Sewing Cabinet Side Table

March Madness: 31 Days of Thrifty Makeovers

Woohoo day #5! Are you enjoying March Madness so far? I hope so because I sure am!

Today’s thrift store deal was this sewing cabinet that I picked up for $9.95.

It has definitely seen better days:

The top folds out to the side to reveal a work table and a space for a sewing machine. I love sewing tables as side tables because they are a great height.

Here is her makeover:

Sewing cabinets make perfect side tables!

Paint is like magic in a can!

Sewing cabinets make perfect side tables!

I sanded this a bit more than I usually do because this was a pretty shabby piece to begin with. This is my go-to DIY chalk paint in Behr’s Cottage White, two coats and sealed with clear wax.

I replaced the original pulls with sweet glass knobs I found on clearance. The plates behind them came from other older pieces and used to be brass:


They’re quite pretty with a little Rustoleum Heirloom White spray paint!

Sewing cabinets make perfect side tables!

Love how they look together, and I think they really add something to this otherwise simple table.

Sewing cabinets make perfect side tables!


Sewing cabinets make perfect side tables!

Alright ya’ll, see you back here tomorrow. I’ll be sharing what I did with this crusty little stool:


Update: See how this stool turned out HERE now! 🙂



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  1. Christy,
    It is just gorgeous. Great job.

  2. Sherri S. says

    So pretty!!! Hope your week is lovely!!


  3. Beautiful! Love the knew back plate and glass knobs – the icing on the cake!

  4. Love it! I have an old sewing machine table sitting in my garage right now that we got at our church’s flea market last year. For free. It’s not in as bad a shape as yours was, but still, I’m imagining reincarnated as a side table. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. You do beautiful, detailed work. Absolutely lovely.

  6. I am enjoying your March Madness makeovers. Love what you did with the pineapple lamp yesterday–a stroke of genius–and the revival of the sewing table today. Definitely looking forward to your next post!

  7. I love it! You’re making me alllllmost rethink MY sewing table find that I refinished in black with a dark stained top last summer. I guess my space needs the dark though, so I guess I’m still happy. : ) I cut out the inside extras and put a bottom in it. Now it’s storage for our “to-be-filed” papers rather than dumping them all over the room waiting for someone to run them down stairs to the file cabinet. : )

  8. I LOVE IT Christy!!

  9. Your thrift find turned out beautiful. I have a sewing table something like this that I painted an antique white. A little paint does wonders. I love your new handles! The old handles you had look just like the handles on my mother’s coffee table and end tables. They pretty old because I think she had the tables before I was born. Still in great shape but old. Thanks for sharing your beautiful sewing table!

    • Thanks, Linda! I have a bunch of those old handles that I’m hanging onto for some reason. I even tried painting some but I think the style just doesn’t lend itself well to the look I’m going for. Oh well, maybe eventually I’ll find a use for them! I bet your sewing table looks great…paint really does do wonders! XO

  10. Waco Bayless says

    I have an old sewing table that once belonged to my grandmother that I have been wanting to give a makeover and use as a nightstand. When I saw your post I knew it could be done. It looks fabulous!