Friday, January 25, 2013

Vintage Sewing Box

This once-loved sewing box called out to me
while I was shopping in a wonderful
Ohio antique store.
"Pick me!  Pick me!" it said.
(Really! Things like this talk to me.)
All this small beauty needed
was some creative TLC.
Sewing boxes like this one are  easy to find
 and even easier to upcycle.
enamel spray paints in white primer, black, and clear gloss,
paint brush, Mod Podge, scissors,
about 7 to 8 coordinating scrapbooking papers (12"x12" cardstock),
two small drawer knobs, E-6000 glue.
1. Clean your vintage box of any dirt or dust with a cleaner like Murphy Oil Soap.  Sanding is only necessary if your piece is heavily varnished.  Dry thoroughly.
2.  Remove the lid handles/hardware.
3. Coat the box with an enamel spray paint primer (white).  Let dry thoroughly.
4.  Coat the box with an enamel spray paint color that coordinates with your scrapbooking paper selections.  Let dry.
4. Measure each lid.  Using Mod Podge, adhere the measured and cut cardstock to each lid.  After the Mod Podge dries, measure the bottom of the round box.  Adhere the measured and cut cardstock to the box bottom with Mod Podge.  (I used two different pieces of cardstock and had them meet at the middle of the bottom.  The paper seam can't be seen unless the box is picked up.)
The shape of the flat box sides were easy to trace onto cardstock.  Cut out the traced shapes and adhere with Mod Podge.
5. Apply a layer of Mod Podge over the top of all decoupaged cardstock.
6. Finish the box with a coating of clear gloss spray.
7. Adhere two small drawer knobs with E-6000 industrial glue. (The knobs pictured were Tim Holtz.)
I like using the enamel spray paints rather than brush painting.
The spray paints provide an even and durable finish.
The small knobs are mostly for decoration
 The E-6000 industrial strength glue adheres these knobs quite well. 
 I'm not a power-tool sort of gal,
but you could screw the drawer knobs in with a drill.
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  1. What a great find! I love the makeover you gave this sewing box. Lol... things talk to me all time, too.

  2. So beautiful!!! You did such a lovely job!! xo Heather

  3. Wow...that is quite a transformation! I really like the mix of patterns in black and white.
    Farmhouse hugs,

  4. The transformation is amazing, it is beautiful! Well done. :)

  5. Wonderful work, wow!
    It does look absolutely beautiful!
    Have a super blessed day!

  6. What a great makeover! You could use this sewing box for many different storage ideas.


  7. What an interesting "set of bones" that sewing box has!

  8. Wow! That looks fantastic! I see those a lot but generally pass them over. Now I'll get the next one I see and see if I can make it look half as cool as yours!

  9. Hi Amy,
    You needed those items, really you did!! lol Love the makeover you did. Sewing box is just too nice.
    Cheers, Anita.

  10. Love what you did to the sewing box, so pretty.