DIY Project: Craft/Sewing Station

I had been looking for a piece that I could repurpose into a craft/sewing station and I found this little beauty at my local thrift store for only $12.00. With some additions and modifications I was able to turn it into the perfect work station for my office.
Chest as it looked when I got it home
I knew it needed to be taller in order to have it at a comfortable working height so I built a frame on the bottom to help add that height. I just took some scrap 2 x 4 pieces that we had lying around and cut them and screwed them on to make the bottom frame.
Bottom of cabinet with frame and casters
I also wanted to be able to easily roll it into the middle of my office if I had something bigger that I was working on so I added four casters that we had saved from another piece of furniture that we had gotten rid of. Adding the casters not only made it mobile but also added on a little more height.
Work surface with screw holes patched
To address a bigger work area, I simply screwed on a 2' x 4' piece of plywood directly to the existing top and countersunk the screws and filled in the holes to have a smooth finished work surface. This too added on about 3/4" to the overall height of the piece.
Main chest with base and casters painted
Once the top was on and the holes filled, it was time to start painting it. I wanted it to be fun so I decided to paint the new base of the chest and the casters teal for a fun accent.
Painted drawer ready for new hardware
I removed the old hardware from the drawers and painted them out to match the base and casters. I then painted the work surface and body of the chest with white enamel paint that I had already on hand.
The last stage was to move my new work station into place and I decided to hang a piece of pegboard over it to give me lots of great storage options. It turned out great and is completely mobile so I can move it away from the wall to accommodate bigger projects. I gained plenty of new storage with the pegboard and the drawers on the chest itself plus I got to save an old piece of furniture and turn it into something useful again! Total cost with chest purchase, piece of plywood, pegboard (I had pegboard holders on-hand left over from another project), new handles for the drawers, and spray paint for the drawers and base put the project cost at right around $40!

The Redesign Habit
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

Frequently asked questions

Have a question about this project?


Join the conversation

4 of 11 comments
  • Melinda Melinda on Jun 24, 2019

    When doing the bottom you put wood on the front and the back, and painted it. Did you put wood on the sides also? How does the sides look on yours? I have a bigger end table with two drawers on the front and open shelving on both sides I think it will look great.

    • The Redesign Habit The Redesign Habit on Jun 24, 2019

      Hi there! The wood you see on the bottom is actually a cart we made to set the original piece on so the sides look the same as the front and back do. Sounds like your piece will look great! Please share finished photos!

  • Vivian Vivian on Jun 24, 2019

    this is just so great, what a good use