While digging in the wood shed for my next project, I landed on this old sewing cabinet that would be perfect for a side table. The poor thing did need a little TLC.
Old Sewing Cabinet into Side Table
The base of the sewing cabinet doesn’t look too bad. But the top was a little rough.
I’m sure I didn’t pay $10 for this old sewing cabinet, but look at that date! I’ve had this thing nearly four years. My goal this Spring and Summer is to hit my stash hard and whittle away at all that stuff I have in storage.
Dismantle Sewing Cabinet to Make Side Table
The first step is to remove the lid and the sewing machine frame leaving just the base of the sewing cabinet. I tossed the frame that held the machine, but I’m saving the lid to reuse as the side table top.
Full disclosure here! I had a hard time removing the hinge on the lid. If you look closely, you will see a small pin on the side of the lid that needs to be removed in order to release the hinge arm.
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Sand Lid of Sewing Cabinet
The lid of the sewing cabinet had a lot of damage, plus the two stickers. I used my orbital sander with 150 grit then 200 grit sandpaper. I’ll show you how well it turned out further down in this post.
Make Repairs Including Tightening Screws
Don’t miss the opportunity to tighten all the screws while you have the lid off.
Paint Sewing Cabinet with Paint Sprayer
Note: I did sand the finish lightly because of the rough finish on the base of the sewing cabinet.
This is after a couple of light coats of the chalky paint.
Because the lid will no longer be operational, there was no need to take the paint all the way to the edge. Why? Because I will be painting the top of the lid a different color.
After the paint is dry, I do a quick dry fit to see how everything is looking.
Smoked Glaze Over Red Paint on Side Table
To tone down the red paint on the side table, I reach for my favorite smoked glaze as a topcoat. The glaze really tones down the bright red color on the side table.
Paint Top of Side Table Black
This black paint will be perfect for the lid!
In this image, you can see how much better the sewing cabinet lid looks. So, just to let you know how much I love the great finish of this paint sprayer. I poured a small amount of black paint in the cup. Yes, it may seem like a lot of work for such a small project, but I wanted a flawless finish on the top for my new side table.
I’ve used this sprayer for so many years, I’ve gotten really fast at cleaning it. Practice really does make perfect!
Do you see it? How perfect is that paint job! And, oh so quick!
Prepare to Attach Lid to Side Table
A couple of the screws were stripped out, so I had to add new pocket holes with my kreg jig.
Secure the lid to the base of the sewing cabinet using pocket hole screws.
Apply Wipe-On Poly
Apply Wipe-On Poly to the top of the sewing cabinet side table to add an extra layer of protection.
Spray Paint Hardware
I decided to spray paint the hardware black to match the top of the side table/sewing cabinet.
Are you loving the color combination as much as I am?
Currently, I’m staging all my projects in The Sugar Shack. It’s really getting full of projects!
Sewing Cabinet into Side Table or Writing Desk?
Paired with my easy weave chair, the sewing cabinet side table makes a great writing desk!
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Writing Desk made from a Sewing Cabinet