I tried a new paint color for the old sewing machine cabinet makeover. I thought the color wasn’t going to be black…..but it’s black. Just wait until you see the makeover results. Paint and a change of hardware works wonders.
There were a few things to take care of before I could paint the sewing cabinet. The first order of business was to screw the cabinet top to the base. This is the piece that normally lifts up to raise the sewing machine. The JTS used a countersink bit to drill the holes for the screws.
And this is how it looks. The screw sits flush with or below the top. You sure don’t want a screw head sticking out of the table top.
To hide the screws I covered them with Elmer’s wood putty and waited for the putty to dry.
Then I sanded off the excess putty until it was nice and flush with the cabinet top. Looks perfect doesn’t it. I sanded the whole cabinet top because it was a bit rough in places where the original finish was flaking off.
I didn’t notice the loose veneer until I was cleaning the cabinet. Have to take care of that before painting.
Since I was ready to paint and didn’t want to wait on wood glue to dry I grabbed this little tube of DAP Rapid Fuse. It dries really fast. I use gloves for products like this because I absolutely hate it when I glue my fingers to the furniture.
I got a bit of excess glue around the raised wood. The reason the glue is everywhere is because I kept pressing down and rubbing my gloved hand over the area until the glue was dry enough to hold the veneer in place. That took 2 or 3 minutes.
Since I didn’t think the paint would adhere to the glue very well I sanded off the excess glue.
When removing the knobs before starting the painting process I found one of the knob screws was behind the little tray thingy on the inside of the sewing cabinet. I removed the tray so I could remove the knob. I need to go back and take a photo of the inside of the cabinet door.
I painted it too and screwed the tray back in place. I’m sure the tray was used for spools of thread, bobbins, etc. It’s a great place to hold pens, pencils, tape, etc. because the repurposed sewing cabinet would make a great desk.
I’ve used the no wax chock paint before. In fact I know Marilyn! She lives here in Clarksville and first retailed her paints and other DIY paint products at the shop where I have my booth. I painted a pink chest of drawers and a blue chest of drawers with the paint a while back.
You can find information and paint directions on the back of the paint jar. The color for this project is Industrial.
I was looking for a color similar to the Deep Caviar paint color from Benjamin Moore. The photos of the paint projects I see online look like the color is almost black but with a slight brown case. That’s what I wanted. Stay tuned because I’m going to mix two chock paint colors together and see what I come up with.
The photo above shows the cabinet with one coat of paint. I applied two coats because there are always spots in the corners or seams that I miss. The color is pretty and the sheen is the best part. I’m not sure how to describe the sheen. Maybe between matte and eggshell but with a soft glow……weird I know.
Okay, now for some different pulls. There was one of the original knobs missing and the knobs were sooooo blah. The JTS bought this huge bag of plain glossy white knobs at an auction for 2 or 3 bucks.
At the time I didn’t think I would use the knobs on anything or at least not without painting them. I was wrong. The shiny knobs look great against the black paint.
The sheen makes the color look a bit different but it’s definitely black, regardless of what my friend Sara says. The color is Industrial from the Miss Lillian’s No-Wax Chock Paint line.
I like that the chock paint goes on smoothly and covers really well. Marilyn, the developer of Miss Lillian’s No-Wax Chock paint, calls it “Chock” because the term “Chalk Paint” is trademarked by Annie Sloan. If you use a trademarked name improperly you can be sued. That is why you see names like “FolkArt Home Decor Chalk”, “Kilz Chalk Style”, “Rustoleum Chalked Paint”, “Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint”, etc. instead of calling them plain old "Chalk Paint".
Are you guys surprised I didn’t distress the paint? I am. The finish looked so darn smooth and pretty I couldn’t bring myself to distress even the smallest bit.
It needs a cute little chair or not. The black cabinet would make a great bedside table or anywhere table.
Even with the curvy legs the sewing cabinet has a modern look. I think it’s the knobs.
Updated! To answer your questions in the comments this a.m. about the paint. I did not seal the table but I would suggest to apply a top coat if the piece will get a lot of use. If you are using the furniture on a porch or other outdoor covered area then use a sealer made for the outdoors. Latex or water based sealer should be used.
The paint is not thick and doesn't look like chalk finish paint at all. It goes on smoothly and covers really well. Yes, the sheen is beautiful. I took the cabinet to the shop the day after painting. The paint has not chipped at all even when I close the cabinet door. I still need to get that photo of the inside. I will try to make it to the shop today and take a shot of the inside.
What do you guys think of the project? I’m patting myself on the back and doing the happy dance. Leave a note and you guys take care of yourselves, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen (Petticoat Junktion)
Kathy is the founder of PetticoatJunktion.com, a home décor blog focused on repurposing and upcycling furniture, old hardware, rusty stuff, and thrifty finds into unique home décor. Kathy’s projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Read more about Kathy here.