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Giving a Makeover to an Old Sewing Machine Cabinet

Sewing Machine Cabinet Makeover

I found an old sewing machine in a cabinet (for FREE!) last month. I love old sewing machines and the cabinets they come in because they are so awesome to use! I decided to give the sewing machine cabinet a makeover because it was looking a little worse for wear.

Sewing Machine Cabinet Makeover - Featured Image

Sewing Machine Cabinet Makeover - Cabinet Side View

I started by removing the sewing machine from inside the cabinet and let me tell you, that sucker was heavy! It is definitely all metal and perfect for heavy-duty use! I removed the top covers and the door, then sanded the cabinet down using 220 grit sandpaper.

Sewing Machine Cabinet Makeover - Cabinet Before

Sewing Machine Cabinet Makeover - Cabinet Sanded

I decided I wanted to use chalk paint to paint the cabinet and in all honesty, it was a mistake. I never seem to have good luck with chalk paint and this particular brand just didn’t work well. It was too thick, dried too quickly and showed brush strokes but since I plan on keeping the cabinet, it doesn’t matter that much. (This particular paint would be suitable for small projects but not large-scale projects!) I used two coats of the paint then sealed it with a water-based polyurethane. (As a side note, I did follow the directions on the can of paint and used a quality brush but just don’t have good luck with it!)

Sewing Machine Cabinet Makeover - Paint

On the front of the cabinet are two knobs and a faux keyhole plate. I painted all three pieces with white spray paint then put them back on the front of the cabinet. I also painted the spring buttons on the top cover and the door.

Sewing Machine Cabinet Makeover - Front Hardware

Sewing Machine Cabinet Makeover - Keyhole Plate

I replaced the door and the covers, and after a makeover of its own I replaced the sewing machine.

Sewing Machine Cabinet Makeover - Top Covers

An old sewing machine cabinet has been turned into a fabulous piece with a couple coats of paint!

Now the cabinet is ready for use in my new craft room! The sewing machine cabinet makeover was super-easy but next time, I will stick with regular paint and steer clear of the chalk paint!

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