Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Sewing Chest

Once again on my favorite junking street on 
my way to work...

I found another tossed away treasure...
an old sewing chest! 


or at least I thought it was great at the time...

It was very cool, it opened up on both sides to reveal 
some awesome storage...


I used it to put tools in for a while...
until the rusty screws on the side of the 
chest began to go...

 

 I got tired of fixing it so I did what any good junker would do when they don't know what to do next... 
I took it apart...

Remember the lamp?


Here's what I salvaged from the sewing chest...
these were the top 2 covered shelves.


I cleaned them, sanded the tops, distressed the edges
traced a bowl for the circles and started stamping...


 I ended up with 2 of the cutest storage 
boxes for my desk...







The moral of the story is:
Don't see what it is, see what it can be!

Susan


24 comments:

  1. It's a shame that the chest didn't make it, but you did a wonderful job on decorating the storage boxes for your desk! They look lovely.

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  2. Aw Susan, you've done a great job - love the boxes! Too bad about the chest though, oh well.

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  3. Great idea, Susan! They would be cool for storing your stamps, too!

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  4. What a great idea. I love how you see all the possiblities in something and then just run with it. Really, really nice job!

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  5. Love what you did with that broken sewing chest! The storage boxes are super-cute!

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  6. I have the same box, have done nothing with it. I now have ideas moving through ! Thanks !

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  7. Excellent motto! Love the little boxes with the stamps. Such a great idea. xox

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  8. Very cute! And I have the napkins that match the tablecloth under those boxes! : )

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  9. You have the best ideas! Love your "new" boxes.

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  10. So cute!!! Thanks again for introducing me the that staz on ink...love it!!! Laurel

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  11. Wow! How awesome is that. You are the most creative person I know. I need to start looking at things a little differently I guess.
    Love the boxes.

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  12. Susan, you have an amazing knack to see what "could be". Fabulous!
    Peggy

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  13. Love the ingenuity it took to create these, Susan! :-) The postmark is so cute!

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  14. Brilliant thinking! Both boxes are amazing! Which junking streets are your fave?! Remember I'm not too far from you!!!! ;)

    Jeanine

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  15. Perfect! I love how you made the one look like a letter post. Great idea.So handy, who wouldn't want that on their desk? It's adorable.

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  16. So very creative! I never would have thought of that.

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  17. You are so smart. I love to see what you are to next.

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  18. What a find and the price was perfect (free!!!). I love the little boxes for desk storage and the stamping looks wonderful. Great idea!! What a shame to lose the old sewing chest. Could the screws not have been replaced? I have my Mom's old sewing chest just like this one. It's full of all sorts of sewing supplies, some hers and some mine, and use it often.

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  19. Wow, I'd never have thought of that! Love how you added the artwork and made them still useable.

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  20. Hi,
    Really liked what you did with the sewing box. I still have mine from the late 60s, early 70s but I think yours is much older give its style. Though I don't sew any more, I still use mine for what little sewing stuff I have left.
    Cathy

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