Thanks to Eve of Reduction for sharing this sewing cabinet bar with us! I love how it turned out, don't you?
Hi Gail! It's so good to be back as a guest blogger on My Repurposed Life! This sewing cabinet project I am especially excited about sharing because sewing cabinets are something that I've seen a lot of in the past and have passed up because I wasn't seeing beyond their intended use. Now that I've upcycled this cabinet into a fun and useful drinks serving station, I would definitely seek out these cabinets in the future.
I purchased this sewing cabinet for $35 from an estate sale because I really liked the character of the piece. Since the machine was not in working condition, I bought it only for the cabinet. My first move was to remove the old, built-in sewing machine and recycle it for cash. The machine netted me $5.55 in scrap metal payout.
I was torn between two design directions: a sewing cabinet bar cart or a game table. The answer was clear to go with the bar cart idea after I removed the machine. The top of the cabinet was on hinges that allowed it to open to the left. With the machine gone, the cabinet easily tipped over in the open position. I needed to detach the top and therefore upcycled it into a removable serving tray.
How to Make a Sewing Cabinet Bar
I decided to do a distressed look on the cabinet using Vaseline. Vaseline prevents the top layer of paint from sticking and therefore you can achieve an easy worn look and interesting brush strokes with transparency to the under coat.
Paint the Sewing Cabinet
Distress Paint with Vaseline
Apply Dark Top Coat of Paint
Make Tweaks to Inside of Sewing Cabinet Bar
This repurposed sewing cabinet bar with removable serving tray is all ready for the holiday season!
Thank you Cristin for sharing a wonderful repurposed project with us today. You are so right, these sewing cabinets are easily found at thrift stores, on the side of the road, and most importantly, asking family members! I love your bar cart!
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hi, this came out awesome! quick question... did you leave the hole in the top where the machine would sit once flipped up? and did you fill in the hinge holes once you decided not to keep the top attached?
this isn't my project, it was a guest post. I'm assuming that you are correct in both instances. If you look closely at the very small picture where the door is open, you can barely see that the hole in the top is still there. And if I were to do this, I would fill the hinge holes.
I hope this helps.
It's a great idea and I love the final color 🙂
Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
looks awesome!!! i love the black with red peeking through!
I love the transformation! It is so pretty with the black and red! Going to check out more!
How cute is that...and I love the vaseline trick. Nice....hope your shoulder is doing well.
Full Circle Creations
Corn in my Coffee-Pot
Nice. Turned out great...went over to read some more!
Wild Oak Designs
Wow! Very clever, and it looks wonderful! Makes me want to look for more of these old treasures!!
Excellent, heading over to pin it.
Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal
That is a fantastic idea for those cabinets! I have passed up quite a few of them. I will look at them in a new light now. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!
I Play Outside The Box
That looks great. Wouldn't someone with a teeny studio apartment go crazy for something like this!!
This is adorable...how many sewing cabinets have I passed up at various sales. Now I have to rethink that! Beautiful job!
LOVE the idea. I have an old sewing cabinet sitting in the barn already refinished, but I never put the the pieces back together because I just wasn't sure what to do with it! You've inspired me!!!
Karen @ Dogs Don't Eat Pizza
That is beautiful! I saw a sewing table at a thrift store yesterday...maybe I should go back and get it! Thank you for sharing this idea.