Estate Sale Find to Sewing Room Organizer – A Quick-Over

In my last post I promised to share an estate sale find that Mr. Deanie did a Quick-Over on to help me organize my sewing room/office. I use this room for sewing, crafting and as an office.  The before of the corner of the counter was not horrible.


This was the corner of my long counter to hold some of my supplies and display some of my goodies. It is made up of 4 different little shelves that are different widths and heights. This corner is directly behind my laptop so I am staring at it a lot! This was the before.

The main reason that I did not really love it was because there was not one continuous surface on top to display items. So consequently I was always knocking things off of it.

So I said those famous works to Mr. Deanie….I was thinking….  Mr. Deanie is so patient and doesn’t even roll his eyes at these words any more! I wanted something for this corner of my counter to hold and display items that would work better than what I had been using. In other words, I need an organizer.  I was thinking about building it out of old boxes, reclaimed wood, or something on those lines. He gives me a look and says, I think I have just the thing. But…I say… it has to be at least  40″ wide x 18″ high x 4″ deep. He is proposing an old drawer he has out in the shop. I am not convinced but I decided to wait and see what he came up with in the shop.

We had purchased an old dresser at an estate sale which really needed more TLC than it was worth, but for $5-$10 (can’t remember which!) we could repurpose its parts. One drawer was totally broken and in bad shape and the top of the dresser had been trimmed to fit under some molding. The dresser was solid oak and had great hardware so we bought it. All pieces of this great estate sale find will be used for something.

Now Mr. Deanie took the one large drawer that was in decent shape and turned it into wonderful organizing shelves for my sewing room. It is 33″ wide (not my 40″) x 14″ high x 8″ deep. Now it is not as wide as I thought I wanted but it is twice as deep.

Mr. Deanie took the back off of the bad drawer and used it for a shelf in this drawer. So now I have 2 shelves and the top, which is like having 3 shelves! What a wonderful organizer!

I had planned on using my Rustoleum Chalked Paint on it. But when he brought it in the house, I loved the old oak finish on the top. So I couldn’t bring myself to paint over it. You can’t replicate that kind of patina.

This organizer may get stain on the inside at some time in the future. For now, I decided I would use it as found except I rubbed Howard’s Feed-n-Wax on the top to shine it up and condition it. It does wonders on old wood.


Here it is in place all loaded up with my supplies. This organizer is deep enough that I can put vintage cheese boxes as drawers and jars fit two deep. I love it! Thank you Mr. Deanie!! I didn’t need 40″ wide after all! Mr. Deanie knows me so well! 



This is how my organizer looks today but I am sure I will keep adjusting and moving things around. Stay tuned for the next post on setting up a thrifty planner that will fit any budget! How to set up a blogging planner is coming up soon.

Thank you for taking the time to read this far! I really appreciate it and love to read comments.

Wishing each of you a great journey in your hunt for vintage items and make sure to have fun along the way! Remember you are making memories!

Wishing you many blessings in 2017.


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