Friday, May 7, 2010

Antique Sewing Machine Drawer Makeover

A few months ago, I found a few really awesome things at a resale store that was going out of business. You may remember the $5 school desk and the fork & spoon set. Well, I also picked up two antique sewing machine drawers. Strange purchase I know, but I just loved the details and the quirkiness of them!

This is what I started with. Check out all those great details! But some of the details were loose, and some of them were completely broken off. So I got out the Gorilla Glue to fix them.
I applied a thin layer of the glue to the broken piece and to the spot on the drawer where it was supposed to be.
Apparently my layer wasn't quite thin enough, because this is what it looked like when I came back to check and see if it was dry. No big deal though. I just used a screwdriver to break away the extra foamy stuff and sanded it down a little bit. Though if you use this kind of Gorilla Glue, they aren't kidding when they say use a thin layer!
I painted the drawer with a coat of Krylon Bahama Sea spray paint. {Sorry about the upside down shot}
And then coated it with a layer of white spray paint.
After the paint dried, I sanded the drawer to make the details really pop. I love the little piece on the end that the Gorilla Glue helped me save.
And I love the {very subtle} bits of blue that you can see where I sanded off the white paint.
Now I just have to decide what to put inside the drawer. I think some fake grass would be really cute and add a nice pop of green in the room.
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I found some Faux Grass and added it to the drawer. I'm loving it! What do you think?!?


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43 comments:

Holly said...

Beautiful. I love it...must my style. Thanks for linking up!

Carrie said...

REally cute! I love that idea with grass in it, you never run out of ideas! I need to hit the flea Markets again! I'm going to find something like that! :) {althought...if you're looking for something particular, you never find it!} Great job!

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

i love the details. gorgeous. i also love the colors you chose. your creative brain never ever tires. : )

Angie S said...

So cute! Great job...the details ARE great!

Jenglamgirl said...

kelli~ THIS IS OH' SO ADORABLE! love it, its so shabby cute! Have a great weekend and a WONDERFUL HAPPY HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! ;) JENN

Myya said...

Instead of trying to be inovative & crafty myself I should just troll blogs like yours & copy copy copy! LOVE this, what a great outcome!

Kmama said...

I love that!! It would be really cute sitting on the back of a toilet in a bathroom too.

Jenglamgirl said...

Hi Kelli~ me again~ I just featured this darling box on my craft blog~ Craftomaniac.blogspot.com hope that is ok. ;) Jenn

He & Me + 3 said...

what a cute drawer. I love finds like that. You did great.

Amy @ Positively Splendid said...

I love making quirky little finds like that! You did a super job with it!

Jennifer @ The Toy Box Years said...

Very crafty!! Great job!

Tomorrow morning I'm off to our local thrift store and some garage sale to see what crafty treasures I can find!

Have a great weekend!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

That is gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing your technique on getting the blue to show up. :) I love that pretty shabby look. Thanks so much for the visit today! :)

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Alright, that's it, you're going to have to come out here for a visit. We'll go shopping and then we'll craft the days away :)

Bridget said...

Such a great find and a great makeover! Love the details on the drawers!! :D

{Kimber} said...

looks great!!

Alicia said...

It looks so good!!! So much better than before!

Melissa said...

You are right - I've used that stuff before...it has to be really small - cause that stuff keeps expanding...I've got a little excavation to do on a project too.

These are gorgeous - I totally understand why you bought them.

Nichol said...

I love this as well....the details are great. Happy Mothers Day..have a nice lazy day! Us moms deserve it:)

Carrie said...

I love how the grass looks! Really fun! :)

Rachel Lynn said...

Great project! I have two old sewing drawers that I bought at a yard sale for a quarter each. I have three little round pots that fit into each them perfectly and they are now in my bedroom window.

Amanda said...

That is really awesome! Great idea putting the blue on first, love it!

Pam @ diy Design Fanatic said...

Wow, it turned our gorgeous! I love the finish!

One Life Many Journeys said...

How cute!

Stephanie Lynn said...

Hi Kelli. The box is gorgeous! Love the details. The color and finishing technique is fabulous! Love the grass too! Thanks so much for joining The DIY Club this month! We greatly appreciate it! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Frugal Home Designs said...

Love it. I just used the Bahama Sea on a desk. It is such a pretty color. How did you get your gorilla glue off, or did you just paint over it?

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

The drawer was awesome to begin with and you have just taken it over the top! Love the blue beneath the white and the rescued detail and the grass and gee, I wish it was MY drawer. I'm going thrifting today, we'll see what I find!

Bobbie said...

I love all those colors! That is such a great idea. I have a link party that I would love if you participated! it is on saturdays www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

Stephanie Lynn said...

Hi Kelli - Your project is one of the top ten finalists. Be sure to check out the voting post on any of the four blogs. Congratulations and thanks again for joining The DIY Club.

Ruth said...

It looks great. Love it!! I am voting for you to win. Good luck.

Ruth

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

That is so cute! I love the grass, just adds so much to a room! Thanks for linking up!

Tara@JustDevineStyle said...

Love them! What a great find and you are so creative with your ideas!

Green Willow Pond said...

Very nice. I have an old sewing machine case like this with the machine still in it. You've given me some inspiration about what to do with it! I think it would make a gorgeous night stand. Thanks for posting!

Simple Southern Happiness said...

Have never tried that glue before, looks like its pretty strong. I love your idea with this project and the final addition of grass.

Tonia of Chic Modern Vintage said...

Fabulous project, I've used that kind of gorilla glue and yes they mean thin layer, doesn't take much, stop by to see me sometime.

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

LOVE this!! I am kicking myself for not picking up the drawers I saw awhile back!

xxoo

Chic Creations said...

I love it. Great idea. . thanks for sharing. Karie @ karieschiccreations

Inspired by you said...

Really like it. I'm kicking myself for throwing a 2 drawers now.

Kim said...

You are so fortunate you found this, the one's I've seen in the antique store are quite pricey. This is seriously lovely.

Blessed Mommy of 2 said...

I love all the detail on these! I have so had gorilla glue get my like that, ha, ha! Fab find and make over for sure!

Michael - Innkeeper said...

i'm loving it too! looks great!

Mel Tales said...

LOVE IT!!!! You did great!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cassie said...

There are SO many things you can do with a vintage drawer! Love the grass in yours!

Serendipity Chic Design said...

This is great...I would have to go with the fake grass too. Love the embellishment...

Take care,
Lisa

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