Martha Washington Sewing Cabinet ~ Reloved

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.
Not very pretty but good bones and lots of potential!
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 ~
Black & brown a timeless combination!
Flip top cubbies ~ perfect for yarn and knitting needles ~ magazines, newspapers whatever you want close by but out of sight...
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...
Finished! Love how this turned out ~ hope you like it too!

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  • Karen Harrop Krakowski Karen Harrop Krakowski on Jan 10, 2019

    I just bought one of these cabinets from a guy at work! I love it! Any idea where to buy the small drawer insert that came with some of them? They were in the top drawer and was divided into three sections. Also, mine has remnants of felt lining in the large storage bins the sides that is kinda falling off.... Do you know, was this added or original??

  • Ellen Ellen on Jan 16, 2019

    I don't know how to get the hinges off the top flaps on mine. How did you do yours?

  • Debra Debra on May 04, 2021

    What stain was used?


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  • Gregg Gregg on May 05, 2020

    I was given a cardboard box with all the broken pieces to this Martha Washington sewing box. The top was missing so I made a new one out of curly maple and reassembled and oiled the entire piece. My wife loves it as I gifted it to her.

  • Kim Hoppe Kim Hoppe on May 06, 2020

    I found this sewing cabinet on Facebook Marketplace for free. It had been sitting in a garage for years.

    I ordered new hinges from Hardware Source. They were SOSS Invisible Hinges #100.

    I can't wait to reassemble it.

    It is such a cute cabinet.