Repurposed Sewing Cabinet to Phone Stand

I have finally finished the sewing cabinet/phone stand!! 
It has taken me so long to do this. 
You see, I do not have an area to paint in and it has been windy EVERY day for the last several months, (ok, at least two months non stop). 
Here it is before.



Here it is after. 
I sanded the whole thing so it would have some grit to hold the primer and paint. 
I removed the sewing machine and sanded down to the bare wood so I could stain it.


 I used the same handle and decided to paint it black but when I did, the paint never dried. 
Even after an hour, it was still tacky. 
I decided to wipe it all off but not all of it came off. 
I actually like it with bits of black in it.

After I painted the cabinet, I turned the handle upside down and reattached it.
That's the way I roll.

Distressed it up a little bit!

This is the phone that will be sitting on it downstairs. 
Isn't it awesome!! 
And yes, it works! 
Got it on eBay years ago and when my daughter was living here, she always loved it and would be in awe of how they used to make phones.

When you open the door to the cabinet there is a unit that shelves the sewing items. 
When I got it it had the sewing book, thread, and bobbins, etc. stored in it.
I was going to spray paint the unit/shelf black but after the handle incident, I decided against it. 
Left it brown and added a cute garden notepad and pens to take notes.

Now when you need to leave a message there is paper and pen at the ready.

I painted this with a primer first then spray painted with Rustoleum Heirloom White. 
(I know, you can see the paint strokes, I didn't sand very good but I'm not selling it so I can live with it).

I got this piece from a friend that left it in our field and I was originally going to get rid of it but decided to save it after seeing this here, which inspired me to paint this one.

I have never stained anything before and was intimidated by all the stains that are available. 
I wanted something very easy and not a lot of mess. 
I found Minwax water-based Express Color wiping stain and finish. Says it's easy. 
I thought about going with walnut but in the end went with Pecan and I love it.

Tip: Directions say to put the stain on cloth and wipe it on. 
I found that squirting it on the table in little blobs and then taking a cloth and wiping it with the grain to be the most effective.

I also initially went with a Q-tip for the groove on the top but it didn't work very well so I used a small paintbrush and it worked like a charm.

I also put Americana wax on the top and actually put two coats on. 
I think it ended up soaking into the wood. I think it could use another round but we will see.

I still think it turned out pretty good for all the waiting I had to do minus all the other things that got into the way!

Another Look:

Hope I have inspired you as well! 
Love the new use for these lovely old cabinets.


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  1. Great job, Cheryl! I'm liking the pecan color stain, haven't tried that color yet. Smart idea keeping the bobbin/thread holder for paper and pens.

    1. Thank you Marie, I liked how the stain was so easy to apply.

  2. You did an amazing job! The finished product looks great :)

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  3. My mom had this cabinet. I wonder what she did with it? This is pretty.


    1. Thank you Lita, I hope you can find it and redo it.

  4. This turned out so lovely! Love the old phone, too! Great job! x Karen

    1. Thank you Karen, I appreciate your comment!

  5. Cheryl, What a great makeover. Sometimes the best look happen when paint fails.

  6. Oh pretty! I love how it turned out! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for Recipes and Crafts:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    1. Thank you Jess, I appreciate the invite and will add it!

  7. Great job!

    Now I wish I had my mother's sewing table.

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. Thank you, I know what you mean. I hope you find one to redo!

  8. Wow this table turned out great and you did such a nice job with it. I too that phone.
    Thanks for sharing at Cooking and Crafting with J & J. :)

    1. Thank you Julie, I appreciate the compliment!

  9. Lovely work.....and it is a lovely pc. of furniture to work with...........turned out great. Amazing what some paint
    will do, and a lil elbow grease........
    Blessings, Nellie

    1. Thank you Nellie! So true about the paint. I was so ready to scrap it but glad I didn't afterwards.

  10. I love your pretty new telephone table...and that telephone is so cool. What a fabulous idea.

  11. What a great project Cheryl. It looks absolutely awesome. I'd be very proud to have a table like that in my house.

    Sally @ Life Loving

    1. Thank you so much Sally, I appreciate the compliment!! Have a great week!

  12. The sewing table turned out great! The phone sure brings back memories.

  13. Love it!...and how perfect to have the rotary dial phone on it!..

  14. Cheryl, you did such an amazing job on this little beauty! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the fan favorites at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. Have a lovely week, my friend! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    1. Thank you Kathryn, you made my day! Thank you for the compliment!

  15. Gorgeous! You have completely inspired me to update my Great Grandmother's sewing table. I use it as a side table in our guest room and it would look so much prettier!

    1. Oh, that is so awesome! I am glad to hear that and hope you share it when you are finished!!

  16. You did a wonderful job on this! It looks great!!

  17. Hi Cheryl, I love how you finished the cabinet, it turned out beautiful, looks like one you would buy, the phone is cool, used to spend lots of hours on that kind.

    Thank you for sharing on the #OMHGWW this past week. Pinned to share your hard work! Enjoy!

    Hope you have a wonderful week and will join us again.

    1. Thank you so much Karren, I too remember talking on those phones, lol. Have a great week!

  18. I love how it turned out! Too many times these cabinets get overlooked but they can be amazing when painted. Yours is amazing! Just realized you are an Oregon girl, too!

    xo Dianne

    1. Thank you Dianne! Love your blog and will stop by if I am ever your direction!

  19. Very beautiful. Love it. Pinned. Best wishes, Linda @Crafts a la mode

  20. I love what you did with this little table. Sewing machines tables are my fav. Your's came out beautiful. And that telephone make me go back in time to my old telephone company work. Love it!

  21. Your sewing machine table turned out beautifully. I like that you left the top unpainted. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  22. This turned out fabulous! I love sewing cabinets. Thank you for linking up at Dishing it and Digging it link party. We love having you.

    1. Thank you Vanessa, appreciate you stopping by.

  23. I love re-purposed stuff like this! Very cool addition and thanks for joining us at #FridayFrivolity this week!

  24. I like how you refinished this sewing cabinet!! I have this exact same one, we repurposed it into a vanity. Yours looks so pretty with the paint and stain! Lovely job!!

    1. Oh wow, that sounds awesome! Thanks for stopping by.

  25. Great post! I recently refinished a sewing cabinet as well. They clean up real well!

    I also have chosen to feature this post on the next Peace, Love, Linkup which goes live tomorrow at 6! Grab a button and i hope to see you there tomorrow for more sharing goodness! : )

  26. Love the shape and how pretty it looks now, Cheryl. Two tone furniture is one of my favorite. I am featuring this at this week party, love it!!

  27. This is similar to the one I have that belonged to my mom. I also have the sewing machine but haven't used it in years. Your update is very pretty!

    1. That is wonderful you have the one your mom had. Mine doesn't have the sentimental value yours does. Thank you for stopping by!

  28. I also have my mom's old sewing and have been using it as a nightstand. I think now that it would be much prettier painted. Thanks for sharing. I found you at Sweet Inspirations!

    1. Hi Kim, send me a pic of the before and after if you paint it! Thanks for stopping by!

  29. I love your repurpose! Is the sewing machine still in it? Anyway tweeted & Pinned. Visiting from Repurposing Junkie Link Party....

    1. I took the sewing machine out, it makes it a lot easier to move. I still have it but need to think of something else to do with. Thank you for stopping by.


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