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I am back again with another Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest project and I’m so happy this month theme is “Class It Up” because I had an awesome piece of furniture I was wanting to refinish a long time ago! Not only that but also this month sponsor is the fabulous D. Lawless Hardware! If you have not heard about them before, they are an online retailer of cabinet and furniture hardware which have tons of amazing different products at an unbeatable price. I used their lovely label pulls for this faux card catalog so now you can understand my excitement when I was told the news.
In our last trip to Barcelona, my mom had a surprise for me… It was an old sewing cabinet that used to belong to my grandma and that I loved since I was a kid. I always asked her to keep it for me, and she always said that I could take it whenever I wanted. So this time when we came to visit her we had the car with us, and that allowed us to take the sewing cabinet with us as well because we would take the ferry back. It was the best opportunity ever! No way we would take it on a plane…
It used to look like this as long as I can remember
Isn’t it gorgeous?? Look at its shapes. We are not sure but it may be around 80 years old and as you can see it has been painted previously. My mom even remembers her dad painting it, it’s all in the genes!!
It needed some serious work because it was pretty but in not a good shape.
From all the chips I was able to see up to three different layers of paint.
I grab the paint stripper, my mask and went to work. I was too impatient and didn’t let the stripper sit enough I was able to remove only one layer, the top one.The light color would be the second one, count with me.
Then a different color appeared below it, it would be the third layer.
And the gray one would be the fourth!! Not three but four layers of paint. I told you, painting is in my genes!! Also, some veneer had to be removed.
Finally the wood was showing up, I could see the light at the end of the tunnel! That was only for the top, I didn’t want to think about the whole cabinet…
I kept working as positively as I could, but I admit I cursed and snorted from time to time.
Not too many details on this drawer, right? Wait until you see the after
Originally, the sewing cabinet must have had a key but it was lost long time ago and I decided to transform it, so I closed the inserts with some wood.
I also used wood filler for the cracks
It ended up looking like this, and now the fun part began.
I filled all the holes, let it dry and sanded it. Then I took some of my favorite paint and painted it. I mixed Buttermilk and Oyster White (1 part of BM and 2 parts of OW ratio) from Old Fashioned Milk Paint and got a lovely color.
I had an idea wondering my mind, so I cut a piece of wood and found an old tank that would look great for what I was planning.
I stapled the batting and did the same with the fabric.
The pin cushion was damaged too, so it needed a fix as well
Really easy, I removed the old fabric and stapled some more batting.
I did the same with a piece of that lovely fabric, and hot glue some red trimming I had.
Isn’t it cute?
That was the idea I had on my mind. The mirror wasn’t in good shape as well, so I hot glued the wood on it to cover it and to use it as a big pin cushion. My oldest daughter loves to sew and she’s the one who uses the sewing cabinet; she keeps there all her bits and pieces and I’m sure covering the mirror will be practical for her.
Here it is finished, I am in love with it even more than before!
The hardware is just gorgeous, I really like it has now two matching pulls.
I painted the inside of the cabinet and decoupaged some damask paper on it.
I had designed some tags to keep my grandma ribbons and fabric. It is a romantic French style design you can find here.
The little fabric book was a present from a friend to keep needles, scissors, pins and many other things. It was totally handmade so it has a special place in my heart.
I look at it and wonder what my grandparents would think about it. I hope they would like it as much as I do.
Do you remember when I showed you the picture of one drawer? It seemed it had no details but look at it now.
I wish you enjoyed my sewing cabinet transformation!! You can see some of the projects our hosts have done this month, like Colleen‘s.
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