Help turning old Sears sewing cabinet into kichen island

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I immediately purchased this vintage Sears sewing cabinet when I saw the price tag at $6. I have been needing extra counter space in my small galley style kitchen. Now the question is what to do with it? Paint, restore? I've never been one for painting wood but I have a turquoise and coral kitchen. I envision the inside having a cutting surface, maybe make the opening for the sewing machine an opening for a small compost contain underneath. PS: This cabinet still has the metal model number tag attached and all drawers intact with removal parts.
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Fully opened, flip out on both sides
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Beautiful,waterfall edges
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These grooves are what brought to mind painting it in vibrant colors, maybe striped.
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  • Terri Harris Terri Harris on Apr 02, 2015
    Below are a couple more pictures including the metal description plate, I could not find anything on a brief search for,this model number.,
  • CK CK on Apr 03, 2015
    Just my opinion, but based on what you've said about your kitchen's colors, it appears the current color of this probably won't make you happy ;-) It's no sin to paint wood. Think about it: houses with wood siding get painted all the time. -) I'd say depending on how it fits best in your kitchen (keeping it close all the time or room to open the sides) make it "work" in your kitchen. The sewing machine is gone, right? So it's true value isn't what it used to be anyway ;- ) Go ahead, have fun and paint it! I'm sure many others will chime in here but it might be helpful to see pics of your existing kitchen for color and layout. That's sure to bring more helpful comments.
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    • CK CK on Apr 03, 2015
      @Glenda :-) I know about men and their "You can't paint WOOOOOD!!!!" thing. Don't quite get it (well yeah, I do...LOL!) But I always say "Ya know what? Even after its painted, its still wood." Sometimes that works. LOL ;-)
  • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Apr 03, 2015
    Total agreement with Connie !
  • Sheryl Johnson Sheryl Johnson on Apr 03, 2015
    Go for the paint! I would use the "stripe" pattern on it and make a great focal piece for the kitchen with both colors. I would add a solid piece of wood over the bottom so a basket could be sat in there (Make it slightly smaller than actual bottom so it wouldn't show at the edges). I would also add a "bottom" under the machine cut-out; It would be nice storage for things you don't use often. Not sure what I would do about the warped and missing veneer on the back. I've seen posts about repairing damaged veneer but I've never done it. AND, lol, I think castors on the bottom would be a good idea. They could make it as much as 3 inches taller. Please post pics of what you come up with!
  • Pam Pam on Apr 03, 2015
    I would also go for the paint- coral and the blue you have will lend you to complete the color pallet by using a yellow - maybe a creamy butter color - even darker. Paint it all one color and if you want to add the other two colors in the kitchen in stripe the indentation. Wire brush and paint the drawer handles the coral - great storage. You could even all a spring tension rod in the opening to hid any thing you might want to store. You could even add a shelf under there..
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  • Terri Harris Terri Harris on Apr 04, 2015
    Like the idea of casters
  • Laurie Brennan Laurie Brennan on Apr 06, 2015
    I agree that putting casters on it would make it a functional rolling island. I would paint it a soft turquoise, maybe Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue chalk paint. I also have a small galley kitchen so I feel your pain about counter space. The best thing we did in our kitchen renovation was changing from a countertop microwave to one over the stove.
  • Martha Grimm Brady Martha Grimm Brady on Apr 06, 2015
    @Terri Harris one concern i had re using this for a kitchen island is the height. i'm guessing there is quite a difference between the height of this sewing table and height you will need for a kitchen island to be functional and comfortable for you. don't forget to take that into consideration. sorry, i'm not sure what the common countertop heights are!