machine drawer frames - look forward to your idea for yours if you repair and repurpose! love the drawers!

  6. I have one sewing machine drawer and I do love it. My fav's is the planter box! Of course I love that color!!

  7. I love the different ways you decorated these-so creative and useful!

  8. Hi Betsy,
    Thank you for the tip about wiping off the chalk paint with a wet cloth. I still have some blackboard paint in a can, but using the spray makes much more sense. Two weeks ago, I decided I was going to have a Salvaged Treasures Day and spend the whole afternoon going through all the many posts you have published. I love your site.

  9. Love these!! I made over a few sewing machine drawers a few years ago with paint and decoupage. I especially like the garden one with chalkboard paint on the side!! Thanks so much for sharing!!


  10. Your mom's a real doll who knows you oh so well! I've seen these form time to time but didn't know what they were, now I'll have to pay more attention! Love'em all but the pastel green is my favorite! xoKathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

  11. Dangit! I passed up a roll of burlap that looked exactly like that at the Bins this morning. Why did I not know I need that in my stash. 8+(

  12. I love my one and only sewing machine drawer. You have done wonders with these!

  13. Cute idea, especially for orphaned drawers.

  14. I love sewing machine drawers. Yours look fabulous!

  15. These turned out adorable, Betsy - pinned and shared on FB!

  16. They look just wonderful, Betsy! You are lucky to have a mom who finds great stuff for you.
    Have a great and sunny week! :)

  17. These belong in a high end shop, Betsy, they are wonderful and practical as well.

  18. I really like the two drawers with jute webbing... very unique!!! Great job as usual. I like the tip about distressing with a wet cloth.

  19. I love these! I recently distressed with a wet cloth and I love the look and how easy it is. Of course the pale aqua helps your drawer look so good. I have that exact jute webbing and never thought to stencil on it! I always get such great ideas from you. Thanks!

  20. Hi Betsy, I love wooden storage and that is a genious idea!!!! ALso , what a huge surprise to see my blog featured at TALK OF THE TOWN today!!!! WOWSER's!!! Thanks so much for the honor girls! Christine from Little Brags

  21. Betsy these are gorgeous! The turquoise one is my favorite! Pinning.

  22. You did a wonderful job of transforming these - so pretty! I have just one of these drawers - a gift from a friend - and mine is pretty boring compared to yours: I simply spray-painted it white. :-)


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