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Martha Washington Sewing Cabinet ~ Reloved

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Found this Martha Washington Sewing Cabinet at country sale a while back couldn’t believe they only wanted $10 for it ~ sure it needed some love, the hinges on one of the flip tops were broken & one of the legs was held together with a hose clamp and a zip tie but $10 what a steal! Wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to do with it but I knew I needed to bring it home.
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Not very pretty but good bones and lots of potential!
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Found the replacement hinges online (they actually cost me more than the cabinet ) replaced those and repaired the broken leg ~ my 1st thought was to paint the entire cabinet but I love combination natural wood & painted pieces so I stripped, sanded, stained and sealed the top and drawer fronts and painted the body using General Finishes Lamp Black ~
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Black & brown a timeless combination!
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Flip top cubbies ~ perfect for yarn and knitting needles ~ magazines, newspapers whatever you want close by but out of sight...
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Finished it up by painting the original knobs and lining the drawers with sewing themed scrap book paper ~ it is a sewing cabinet after all...
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Finished! Love how this turned out ~ hope you like it too!
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  • TerriGammy
    TerriGammy Ventura, CA

    I have this exact table, passed down though three generations before me and have had it refinished with a match to the original stain. Mine is now missing the unusual hinges (lost over time) for the side pocket cubbies. Where did you find your

    • Diana Wearing
      Diana Wearing Oregon, WI

      @TerriGammy I found them on Amazon the brand is SOSS Invisible Hinges made by Universal Industrial Products

  • Gail
    Gail Waxhaw, NC

    I have the same piece and you have inspired me to glam it up a bit. It is great storage! Thanks for the idea.

    • Diana Wearing
      Diana Wearing Oregon, WI

      You're welcome! I'd love to see a picture of yours :-)

  • P Lumley
    P Lumley Largo, FL

    I have one and will pass it down. The value now is $100.00 and up!

  • P Lumley
    P Lumley Largo, FL

    It is an antique and I'm not sure about refinishing it.

    • Diana Wearing
      Diana Wearing Oregon, WI

      I have seen some beautiful Martha Washington Sewing Cabinets made out of nice wood that I would never think about painting or refinishing but this wasn’t one of them…it was broken, damaged and headed for a burn pile. Now it’s got a second chance to

  • Margaret Dessureault
    Margaret Dessureault Beaverton, OR

    Not at my age--almost 91.

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