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Thursday, August 7, 2014

TBT - Vintage Sewing Box

Today is Throwback Thursday and I have a project for you that I did two years ago.  This is one that brings back many childhood memories.

Vintage, Paint and more... a thrifted vintage sewing box updated with diy chalk paint and a typography label

When I was young my Mother had a sewing box that had belonged to my Grandmother.  I used to love sitting and going through all the colorful threads, the needles and thimbles and all the other things she kept in there.  

Vintage, Paint and more... thrifted sewing box updated in shabby chic decor

Several years ago I ran across one just like it in a thrift store and you know I had to get it.  It sat around our home for a long time getting moved from here to there but never really fitting in anywhere.  The wood was quite worn and stained and it really needed a little TLC.  One day as I was scrolling through The Graphics Fairy's site I ran across the perfect logo for it.  That's when my idea to redo it was born.

Vintage, Paint and more... thrifted vintage sewing box upcycled with diy chalk paint and stenciled label

I painted it with diy chalkpaint in Valspar's Anthem White and used black Sharpie paint pens to put the logo on the top and outline it.  I tried to antique it but for some reason I had a terrible time with it and almost aborted the project  completely. You can read about that fiasco here.

Vintage, Paint and more... thrifted vintage sewing box upcycled with diy chalk paint and stenciling

Even though it gave me a bit of trouble I really love the way it turned out.  It looks perfect sitting next to my French Sewing Table which is also white with black typography on it.  I enjoy doing this technique so much that you will probably be seeing a few more projects like it in the future.  

Have you ever had so much trouble with a project that you nearly aborted it but, someone talked you into sticking with it?  Then really falling in love with it when it was done.  Tell me about it in the comments below.  I love to hear from you and answer all comments through email.

Until next time - enjoy making something you love.

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  1. I LOVE the way this turned out. Great update of a classic object. My grandfather had a similar sewing box (although his was much more plain than yours) that I loved looking through when I was a kid.

  2. This is so pretty! I'm so NOT crafty like this, but I love it anyway. :)

    I kind of think a wooden frame like this would be really cool, too. With some keepsakes inside.

  3. Love updating old relics so they're relevant once again.

  4. It turned out lovely. I love the words on the top the font just matches it so well. Very vintage.

  5. Beautiful! I picked one up because it's just so neat. I really should paint it.

  6. I'm jealous - I've been on the lookout for a box like this! I'd personally probably clean up the wood, but to each their own on that one. :)

  7. I think this makes me vintage... got one like this when I got married many years ago!

  8. Love the way you refreshed the box and gave it new life, it certainly is charming.
    You did an amazing job!

  9. That is such a pretty transformation. I'll have to keep an eye out for box like that - love the legs!