My latest project is a cutlery chest makeover into a sewing box.
I’ve needed new sewing supply storage for years. The basket I have is too small and doesn’t hold much.
I don’t do a lot of sewing, but I do enough that I’d like to keep things better organized.
This is what I started with.
This cutlery chest cost me just $5 at a flea market years ago. It’s been sitting on top of the fridge for all that time holding cutlery that was never used.
So I pulled out the cutlery and put it in the kitchen drawer where it belongs and decided to transform this chest into a sewing box.
Here’s the inside of the cutlery chest. Love that neon fuchsia!!
But not for this project.
I ripped out all the cardboard pieces wrapped in velvet and kept them to use as templates for their replacements.
The bottom pieces are still in the photo, but I did take them out also.
I removed all the hardware and spray painted it with a bright yellow.
Then I gave it a light sanding, wiped it clean with a tack cloth and primed the outside of the chest with a white spray primer.
It took 5 light coats of the red before I was happy with the coverage.
Red always takes longer because it’s has more translucency.
Then I used the templates that I removed from the chest and cut out cardboard pieces to glue in using my glue gun.
This gave me a nicer surface for my fabric.
The fabric I used is from a tablecloth that I bought at a thrift store for $1.50.
I took my measurements, cut out my pieces of fabric, and then installed them using spray adhesive.
I used my glue gun in the corners to neaten it up.
This tablecloth had a cross stitched edging that I cut out to line the edges of the insides of the chest. I attached it using my glue gun.
Here it is with the inside all finished. I then added the yellow spray painted hardware.
I spray painted some buttons and added them to the top in a flower pattern with my glue gun.
Here are 2 views of it when it’s closed.
And here it is with my sewing supplies.
I just love it and it has so much more room. What do you think?
It’s going to go nicely in my new craft room/office when I make it over (if it ever cools down because it isn’t air conditioned). I’m planning to redecorate it in the colours of my blog.
In the meantime I’ll continue with projects in preparation for that, and other projects as well. Stay tuned!
Thanks so much for reading!