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Looking for ideas for an Old Sewing Cabinet. Find inspiration on transforming a Vintage Sewing Cabinet that may be sitting in the corner collecting dust. Sewing Cabinet turned Desk Transformation, a super easy furniture makeover. I'm Cynthia Nessel from Create With Cynthia and my website is all about DIY Home Decor Projects and Vintage Furniture Makeovers.

Have you ever wondered what to do with an old sewing cabinet, Sweet Friends? Old Furniture, like sewing cabinets, record cabinets, old chests intrigue me. I love taking something old and repurposing it into something new. Today on the blog I am sharing with you about my "Sewing Cabinet Turned Desk Transformation!"  I shared a video on the transformation months back, but I thought i'd give you the full tutorial here today.

Although I really loved the look of the Sewing Cabinet, in order to turn it into a desk it need to be painted. My sewing cabinet did not come with a machine, so when I opened up the cabinet there was a big hole. I used a piece of wood and some Dixie Belle Mud to fill in the whole. Unfortunately, I was not able to stain the wood to match the cabinet and that's when I turned to paint.If you've been following me for more than a minute, you know I'm kind of a paint fanatic anyways. 

I created a Pinterest Board when I was deciding on the transformation of the sewing cabinet that you can check out here. Pinterest shows many ideas for a Sewing Cabinet Transformation. A few ideas are: beverages bars, ice chests, plant stands, and bedside tables. Those were all great ideas but, I needed a new desk for our home.

The video shows the struggles I encountered painting the sewing cabinet. I ran into the stain bleeding through my paint which is never a fun scenario on a makeover. In the video I also tell a silly story. 

I'm recently divorced and enjoy dating every so often. Sometimes the date plans don't go as you expect and that's what happened when I was working on the Sewing Cabinet Turned Desk Transformation. Kinda coincidental, huh!

If you like my dating stories, you should check out the "Bad Date Furniture Make-over!' That's another one of my silly dating stories.

Here is the tutorial on how to transform a Vintage Sewing Cabinet into a Desk.

Materials needed for the Vintage Sewing Cabinet turned Desk Transformation.

  • Old Sewing Cabinet
  • DIY Paint and Brushes
  • Dixie Belle Mud
  • Dixies Belle Boss Stain Blocker
  • Plywood

Links to the products used can be found at the bottom of the post.

Instructions for the Vintage Sewing Cabinet turned Desk Transformation.

Step one: Remove the sewing machine from the cabinet, if it's not already missing.

Step two: Put a piece of plywood where the sewing machine sat - you may need to drill or glue this into the space.

Step three: Use Dixie Belle Mud around the edges of the plywood if there are gaps.

Step four: Use a stain blocker on the wood surfaces if needed.

Step five: Paint the wood surfaces. I used DIY Paint in the colors of White Swan, Crinolin and Sandy Blonde to create a one of a kind look.

Step six: Seal the wood surfaces. I used DIY Paint Big Top and applied two coats. It is a matte sealer and provides a durable finish.A side observation: On this transformation, I struggled with bleed through. The stains from the cabinet bleed through my paint to create a splotchy look. I used Dixie Belle Boss Stain Blocker over and over to eliminate the bleed through. Watch my video and learn more about preventing bleed through.

The Sewing Cabinet Turned Desk Transformation provides a great space for writing, computer work or as bedside table. I'm sure you've noticed it's been all over my home. Do you have any dating stories??? I hope I've inspired you to take an old piece of furniture and make it functional again. Now go out there and Create Something. Cynthia

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