Hello amazing friends! Today is the day! I’ve had many of you keeping your eye out for today’s makeover, and it is finally here! I’m sharing what I did with this vintage wooden sewing box I picked up at the thrift store for $10:
Before I get to the makeover, did anyone notice that the legs are not even? Would you believe I didn’t even notice that little detail until it was done and I was taking photos?? It is supposed to be how it is on the left, but at some point, the legs had been moved closer to the edge on the right side.
I thought about leaving them, but I did make them even in the end. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
White Lightning is a degreaser and deglosser, so it gets your pieces super clean! Mix one TBSP with a half gallon of warm water. Once this box was clean, I swapped out my water for clean water and gave it another wipe down.
And as you can see, I took everything apart so I could work on this project a little more easily. Here it is all cleaned and ready to go!
For the inside, I just used my shop vac to suck up all the dust bunnies.
There weren’t any potential bleed-through issues to contend with on this one, so I was able to get straight to painting! I started with the insides first this time.
Because they were unfinished, I chose Silk Mineral Paint. It does require a scuff sanding prior, but not on unfinished wood, so it was the perfect paint for those parts. I usually like to share the insides at the end, but here’s a peek..this is a 50/50 mix of Bay Breeze and Quiet Cove:
I’ll share more on the inside and why I chose to mix these colors in a bit.
Once I had the interior cubbies painted, I moved on to the outside.
I chose my favorite bright white for that, Cotton from Dixie Belle.
I sanded all over with 220 grit sandpaper wrapped around an old sanding sponge. (That makes it much easier to hold!)
Sanding smoothed everything out and allowed me to distress ever so slightly.
Adding a Transfer
After using my shop vac to suck up all the sanding dust, I busted out one of my favorite transfers, this French Ceramics transfer:
I have used this on a couple of projects like this one and I just love it!
My sewing box was still in pieces, so I cut the transfer to fit each piece using my rotary cutting set:
I lined up the pieces next to each other to be sure the pattern would match up while Lyla supervised:
I wrapped the transfer all the way around the outside of the box, leaving the top and the legs uncovered.
To paint the pieces that held everything together, I used spray primer from Rustoleum first:
Then, I followed up with a coat of Rustoleum Satin White spray paint. It was just easier to tackle those small pieces that way.
Once everything was dry, I reassembled the sewing box with fresh new screws and washers I picked up at the Home Depot:
Washers between the support pieces and the box help them to sit away from the surface just enough so that they don’t rub against the transfer.
Here is how this pretty piece looks now!
You can see I moved the legs to match up better:
This is such a sweet piece. I left the top and the legs just painted…
And here you can see where I wrapped the transfer around the sides…
Here is what the inside looked like before:
It was just simple and unfinished.
Of course, I have to play with the insides too! I originally planned to paint all the cubbies in Silk Bay Breeze, but I was nearing the end of my jar and didn’t want to open a new one, so I painted the top two only. Then I decided to mixed Bay Breeze and Quiet Cove 50/50 for the next level of cubbies. And I painted the bottom compartment in Quiet Cove.
This gave me an ombre effect that I just love!
And on the inside of the lid, I added a bit more of this gorgeous transfer:
It’s a pretty surprise when you open the lid!
Bay Breeze looks so pretty with this transfer that I almost wish I had chosen this color as a backdrop for the outside.
And here is the whole box opened up! That’s a lot of compartments!
Here are the colors I used again:
I think I did this sweet wooden sewing box justice…what do you think?
You can find this transfer and over 80 more in my Etsy shop HERE!
I only have ONE more piece left from this haul!!
Revisit any of these makeovers at the links below:
How to Paint Fabric (chair makeover)
Painting the Smalls #17 (lamp, small box, horse, napkin holder, and mirror)
Painting the Smalls #16 (candlesticks, small box, tray)
This was a good sized haul!
The final piece will be my Trash-to-Treasure project for Tuesday! I plan to combine it with something else…
Then I need to get shopping!!
UPDATE! See what I paired this with to turn it into a super sweet decor piece HERE now!
Have a wonderful weekend, friends!
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