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How To Repurpose Vintage Furniture

Repurpose Vintage Furniture

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Hi! Welcome to repurpose day. You guys know the JTS (aka hubby, aka Junktion Technical Specialist) does the heavy work around here. Since he’s under the weather I’m taking charge. I can handle some furniture repairs and I can take things apart like nobody’s business. Today I’m taking something apart….kind-of.

sewing machine cabinet

The JTS bought this vintage sewing machine cabinet at an auction. I decided to repurpose the cabinet as a bedside table. It’s the perfect height and I love the detailed legs and little curlicues.

how to remove sewing machine from cabinet Petticoat Junktion

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First thing to do though is take out the heavy sewing machine. The JTS and I looked it over and decided on a plan of action. I only needed to remove two screws and the sewing machine was out. I did the heavy work while he took the photos. Until he gets to feeling a little better that’s the way we’re working.

There were two hooks attached to the backside of the machine, one on each end. You can see one of them in this photo.

removing sewing machine from cabinet Petticoat Junktion ·The sewing machine slipped right off those hooks after I removed the screws.

sewing machine with knee pedal

Next I flipped the cabinet over and started working on the knee pedal. That’s how this machine operated. You pressed your knee against the pedal to make the machine run. I used a sewing machine similar to this one in my younger days…..really.

vintage sewing cabinet project Petticoat Junktion

The JTS couldn’t resist getting hands on. I think he was tired of me giving him photography lessons. Plus he’s hard to keep down.

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The machine and knee pedal were out so we closed the top and…..


….screwed it down so it wouldn’t come open accidentally when moved. The plan is to paint the cabinet off-white and distress all those lovely details. I had a couple more projects to put finishing touches on so I saved the painting for another day. After standing on the concrete floor in the workshop for a couple of hours and taking the sewing machine apart, my old body was feeling it. When I’m done for the day and sit down at night the top  of my right leg aches and aches. It hurts on the outside of my leg below my hip. Don’t know why, it just does. I take Fast Acting Advil® so the pain goes away and I can get some sleep . There’s always tomorrow and more projects!

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You guys stay tuned…I’ll have this DIY project completed really soon.

Have a great day, Kathy

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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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