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Painting Old Sewing Cabinets: 7 Makeovers With Before And After Photos

Painting old sewing cabinets is a fantastic way to give them a modern look. Once painted a sewing cabinet makes a great statement piece for any room of the house.

Mid century modern sewing machine cabinet

The cabinet styles over the years have varied greatly from Mid-Century Modern to Rustic Country. Looking at these painted pieces you would never guess the cabinets once contained sewing machines. The 7 makeover ideas with before and after photos will have you thinking about painting your cabinet.

Painting Old Sewing Cabinets: The Makeovers

Gray and Metallic Copper Paint color combination

Mid-Century Modern Sewing Cabinet Makeover

The first cabinet is one of my favorites. I love the mid-century modern style and who would ever think the gray and metallic copper paint color combo would look so fabulous. I bought the cabinet at the Nashville Flea Market and luckily the machine had already been removed.

A lot of the metal supports for the machine remained and we removed those before painting the cabinet. You can find the complete makeover here……Gray And Metallic Copper Color Combination Is A Surprise

Compact Sewing Cabinet Painted Green

old sewing cabinet from the Nashville Flea Market

I got the cute little cabinet with the rounded drawers at the flea market too. The Nashville Flea Market used to be my favorite shopping place but things have changed at the market over the past few years.


green sewing machine for Behr project

Back in 2015, I painted this cabinet for the Behr Paint company and it’s featured on the Behr Blog, Behr Designer Series. So I don’t have a post on my blog for this one.

Vaseline Painted and Distressed Sewing Cabinet

sewing cabinet before paint makeover

This sewing cabinet still housed the machine and the JTS removed it for me.

How to paint old sewing machine cabinets
How to paint old sewing machine cabinets

The paint finish is layered using Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. I really like turquoise and green together and I’ve painted several pieces in the past with this color combo. See the details for Vaseline distressing here….How To Use Vaseline To Distress Furniture

Black and White Painted Sewing Cabinet

old wood sewing machine cabinet to paint

This cabinet cost $10 and the machine had been removed. A win-win. The cabinet went from being really outdated to being very modern looking with black paint and white wood knobs.

how to paint a sewing cabinet

Black paint is always classy looking but the addition of white knobs gave this sewing cabinet a whimsical look. See the paint finish here…Old Sewing Machine Cabinet Makeover

Sewing Machine Cabinet Painted White

wood furniture to paint

This cabinet still had the machine inside and if you want to see how to remove a sewing machine from the cabinet take a look here…..How To Repurpose Vintage Furniture

Sewing cabinet paint makeovers with before and after photos.
Sewing cabinet paint makeovers with before and after photos.

The little raised detail on the front of the cabinet and the pretty decorative circles on the legs just called for distressing. Find the paint and distressing information here……DIY Painted Distressed Furniture Project Wrap Up

Decoupaged Cabinet Turned Desk

sewing machine cabinet to paint and decoupage

This cabinet was a mess. The veneer on the top had peeled off or had been peeled off. It took a lot of sanding to smooth out the top.

decoupaged sewing cabinet turned into a desk
Painted and decoupaged sewing cabinet turned into a desk.

I did smooth it out and then I decoupaged fabric to the top. The cabinet size was perfect for a desk and the little drawer front actually flipped out. Perfect for holding pencils. I painted the chair and used the same fabric to recover the chair seat. Learn how to decoupage here….How To Use Mod Podge On Fabric Tutorial

White and Gold Sewing Cabinet Makeover

mid century modern sewing cabinet found at the Nashville Flea Market by Petticoat Junktion

The last one is another of my favorites. This mid-century modern piece definitely doesn’t look like a sewing cabinet.

mid century modern sewing cabinet found at the Nashville Flea Market painted white by Petticoat Junktion

I painted the sewing cabinet white and painted the pretty metal feet with gold spray paint. See the how-to here…..Painting Mid Century Modern Furniture White & Metallic Gold

sewing cabinet makeovers
sewing cabinet makeovers

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Let me know which is your favorite and as always thanks for being here, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. I will have to say the first and second cabinets are my favorites. Love the colors you chose. I’ve never tackled a project like that, but you make it very tempting!