Martha Washington Sewing Cabinet

Eileen Wuenstel Taylor
by Eileen Wuenstel Taylor
4 Materials
6 Hours
I had been wanting a Martha Washington sewing cabinet forever. So when I found one in a local thrift store for $35.00 I couldn't pass it up. It definitely needed a makeover so I searched online for a little inspiration and saw so many cute cabinets. I mulled it over and decided what it needed was a little color. Once finished it was exactly what I needed for my sewing room. I'm very happy with the result.

This is the front of the cabinet. The wood was faded especially the legs.
You can see how the top was faded. I was told the cabinet had been placed in a sunny window for years.
The cabinet was in good overall shape. It just needed a little pizzazz.
Here is the cabinet after. I used home made chalk paint. The top is white, the body is a nice blue and the drawers are midnight blue. I used a metallic green craft paint for the top edge.
I stenciled the sides with midnight blue paint.
I painted the legs with white, midnight blue and metallic green.
I bought new ceramic drawer pulls in shades of blue and green.
I finished the piece with MIniwax Polycrylic sealer and gave it two coats.
Suggested materials:
  • Home made chalk paint   (Original paint from Ace Hardware store.)
  • Miniwax polycrylic sealer   (Ace Hardware store)
  • Stencil   (Amazon)
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