LIFE AT THE COTTAGE

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Time Travel Thursday #9 - Vintage Sewing Machine Drawer Transformation


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Welcome to the nineth Time Travel Thursday linky party at the Brambleberry Cottage.

Are you ready for our next trip back in time and into the future?  Okay; then here we go!


I found these wonderful old vintage sewing machine drawers at one of my favorite local haunts–a flea market in Lexington, NC.

They were a steal at only $2.00 a piece.


Just take a look at the incredible original appliqué.  Isn't it fabulous?

I so adore the charm of vintage pieces!

I had been looking for old drawers like these, to create my interpretation of something I had seen in a local gift shop. 


While I absolutely loved the timeworn patina on these pieces, I still wanted to soften up the look a bit. 

So...I sprayed them with one of my favorite white paints–Krylon Dover White.


You know we're always looking for ways to use our salvage bits and pieces, right?

Well, in this case, I used an old spindle–with four indentical sections–from our stash in the barn to make the perfect feet for my project.


The sections of the spindle were cut apart and attached to the painted drawer with square-head screws. 

 

Of course, any wood screw of the right size would work.  I just happened to have those particular screws handy.


I did not attempt to get a good solid coverage of paint on these pieces, because I knew I would be distressing areas to reveal the original patina of the vintage wood.


Because the drawers were deeper than I needed, two boards were cut for each for inserts.

With a hole-saw attachment on the drill, three holes were made in one of the boards to accommodate the other pieces of my project.


Now everything was in place to pull it all together.

For this project, I had set aside a group of lovely glass light fixture covers that I found at a thrift store–only $1.99 for four. 


I added three of them to my little drawer, dug up some of the moss from my yard–to place around them–and created a sweet little light to illuminate my front porch at night.


This fabulous little makeshift votive holder–along with the numerous fireflies that visit each night–is all that is necessary to add ample ambience to my comfy cottage porch.

I'll be linking this terrific transformation to Gina's for Transformation Thursday, Suzanne's for Vintage Thingie Thursday, Leigh's for Thrifty Thursday, Jillian's for We Can Do It Cheaper, Becky's for 100 Ideas Under $100.00, Allison's for Hooking Up with HOH, Carolyn's for Make it Yours Day, Cheri's Spotlight Yourself, Tere's It's Party Time Thursday, Jane's Frugalicious Friday, Meg's Everything but the Kitchen Sink Party, Thrifty Tickle's Vintage Suitcase Friday, Cindy's Show and Tell Friday, Bobbie's Check Me Out Saturdays, Susan's Metamorphosis Monday and Rory's Tools Are For Women Too!.

23 comments:

  1. That is so cute. And such a good price!!

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  2. Beautiful!! I can't believe you only paid $2 each! That's a steal!

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  3. Those drawers are fantastic!!

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  4. What a steal for only $2...they look great!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  5. Okay, seriously cute! I love it! As soon as I saw those drawers I was drooling, the possibilities are endless! Awesome job!

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  6. That really is a cute idea. I love it all creamy white.

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  7. Pretty and thrifty! What's not to love?

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  8. I love that you used the light fixtures - I have a thing for them and keep picking them up!!

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  9. I luv what you did with the box.. Great idea..
    Maggie
    http://cuttingabove.blogspot.com

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  10. This is great, Liz! What great detail those drawers have. I see sewing machine drawers every so often on blogs and their transformations and I love them. I'd love to find one myself ~ they seem to be very versatile as to what they can hold.

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  11. great idea, love it! have to get to these flea markets. Live in South Carolina but was born a Yankee from Michigan!

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  12. BEautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And very well done!
    Thanks for linking to Thrifty Thursday on Tales from Bloggeritaville.

    HUGS!
    Leigh
    www.lbratina.blogspot.com

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  13. what a great idea....it came out so cute!
    gail
    adventuresininnkeeping.blogspot.com

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  14. Too cute! You are so crafty! A good way to recycle these ols drawers!

    Happy VTT!

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  15. Like the others have said, I can't believe they were only $2.00!! I have looked at sewing machine drawers for several years and in our area they are VERY expensive.

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  16. I just love that! What a creative idea ;)

    Have a wonderful ViNtAgE tHiNgIe ThUrSdAy!

    Sarah

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  17. This is a darling and creative idea! I love it. The drawers are beautiful!!!

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  18. Liz, what a great idea-how cute!!! It is amazing what you can do for hardly any money and it turns out amazing!! Great job!

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  19. I love what you did with the drawers, I have one like that and I might have to get it out and experiment! Thanks for the party and your nice comments!

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  20. What a great project you came up with. it turned out gorgeous. I love the added moss, nice touch!

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  21. This is awesome! I love it. Great idea and great execution!

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