Monday, May 26, 2014

The Cabinet Craze

How I wish there was a rush on sewing machine cabinets! I have them all over the house (with sewing machines in them) and in the garage without machines. I have refinished one for myself and sold 2 that I only refinished the top surfaces. This summer I know I need to start the process of getting those in the garage in shape (and out the door). Here's a selection of the ones I have not given away or sold yet. Yes, I gave 2 away in September.

This popular art deco style has shown up many places but I love the new finish. I have a Kenmore 158-1813 inside and an Elna Pro 5DC Serger on top

Only the top needed to be refinished: inside was a White 

Real wood cabinet for Singer 403; bench not original to this model but works well.
Prairie style treadle cabinet that came with a Sew-More electric that is now in a portable case.
Blond wood cabinet that was sold with a White Model 77 inside.

This is an Art Deco cabinet that I could hardly resist. The Pfaff 130 inside got my attention but the cabinet is the real winner. Unfortunately, the Pfaff's wiring is shot and the finish is crumbling so it's on the shelf for now but the cabinet got sanded down today and will get a coat of stain tomorrow. These photos were taken when I got it home so it's in a pre-sanding state and looks like it's been stripped of its finish already. Look how cool it is with the center of the cabinet pulling out to reveal it's a chair. But that's not all, the chair also has 2 drawers in it. Additional storage in the cabinet includes four small drawers on the right and a false set of drawers on the left to hide 2 shelves. The pulls were pretty dirty but they cleaned up to show they are solid brass. Oh yeah.

Now if I could only find a way to keep this one...

8 comments:

  1. I would love to find a piece like this for a vanity. I love sewing cabinets and have started the collection. Mostly mid-century with one early 20th century Parlor cabinet with no innards. I love the idea of using a hide a char sewing cabinet as a vanity. I dob't spend too much tome fussing with my face. It's take five and I'm out. Where would I find something like this?

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    1. I'm afraid the Pfaff cabinet, although not rare, is still hard to find. I have seen them come up on Craigslist so be patient and keep looking!

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  3. What a collection! I do love the last one most of all. It is odd to have seen this style about but never this cabinet until one came to me, and now they are popping up all over as it were. I wont be able to be parted from mine for love nor money now though, the solid design & loads of storage are indispensable. The part about the handles being brass I must check out; mine are painted over in some gross chipping enamel.

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    1. Glad you like the cabinets and what a treasure to have one you can keep. All of the cabinets have sold, except for the top one that has my Kenmore in it. I love them all but can't keep them all!

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    2. Hello my name is Cathy Nuest and I know this conversation is almost a year old but I just picked up a cabinet like the one above and the sewing machine is a Pfaff is a 230 and is missing the power cord. It is in great shape. I paint furniture and that was my reason for purchasing it. I love the hidden chair and thought that it would be a great selling point. My son encouraged me to keep it as is and sell it. I have know idea what it is worth or if anyone is interested. Thank You for your time

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  4. Karen, can you share your secrets about how you got such a pretty finish on that Singer cabinet? It is just beautiful! Thanks.

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  5. The Singer I refer to is the deco latest one with the pretty brass handles.

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