This sewing cabinet belonged to my mother-in-law, and was given to us, after she passed away a few years ago. I decided to go ahead and give it a makeover and put it in the craft room. The sewing machine was still in it, so my husband took it out so I could refinish the cabinet. In this post I’ll be sharing How to Refinish a Sewing Cabinet with Stencils.
I started working on this and noticed the top was covered in veneer. The veneer was perfectly in tact, and I was planning on sanding it very carefully so I could re-stain the veneer. However, I was also curious if there was real wood underneath. My husband and I investigated the top and found there was real wood under the veneer, so the veneer was taken off. The top was sanded and prepped, so it could be stained.
The real wood on top was stenciled with my hand drawn flowers, and then stained with Dark Walnut, and sealed with a couple of coats of polyurethane. The body and legs were sanded lightly, so they could be painted with, you got it, Satin Latex paint tinted to Natural Tan. The bottom was also distressed and sealed with finishing wax.
This was actually the second sewing cabinet I’ve refinished. The first one I bought a long time ago at a flea market. I painted it and used it as a table for a while, but it’s now been repurposed into a little vanity/sink for the bathroom.
So what do you think? Do you have one of these vintage sewing cabinets? Have you refinished it or are you wanting to keep it the same? If you were to refinish one of these cabinets, how would you do it? Would you try to stain it or paint it or both? I hope this inspires you in your creative endeavors.
Thanks so much for sharing How to Refinish a Sewing Cabinet with Stencils!!