I wanted to share my find for the past weekend. While browsing around in one of my favorite local thrift stores, I saw this precious vintage Martha Washington sewing cabinet. Poor thing’s leg was broke, so I guess they thought nobody would want her. The Hubs glued the leg back into place and also added a screw.
Negotiations for Vintage Martha Washing Sewing Cabinet
I explained to the store owner that I was interested in the cabinet. I scored it for $10 bucks. It was so unique. I had no idea what the cabinet’s use is, but I knew it was definitely vintage, but I had no idea what the cabinet was used for. There were two storage compartments on each end, which were very deep. At the time of purchase, I had no idea what this cabinet was.
I decided to post a picture of the cabinet in one of the Facebook groups that I follow, to see if anyone knew the origin. Low and behold someone did. I was told she was a Martha Washington Vintage Sewing Cabinet! How neat! It was pretty obvious too that this was a vintage piece. The wood, the smell, just gave it away. Although after doing some research, I knew it was not from the 1800s. This is when the original Martha Washington cabinet was made for George Washington’s wife. She liked to sew and knit, so the deep compartments were to store material and yarn!
First, I gave her a good cleaning with vinegar and water solution. I use two parts water and one part vinegar for small jobs.
I decided to go out of my comfort zone and use color. The color I chose was Dixie Belle’s Chalk Paint in the color Kudzo. The green was a bit too bright. I added a touch of Dixie Belle Bunker Hill (blue) and Rebel (yellow) to darken up the green. This would darken up the green and give it a farmhouse look. I gave the entire piece, except the top, one coat.
The top is naturally worn and I LOVE the way it looks. Therefore, I did not want to paint over it. I gave it a nice rub down with Bees Wax (get it here).
After allowing my paint to dry for about 4 hours, I heavily distressed the cabinet with 220 grit sandpaper. Update: I received many emails asking why I painted this cabinet. This cabinet had severe scratches and dents that were not feasible to repair. Sometimes paint is our only option.
I found these cute wooden knobs on Ebay for $3.00 each.
I sealed this piece with one coat of Dixie Belle’s Best Dang Wax. See some of the original wood peeking through. It gives it such character. I hope Mrs. Washington would approve!
Dixie Belle Chalk Paint in Kudzo, Bunker Hill, and Rebel
Dixie Belle Best Dang Wax
Wooster Silvertip Paintbrush
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“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it will be.