Friday, March 22, 2013

Sewing Cabinet Revamp

I am finally down to the last few pieces in my shop. Ironically this cabinet was one of the first pieces I purchased when I started redoing furniture about a year and a half ago.   I think at the time I was so excited to do something...anything, that I wasn't too particular about what I bought.  Actually, when I went to see it in person I thought "eh", but, being new to the whole buying game, felt a little pressure because I had told the lady I would take it over the phone.  (I've learned a lot since then!!)

When I got it home I had a little buyer's remorse as I had no idea what to do with it!  It's been sitting in my shop holding my screwdrivers and collecting dust for the last 16 months.  Poor thing!

Well, I decided it was finally time to face my demons (you know--the ones that say, "It's too ugly!  You can't do anything with THAT!")  Oh, you don't hear those??  Forget I said anything, then. ;)

My inspiration finally came from these cute pillows I splurged for and bought off of Etsy.  

I just love the linen and the French Graphic (see this post).

  I actually took the pillow in and color matched it @ Sherwin Williams  (off of a card because you cannot get an accurate color from fabric).  I chose Accessible Beige and then added a little Intellectual Gray that I already had to take a little of the "pink" out of it.  

Here she is in all of her glory!  I know--bad, huh?  What was I thinking?!?  Oh my!!



I started sanding the top off (like I always do) and discovered a beautiful piece of cherry veneer!  I knew I wanted it to be dark (and cherry is a dark wood anyway) so I stained it Dark Walnut by Minwax and then gave it 3 coats of a semi-gloss poly.

*tip: when staining a top and painting the body I always sand and stain first (so you don't accidentally get stain on your new paint--cuz that stinks!)

Who knew that was under all that dust and yuck?!!

 After I painted the body I lightly painted the legs white and then sanded through--I don't do this look often because it doesn't fit my type A personality (wink, wink)  but I love it!  For some reason it reminds me of old Italian paintings  (why?  don't ask me--just does!)

 I adore her curvy bottoms!  I didn't prime this one so the paint looks very chippy--my favorite!

 I love the graphic on the pillow and thought it was the perfect thing to add to the door just to give it some interest.

 More chippy goodness!

 I've had just as much fun doing the insides as I have doing the outsides!  Can you tell I'm longing for warmer weather?!!  I gave it a little beachy feel. :)

I'm still contemplating keeping her as I need a new bedside table....we'll see...

 (guess I'm not keeping it!)

Ann @ Stylish Once Again  and
Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule
featured this little cabinet.

Thank you so much ladies!



  1. Keep it, it's gorgeous! You did a wonderful job.

  2. Definitely a keeper. Beautiful piece...Connie

  3. I love this! I even liked it in its before state, altho' I can see why the "voices" were questioning your sanity, er, decision to purchase it LOL! It looks beautiful - no wonder it sold so quickly! Hugs, Leena

  4. I think your sewing cabinet had great lines to start with. I love to find pieces and see what they could look like after in my mind. I'm really loving your cabinet, she would have made a great night stand. Think I would have put another shelf inside also to keep books, etc. tidier. Loved the beachy shelf. Happy Easter

  5. The cabinet looks great! Good job.

  6. Wow! This turned out so amazing!
    Thanks for Shari g at Through My Creative Mind

  7. It's gorgeous and I can see why it sold so quickly! Sharing later today on Facebook! Thanks so much for linking up to ITS PARTY TIME! Hugs, Clydia

  8. What a lovely piece. No wonder it sold. You did a fabulous job. I liked the graphic you used.
    Have a great week,

  9. I don't understand why you put it off for so long. It's such a neat piece! You made it even neater! Someone will really enjoy it. Love the chippy look!

  10. Admirable work and I, too, don't understand why you put it off so long. The lines are graceful and the possibilities were many.
    I imagine this one sold for enough to buy quite a number of french-y pillows.....

  11. Hi Lisa, visiting from the party at Project Inspire - this looks wonderful! This is motivating me to do something with an old piece I have. Thanks for sharing and have a great week!

  12. I love how you aged this piece ~ perfection!

    Thanks for sharing at Project Inspire{d} ~ another pin :)

  13. I definitely have some of those pieces that I'm not sure what I'll do to make them look good. Love that your inspiration was a pillow! This piece turned out perfect and I love the surprise of the stripes on the inside. Congrats on a quick sale! Blessings, Patti

  14. Looks great. I LOVE that inside shelf!

  15. Oh ...I love this piece. Love the graphic patter on the front. Just lovely!

  16. What an adorable table. It's perfect inside and out. Thanks for sharing at Restyled Sundays!

  17. Gorgeous!!! I love it. You did a fabulous job. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent! Always thrilled to see your awesome work. Have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Easter!

  18. How adorable! You are just cranking out the cute projects. Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays.

  19. Hi Lisa,
    I just wanted to stop by and let you know that your sewing cabinet is one of my features tonight in the Project Inspire{d} Linky party! Love it! Hope you have a great week!


  20. This turned out beautiful. Gorgeous job.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

  21. Really cute - a great makeover as you took a homely piece and made her beautiful! Love that graphic, too!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change


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