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Thread: Restoration of my vintage sewing cabinet

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    I posted about my CL find http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-144713-1.htm and decided to refinish the tired cabinet over the weekend. A lot of elbow grease and many hours later here it is. I'm very happy with how it now looks and I'm not an antiques lover. It looks more modern and will fit in my decor better. The poor cabinet was all scratched and had numerous "cup" stains on the top. No more!

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    Great job.

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    Good job. I love those drawer pulls. :thumbup:

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    Very nice....what era is the cabinet. Looks very 'art deco' with the square handles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leggz48
    Very nice....what era is the cabinet. Looks very 'art deco' with the square handles.

    I'm pretty sure the cabinet is original to the machine. It does have a serial # which Singer used to put on them. It would be in the mid 50's.

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    Did you spray paint the handles? They look awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldswimmer
    Did you spray paint the handles? They look awesome!
    Yes I did. I loved the handles, but not the cruddy finish on them. They were originally an old, tarnished and stained brass.

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    I love it...I need a tute on this...I just bought one similar and I would like to refinish it...did you sand it down...

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    Yes, completely sanded down, stained and 2 coats, satin finish, poly sealer. Here's a link to the original Singer pic of the table http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...ny/65_cab.html Mine has different pulls, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Yes, completely sanded down, stained and 2 coats, satin finish, poly sealer. Here's a link to the original Singer pic of the table http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...ny/65_cab.html Mine has different pulls, though.
    It turned out beautiful!!

    All of the cabinets that I've bought have cup stains on them also. I wonder what these women were drinking :shock: :shock: :shock: while they were sewing...lol!

    What did you use to sand it...what type of sander?
    ETA: I love that machine in that cabinet. The 2 tone green compliments the brown of the stain.

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    You would die, i just cut into the top of a very similiar cabinet of my grandmother's so i could fit my more modern machine into it! I decided she would want me to be able to machine quilt comfortably...

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    Quote Originally Posted by leggz48
    Very nice....what era is the cabinet. Looks very 'art deco' with the square handles.
    I agree. Looks very "mid-century modern-ish."

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    LOOOVE the handles....

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    Very nice job. I have several in the garage that I need to work on. Need some motivation.

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    It looks wonderful! Pat yourself on the back for a great job!!

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    Haha, I thought the "before" picture was "after" and I thought, "Geez, that still looks AWFUL!" But I scrolled down and saw your AMAZING work! It looks fantastic!

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    Nice job

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    Oh, so much work, but certainly worth it

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    Amazing what a little elbow grease and determination can accomplish! Nice job! You've got yourself a beautiful cabinet...well worth the time and effort!
    Enjoy it now!! :)

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    That is just like the cabinet my grandmother had. In the late 40s or early 50s she converted her old treadle to electric and bought this cabinet for it. I sat in front of that cabinet a lot.

    You did a great job on it.

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    that looks like a fabulous Singer 319 in your cabinet. that
    is the fastest going sewing machine of any I have sewn on !
    good job on the cabinet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Yes, completely sanded down, stained and 2 coats, satin finish, poly sealer. Here's a link to the original Singer pic of the table http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...ny/65_cab.html Mine has different pulls, though.
    It turned out beautiful!!

    All of the cabinets that I've bought have cup stains on them also. I wonder what these women were drinking :shock: :shock: :shock: while they were sewing...lol!

    What did you use to sand it...what type of sander?
    ETA: I love that machine in that cabinet. The 2 tone green compliments the brown of the stain.

    Yes, I don't have a picture of the original underside of the top. But, it must have had a good 8 cup stains. I think so many people have just used these as either end tables or bed side tables over the years and haven't gotten into the habit of using coasters! It took me a while, but the stains are gone. I wish I'd taken better "before" photos to show just how sad it looked.

    I sanded by hand, with a mouse sander and a regular, electric sander.

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    Quote Originally Posted by polkadotgirl
    You would die, i just cut into the top of a very similiar cabinet of my grandmother's so i could fit my more modern machine into it! I decided she would want me to be able to machine quilt comfortably...

    No, I wouldn't die:> You gotta do, what you gotta do.

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    Yes, it is:>

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    Excellent work! You are so talented! I'm sure I'd either poison/gas myself or at least muck it up. Super job!

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