Refinished Vintage Sewing Box

Eileen Wuenstel Taylor
by Eileen Wuenstel Taylor
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This sewing box came to me from my mother-in-law's estate. I instantly fell in love with it and when my daughter redecorated her sewing studio, I decided to give the sewing box a face lift and give it to her for her studio. I love how it turned out!
Here is the vintage sewing box. It was wobbly and needed some work and since I had to remove the legs anyway, I thought I would give it a makeover.
I used ordinary craft paint that you find in the small bottles. I gave it two coats of paint and then sanded lightly over the edges to give it a distressed look. I then sprayed it with a satin clear coat.
I decided to embellish the top by gluing buttons all along the edge. I used a hot glue gun.
Here it is all opened up. The red velvet was already inside the box. All I did was use a lint brush to clean it up. My daughter loves it and proudly displayed it in her sewing studio.
Suggested materials:
  • Vintage sewing box, blue acrylic craft paint, satin clear coat, and a lot of buttons!
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  • Dee Dee on Jan 31, 2017
    I have the same type of box with different legs. It is lower. I think I will try to retrofit mine to a stool, making it the height of a small side table and therefore dual-purposed for a small living space. Thanks for the idea.
  • Pauline Pauline on Feb 12, 2018

    It's not exactly a question,but wanted to tell you that I have that sewing box, purchased it at a 2nd hand shop, filled to the brim with every sewing tool one needs as well as Sam binding, zippers, thread, scissors, measuring tapes, tailors tacking, needles galore, and so much more. What a bargain at $30.

    • Eileen Wuenstel Taylor Eileen Wuenstel Taylor on Feb 12, 2018
      These are great sewing boxes. You did get a bargain at $30. They're hard to find and usually cost a lot more. I just refinished a Martha Washington cabinet. I plan on posting pictures here.