Old sewing machine cabinet revamped into Sideboard – Bar – Kitchen Island

The original photo of this piece ‘as I bought it’ has looooooooooooooooooooong since disappeared unfortunately.  It was a LOVELY sewing machine cabinet that we bought super cheaply on our maiden trip to the big Buxton rummage sale.  

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Visualize this baby without the elongated top and in a beautiful dark walnut brown.   These old sewing machine cabinets (sans their machines!) make really nice lamp tables (you can cut down the legs if you want them shorter) or entry way tables or plant stands  . . . . LOTS of potential uses.

10.25.13 BOTH + etsy + projects 074Repainted or left in their original condition.  This one WAS usable ‘as we bought it’, but then it kept getting shoved to the back of the storage shed until eventually the top warped beyond repair.

10.25.13 BOTH + etsy + projects 073A damaged top doesn’t curb MY enthusiasm for an item though!  And SINCE we had to remove the old top and cut a new one, we had the opportunity to ‘reinvent’ this piece in the process!I decided that a BIGGER top was in order.

10.25.13 BOTH + etsy + projects 076And INITIALLY I had asked Michael to cut a top that extended over the base on all FOUR sides, turning it into a tall table that kitchen counter stools would fit under.   I wanted to paint the base BEFORE Michael attached the newly cut larger top (just easier to paint that way).  And in that process I discovered that the door on the front actually OPENED!  Which opened up a lot more options for usage!  (pun intended!)

10.25.13 BOTH + etsy + projects 077With all that storage space accessible from the front, I decided that the new top should only extend over the base at the SIDES.  Making it usable as a BAR or a SIDEBOARD or even as a KITCHEN ISLAND!

10.25.13 BOTH + etsy + projects 078I did remove all the knobs for painting and distressing purposes.  Had to paint and distress them separately.  Don’t usually re-use the SAME knobs on pieces, but theses were so close together that anything bigger or flashier would have been over-kill.

10.25.13 BOTH + etsy + projects 079Once I got the base painted (inside and out) and the outside properly distressed and the knobs back on, it was time for Michael to attach the new top.  Then time for me to paint and distress the top.  Since the base had such dark wood  showing through on the distressed parts,  I gave the new top a dark brown base coat before the aqua top coat and distressing.

P1090552And here she is, in my booth at Stars.  

P1090607Lots of room under the extended sides to store extra little tables.  I put a shelf and two tiered stand on top and set it up like a dessert buffet.  

P1090553I thought about putting some stuff INSIDE the cupboard, but was afraid it would get overlooked and all get broken when someone bought it.  Because it is on the outside edge of my booth, I can’t leave the door open.  So I added a special little tag so everyone would know that it DOES open up for extra storage.

P1090554I can’t believe what a perfect fit these little tables that were already in my booth, fit underneath!

P1090555Priced at just $119.00, it would make a great Christmas gift for that person who does a lot of entertaining! 

P1090561Just added a bunch more dessert, cake and cupcake stands too.



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3 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Hi AJ, I’m Cristin from eveofreduction.com. I’ll be featuring this project on my blog 3/21. Awesome project!

  2. Did you see the Smithsonian article about this cabinet style? Sad that you could not save it.

    • MOST of the items that I make over are not in good enough condition to be saved. Nowhere near the quality or TRUE antiques. On this sewing table we had to replace the entire top.


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