Grandma's Sewing Box
You've seen the meme: Grandma Had It, Mom Threw It Out, I Bought It Back. The story of this little sewing box fits it to a 'T'. While walking through the local thrift store, I saw this sewing box sitting on a bottom shelf. My grandmother had one just like it and to be honest, I have no idea what happened to it. But here was another one, looking pretty humble.
The finish was worn, the veneer was chipped, and it was only $2!
It came home with me.The first step was to glue all the loose veneer on the legs:
I used wood glue and added binder clips to act as clamps...there's a little tip for you!
After the glue was dry, I did some filling with wood putty, sanded, and painted the legs, sides, and top with Ocean chalk paint.
After two coats, I distressed the edges and it was time for decoupage! I scuffed the finish a bit with 220 grit sandpaper and wiped away the dust. The Mod Podge was brushed on, making sure to get it into the edge.
After separating the layers, I placed the napkin on the wood and carefully smoothed it down.
Out came the plastic wrap to smooth out the wrinkles.
I have a full tutorial HERE on how to decoupage with napkins. Trust me, you don't want to try to smooth out any wrinkles without the plastic wrap. The napkins will tear.
After they dried, the edges were trimmed with an exacto knife and a second coat of Mod Podge was applied.
I painted the knobs with gold craft paint so they would stand-out a bit.
The entire sewing box was sealed with polycrylic and this project was done.
I now have a new (old) sewing box that reminds me of my grandmother. I'm sure she'd approve of the makeover, she loved bright colors and new things!
Have a great week everyone and thanks for visiting the Cottage.
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