Sewing Box Makeover

I scored several great finds on our last Goodwill trip, so you'll be seeing makeover projects a lot around here in the next few weeks - hope you don't mind! This week, a sewing box. We were cruising around the furniture section and this fantastic box was just hanging out above the sofas: Old wooden circular sewing box before update

I was drawn by those amazing hinges, and then I opened it up...

Old wooden circular sewing box before update

...and saw the spool holders! I think you'll agree that it had to be mine. I loved the wood, but it was really beat up and the wood was splintering a bit, so I decided it would need to be painted. Luckily, I just acquired a bunch of Martha Stewart craft paint, so I had lots of colors to choose from (these are just a few).

Martha Stewart satin craft paint

I decided on blue and got to work. I have to tell you, this might be my new favorite crafting item. The paint is nice and thick, so it covers really well, and the coats dry quickly. One coat provided enough coverage that it probably would have been enough, but two gives it a really solid color. It doesn't smell, and washes easily off of brushes and hands. It comes in a huge range of really nice colors, and the color on the label is pretty true to what's in the bottle. I would highly recommend them - I'm now actively looking for things to paint :P.

Once I got the color on, though, I decided that it just wasn't enough (not the paint's fault at all, just me being picky), so I broke out the Modge Podge and covered it in some leftover Birch fabric. This is what I ended up with:

Thrift store wooden circular sewing box after update, modge podged with fabric

The underside of the lid is painted white, and I ended up mixing red and blue to get a dark purple for the inside and the handle.

Thrift store wooden circular sewing box after update, modge podged with fabric

The hinges definitely look old and a bit tarnished, but they're so pretty that they had to stay.

Close up of hinges on thrift store wooden circular sewing box

I left those spool holders (obviously!) and it is perfect for my current hexie project. I think I may add a little box or maybe a pocket at some point, to have a place to store extra needles and my thimble and other odds and ends, but I'm pretty happy with it for now!

Inside of thrift store wooden circular sewing box, with spools of thread and paper pieced hexagons

The final tally was $6 for the box, maybe $1 for the Modge Podge, and about $1.50 for the paint (the fabric was in my stash). Well worth it, in my opinion!

Before and after of thrift store wooden sewing box