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 piece of furniture tucked away in the back of the store. Poor thing’s leg was broke, so I guess they thought nobody would want her.
I approached the store owner, and told her I was interested in the cabinet. I scored it for $10 bucks. It was so unique. I knew it was vintage, but I had no idea what the cabinet was used for. There were two storage compartments on each end, which were very deep. I had thought maybe it was for an entry way, and the deep compartments were to store umbrellas.
Here she is. The Hubs glued her leg back on for me. That’s literally all it took.
I decided to post a picture of the cabinet in one of the Facebook pages that I follow, to see if anyone maybe new 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 1800’s. That 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!
I gave her a good cleaning with TSP. This stuff is awesome for removing all the grime and yuck.
I decided to go out of my comfort zone and use color. I saw a green piece someone painted on Pinterest and the green was beautiful! It Dixie Belle Paint in the color Kudzo. The green was bit too bright so I added a touch of Dixie Belle Bunker Hill (blue) and Rebel (yellow) to darken up the green. I wanted a more farmhouse vibe. I gave the entire piece, except the top, one coat.
The top was worn and I LOVED the way it looked. I did not want to paint over it. So, I just cleaned it with my TSP and then 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. I wanted to keep the vintage feel as much as I could. I found these cute little wooden knobs on Ebay for about $3 bucks each. They sat in my stash for months because I only had three. I thought they made the perfect touch!
I love how some of the original wood can be seen peeking through. It gives it such character. I hope Mrs. Washington would approve!