Vintage Sewing Box turned Firewood Crate

Vintage sewing boxes are one of those things you see at a yard sale or thrift store and you just have to buy.

Am I right?

But then it sits.

And sits.

And sits.

Until you see your husband lugging arm loads of firewood up the stairs.

Every. Evening.

And you start to feel sorry for him.

Just a little.

So you decide to help him out.

Not by carrying firewood yourself (remember…I’m lazy),

but by turning this…

IMG_7786into this…

IMG_7842Now I know everyone remembers these old vintage sewing baskets.

You open them up and they look like this..

IMG_7788Now I’m no sewer although I do have a sewing machine.

I want to learn.

Really I do.

Anyway…first thing I did was take it apart.


Then I filled in the holes.


Then I painted it with my homemade chalk paint.

Of course it was white.


You can find the recipe here.

I thought I took a picture after I painted it but I guess I didn’t. My bad.

After it was completely dry I found this adorable graphic over at Knick of Time which I saved to my computer.

IMG_7808aI need it to be a little bigger so I uploaded it to Block Posters.

If you haven’t tried Block Posters you really should.

You can make your graphic as big as you need it.

Then just trim the edges and tape it together.

IMG_7809Easy peasy.

I still ended up cutting it up anyway because I knew where I wanted the pieces to go.

I used the chalk transfer method which I have found is by far the easiest method out there.

Just chalk the backside of your graphic like this…


After chalked, flip it over and tape it to your piece…


Then take a pen and go over your letters which will leave a chalk outline on your piece.


After you’ve got your chalk outline you can start filling in your graphic.

I typically use painter’s pen like this…

They’re upside down but whatever.

You can find these anywhere.

I picked up these two from Wal-mart.


Now just basically color in your lines.

I usually outline first then fill in the lines.


After it’s all filled in just let it dry.





It really is easy.

I hand sanded my piece with a sanding block for a distressed look.


Then I decided I wanted an even more distressed look.

So I grabbed my Minwax stain in antique walnut and brushed it all over.


I finished it off with Polycrylic all over.

Gosh it turned out so pretty.


So we went from looking at this…


to looking at this…



That’s much better.



Here’s my favorite view…






Now my husband has help with the firewood.

And it’s not me.

Boom.  I win.



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  4. What a great idea! I do sew and would love one of these for my sewing stuff, but what an amazing wood tote it made. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!

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