An Upcycled Mid Century Firkin Style Sewing Basket


 I love it when I find unusual stuff at the thrift shops, like this firkin style sewing basket.

It was waiting for me to pay $9.99, and give it a makeover.

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 I washed it down good with Dawn dish soap and hot soapy water.  

This is the back view.

 The finish is not in great shape.  It has a few spots with missing veneer.

I removed the hinges and cleaned them with a soft cloth and ketchup (I saw this tip on the internet).  It removed the gunk.  

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I brushed on a couple coats of Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Hurricane Gray.

I did not distress the sides and legs, just the table top.  I used 220 grit sandpaper.


I used the Wedding Ring quilt style stencil from the Artminds 26 paper pattern stencils pack, found at a Michael's store.

I pounced on the pattern using Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Drop Cloth.

A larger vintage wooden thread spool was cut in half, and the halves were screwed into the basket tops as knobs.

  
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Here is the stenciled top, with the spool knobs.

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It's an unusual piece!  

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A perfect place to hide your knitting or stitching on the sides, and also a spot for your pattern books.

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Fun and functional!

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For the most part I think you liked/loved the spool knobs idea, but a few suggested they would look better painted.  I wanted the vintage lettering on the tops of the spools to show.

So, I painted just the sides of the spools with my Dixie Belle Hurricane Gray Paint, and applied more clear wax.

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I think I like this better!

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I think the all natural spools were too light, too emphasized.  

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What do you think?

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  1. What a nice redo of a useful piece if you're a crafty person. I am always drawn to any writing on spools, I suppose a thin gray wash would tone down the natural look of the spools for someone else's taste. Can I get a jolt of your energy? You are an inspiring Energizer bunny.

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