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“Hoonnneeeeyyy!” My grandma used to yell this to my grandpa when she was sewing occassionally. See, the really old sewing machines didn’t used to have the safety foot thingy over the needle and it was much easier for a person to accidentally sew their finger while guiding material under the needle. OUCH! So when I inherited this sewing cabinet, I immediately became attached to it. It reminded me of my grandmother, reminded me of how my grandfather would come to her rescue, and it’s a handy size for a giant house or a tiny duplex. The only drawback is that the finish was looking severely rough. At one time we had my oldest’s son’s fish tank on it and made the finish even worse.
*****Ok, now flash to my duplex***** I’ve been wanting a little place to use as an “office” in this place. And literally, the only wall/corner/etc left not being used in this house was the corner by the window in my bedroom. From the window to the bathroom door jam is about 2 feet 6 inches, and I needed something only as deep as about 20 inches or left. Then I remembered my grandma’s sewing cabinet being in our storage unit and decided to get to work.
First, I realized after sitting in front of it that the top height was just a little too tall for where I would want my arms to rest while working on my laptop. So I had to take to top off…
I opened it up and removed the hinges and saved these for later. Then my husband removed the other top piece with a block of wood and and hammer(Stanley 51-616 16 Ounce Hickory Handle Nailing Hammer). Then I removed the interior metal working that used to lift up the sewing machine…
Now was time to prep the cabinet for painting. First I sanded it with a rough grit sandpaper(3M 9005NA 9-Inch by 11-Inch Aluminum Oxide Sandpaper, Assorted). The top was in very bad shape so I wanted to make sure and strip this as much as possible. Then I wiped off and cleaned all the dust off of it.
Then I painted it with a can of oops paint I had picked up a long time ago for the cheap. It wasn’t exactly the shade of red I was expecting but works! After the paint had completely cured (about 24 hours), I put the solid top back on and now have a little hidden compartment to store things for my laptop. For office supplies I got some cute little metal containers from the Dollar Tree. Another nostalgia part about this little desk area is that I paired it with a chair that my husband inherited from his grandmother. Luckily, it came with the blue seat and helps tie the area with my new blue, red tan, and off white comforter. Perfect!
Here are the before and after pictures… I’m lovin’ it!
What do you think? Like it? Do you have a sewing cabinet makeover? Please leave a message in the comments below! 🙂