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.
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.
A 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.
And 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!)
I 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.
Once 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.
I 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.