A Sewing Cabinet Refurbished with Yardsticks

Mr. Deanie found this super little sewing cabinet. Now here I have to apologize for not taking a before photo. I planned on rehabbing the piece but Mr. Deanie beat me to it. Here is the story of a sewing cabinet refurbished with yardsticks.

The top of this little adorable sewing cabinet was pretty rough. It would need a lot of work or I would have had to paint the entire piece. So I told Mr. Deanie, I was thinking…. (famous words that he doesn’t always want to hear). LOL! My idea was to take some of the yardsticks from my huge stash or hoard and cut them to fit the top of the cabinet. The sewing cabinet would then have a unique top and what more fitting than something that measures. It would be refurbished with yardsticks!

Mr. Deanie carefully chose yardsticks that were all the same depth or height. Not all yardsticks are the same. Some are thin and some are quite thick. Then he decided it would be nice to feature the words. He cut them to fit and carefully sanded the corners so they would not be sharp.

Mr. Deanie glued and tack nailed the yardsticks on the top. When he was finished with that, he stained the yardsticks with Watco Danish Oil in Medium Walnut. He also went over the rest of the wood with some of the Watco Danish oil. When he was finished he put on a clear coat of Deft.

I absolutely love how this turned out. If I had room, I would keep it for myself.

Refurbished sewing cabinet with yardsticks on top!

The top lifts open to reveal a storage tray that lifts out.


There are 2 additional drawers. This piece is great for sewing or other needlework.

We have this wonderful little cabinet for sale at Red Door Antiques and Resale in Canby and the price is $85.

What do you think of the sewing cabinet that was refurbished with yardsticks? Do you think it would have been better to paint the piece?

Wishing each of you a great experience in finding your own junk treasures and rehabbing them.

Wishing you many blessings in 2017.


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