When I see something at a thrift shop that is unique and catches my attention, I will often purchase it even when I am unsure of what it is. As was with the case of this little wooden box with legs. I imagined what it could have been used for. Perhaps it was intended to hold hats, gloves and scarves, or it simply sat by the door and was used to sort daily mail. To me it didn’t matter, it was intriguing and best of all, priced right at $3.99!
Sure, I had my smart phone handy, I could have googled the item and had my answer right away, but for some strange reason, I didn’t. I simply brought it home and stored it in my craft room. It patiently waited its turn to learn its crafting fate until this weekend, I blew the dust off and decided to come up with a plan of attack. I like to utilize materials I have handy as much as can. I tend to accumulate unused fabric scraps from previous projects and I prefer to use this fabric to the last thread. One of my favorite designs was the black and white damask fabric I purchased at Joann Fabric. I used this fabric on previous projects including The Broken Chair Challenge, and You had me at “Half Table” Yard Sale Rescue. I still had a rather large scrap piece left and decided to use it to upcycle this item. I began by cleaning the item thoroughly. Once the dust and dirt had been removed, I used a latex spray on primer and spray painted it white.
I cut the fabric to fit both sides of the piece. I generously applied Mod Podge to the area with a foam craft brush.
I then applied the fabric and repeated this step for both sides of the box.
Once this dried, I applied three total coats of Mod Podge over top allowing each side to dry thoroughly between coats.
I then painted the entire piece in a black and white scheme using acrylic paint. The piece took about three coats of paint. I allowed the piece to dry over night and applied a final layer of Mod Podge to the entire piece to seal it.
I am very happy with the final result; However, I also want to share with you my mistake during this process. Halfway through the project, I finally did what I should have done in the very beginning, research the piece online before you upcycle! What you discover may alter your plans. Granted in this case, I do not believe I would have done anything differently, but it really got me thinking about these pieces and how research plays an important, but often unspoken role in crafting. A few pieces along the way, I decided to keep in their natural state, and some purists may have done the same in the case of this vintage box. Turns out this little box with legs is a Priscilla style sewing box most likely from the depression era 1930’s to 1940’s. I saw a few online in various states, some painted and upcycled and others in their original condition range in price between $35 and $80 dollars on Etsy. My antique radar must have been working that day! Despite having no clue about what this items’ purpose was I sensed it was something special.
What would you have done with this piece? Have you ever had something special, but didn’t know it? Do you have crafting regrets? I would love to hear from you!
Vintage Sewing Box Stand
Fabric Of Choice
Acrylic Paint/White Latex Primer
Scissors, Paint Brushes, Foam Craft Brush
11 thoughts on “Thrift Store Surprise: Vintage Wood Sewing Box Upcycle”
Beautiful finished piece. I think you hit a home run!
Thanks! I appreciate that!
I’m impressed. There is NO way I would ever be able to cut the perfect size of fabric, much less modpodge it on there, nope!
LOL I am sure you could do it! Too bad we don’t know each other in the “real world” A glass of wine and some Mod Podge and I would turn you into a crafter in no time! ; 0 )
It looks great! I like the way you gave it a fun, modern look.
You have a good eye! I don’t worry about using things bought at a thrift store. I buy old books that are falling apart and cut pages out of them to use with paper crafts and scrapbooking. It feels like sacrilege.
yes it does, but most of the time I buy with an idea in mind. Headed out to the thrift store today fingers crossed X
I sometimes buy with an idea in mind, but when I get home I can’t bare to change it from it’s original state 😦
I understand! I few items I have picked up in the past I didn’t touch, because I felt they were better in their original state, but I also like to have fun with these items. Regrets, I have a few ; 0 )
I have my mother’s sewing box, almost identical to your piece. I have thought about redoing it, but I haven’t decided how to change it.