It’s the second Wednesday of the month, which means I’ve been working on another project for our Thrifty Chicks Junkover Challenge! (You can check out last month’s challenge with a chair theme in my post, “Leg-O-Matic Chair Refresh”) This month we are creating with a “kitchen” theme. I designed and created a Repurposed Vintage Sewing Machine Drawer Organizer, a fun re-purpose for an old sewing machine part!
Be sure to check out all the fun projects down below!
Repurposed Vintage Sewing Machine Drawer Organizer
Start with a Vintage Sewing Machine Drawer Skeleton
Instead of creating something from kitchen items, I decided I needed to refresh a roadside find I’d found this spring (“Curbside Junking Adventures and Tips”) for the kitchen. I created a kitchen organizer from the skeleton of a vintage sewing machine drawer.
There are plenty of creative uses for the drawers of vintage sewing machines (just check Pinterest), but I hadn’t seen anyone figure out what to do with these drawer skeletons. I don’t like any vintage pieces to go to waste, especially if they’re made with great old wood.
I had piled the drawer skeleton on top of a few bins in the basement, and had haphazardly stood it up, like in the top photo. Guess that’s why my brain was leaning towards using it in the “standing” position. And it’s so much more fun to create something completely opposite of how it was originally used, right??
The bottom and the sides would need to be closed with something to create spaces on the inside. Yardsticks are a vintage DIY’ers best friend; I try to keep a stash of them at the ready.
Mr. Fix-it and I talked over the plan. I’m the designer and finisher, he’s the engineer and carpenter. And the partnership is going much more smoothly now that we don’t have the stress of filling a store…just sayin’.
Create the Bottom of your Sewing Machine Drawer Organizer
First, pop the drawer glides off (in pic above). You won’t need these…at least for this project;)
Cut squares to fit between each section, leaving room for the width of the rulers to wedge in on either side…you’ll see that soon.
Then I sanded it all smooth and brought out the character of the old wood.
Cut the Yardsticks to Fit into the Ends of the Vintage Sewing Machine Organizer
We wanted the yardstick sections to fit perfectly into the grooves that were already there. Mr. Fix-it pushed the yardstick flush left into the groove and then cut it only slightly wider, in order to get them in. He also notched a couple in case that would help get them in. The last row needed to be smaller, obviously, so he cut it width-wise to fit.
Finish off both ends with the short sections of yardsticks. Use either wood glue or small nails to keep them in place.
Cut Yard Stick Sections for the Sides of the Sewing Machine Organizer & Nail In
For the sides, cut yardsticks in 12″ sections. I wanted one side to be colorful and the other to be subdued. We spaced the yardstick sections evenly, with small spaces between each. He clamped them so they wouldn’t move while he nailed them in. A pneumatic nailer enabled it to get done quickly.
This is the colorful yardstick side.
Here’s the junk lover’s classic side:
Seal with a Coat of Poly
I seal and finish off most of my wood and metal projects with a brushed on coat of water based polyurethane. It brings out the beauty of the character-rich old wood.
This project was almost done, but it needed a little something at each end to increase it’s use in the kitchen (or wherever).
Attach a Hanger or Clip to Each End of the Organizer
An old insulator and a vintage clip were screwed to each end. They can be used to hang a utensil or clip a recipe card. The tall sections can hold whatever you want. To go along with our “kitchen” theme, I placed rolls of tinfoil, cling wrap and long cooking utensils in the different sections. It’s a one-stop-shop kitchen organizer for the cabin, RV, or even out by the grill!
It’s got great vintage, repurposed style! The sewing machine drawer skeleton has finally found a new life!
Next time you spy an old sewing machine drawer skeleton, where someone has already grabbed the drawers, remember this fun project! And make sure you check out all the other Thrifty Chicks’ kitchen projects below. Think this Repurposed Vintage Sewing Machine Drawer Organizer will enjoy a long life on my kitchen counter!
Thrifty Chicks Junkovers Challenge: Kitchen Ideas
- Debra from Shoppe No. 5, “A Kitchen Cabinet Door into a Towel Holder”
- Diana from Adirondack Girl @ Heart, “Christmas In July DIY Project”
- Kandice from Just the Woods, “How to Make a Coffee Bar Sign”
- Marie from The Interior Frugalista, “DIY Silverware Windchime”
- Tania from Little Vintage Cottage, “What To Do With A Collection of Random Kitchen Do-Dads”
- Tuula from Thrifty Rebel Vintage, “How to Make Repurposed Folding Strainer Flowers”
Sharing at these lovely parties: