Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Mandala Painted Sewing Box

I'm really excited to share this sewing box makeover with you today. It's been on my 'to do' list for a few years so I'm happy it's finally done and that it turn out as well as it did. 
Mandala Painted Sewing Box
This sewing box belonged to my mum, I think she had it as a wedding present back in 1967. Growing up it was always in the corner, stuffed full of sewing bits and pieces. I remember we always used it as an extra seat at the dinner table at Christmas and other family get togethers too. 
It had definitely seen better days, the legs were very scuffed and the top was quite badly scratched and watermarked. I use it as my sewing box now and it sits in the corner of our dining room which is all whites and greys so it looked a bit out of place. Time for a makeover.
sewing box before its makeover
I unscrewed the hinge, took the lid off and the "don't open too far" chain thing, gave it a good clean and a light sanding.
The green fabric lining inside was ok and so I didn't even try to remove it. I just taped it up carefully and painted the sewing box with 3 coats of Painter's Touch Satin paint.
Once it was all put back together it already looked much better.
Mandala Painted Sewing Box
sewing box makeover
I wanted to do something a bit fancy on the top and after a little thinking time I decided on a simple mandala.  
I drew some circles with a soft pencil, just drawing round a mug, a saucer and a plate, then filled in a mandala pattern. You can see a more comprehensive tutorial about drawing mandalas here.
I've not balanced the colours on these photos - it is all the same thing, honest! - but any messing about made it impossible to see the pencil lines!
Mandala Painted Sewing Box
I painted the lines with a grey acrylic paint and a fine paintbrush. The finished mandala is clearly hand painted, it's not perfectly symmetrical or even but I like that. If you wanted to try a more perfect look or were just not confident to draw your own design then a stencil would be a good way to go.
Mandala Painted Sewing Box
The sewing box has a tray that sits on the lip inside. No 'before' photo I'm afraid but it was the same wood as the main box. It had 3 coats of the same Painter's Touch satin paint.
sewing box tray
I lined the base with some scrapbook paper. I didn't stick it down, this way I can change it easily if it gets grubby. 
sewing box makeover
I needed something to keep my sewing machine bobbins under control so I took a small cardboard box (this one had had pritt glue sticks in it) cut it down and covered the 2 halves in the same scrapbook paper.
bobbin storage
Ta-dah! This is as tidy as my sewing box has ever been, or is ever likely to be!
sewing box makeover
Sewing box makeover
I'm so happy with how this turned out. I was a bit worried that I might mess it up and wish I'd never started but no, all is well.
Mandala Painted Sewing Box
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30 comments:

  1. This is beautiful, Julie! It's perfect for storing sewing supplies and keeping all of the small items stashed together. The mandala is a fabulous touch!

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    1. Thanks Kathy, the trick now is to try to keep it as tidy as this!

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  2. Oooh this is lovely! So professional and stylish!

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    1. Thank you Caroline, I am super pleased with it, especially that I didn't mess it up!

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  3. It turned out beautiful! I love the mandala on top.

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    1. Thanks, I love mandalas, they are very soothing to draw but thankfully not too difficult if you keep it simple.

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  4. Love your beautiful design on top! I have an old sewing box that you've given me inspiration for!

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    1. Thank you Roseann, It did turn out exactly as I had imagined it in my head which is always a bonus. I hope your sewing box makeover goes well if you decide to have a go.

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  5. This is such a pretty makeover. The mandala looks so nice and really personalizes it. I love redoing these sewing boxes.

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    1. Thank you Debra, it was reading furniture makeovers on blogs like yours that gave me to final nudge to actually get the paintbrushes out and do this!

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  6. Your sewing box looks GREAT! :)

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  7. That's a beautiful makeover Julie. Mandala always amaze me and you did it perfectly.

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  8. This looks lovely! I've been keeping an eye out for a sewing box at the resale shops but it never even occurred to me to paint one. So many more options that way!

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  9. This is so beautiful. So much better because it was your mother's. It looks new now. I am off to look at the how to do a Mandella post, like it much more than a stencil.

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  10. My Nana had a sewing box similar to this one next to her chair in the living room. When I was little she would always pull out one project or another to work on in the evening. As she got older, it was more likely to hold her TV guide and remote control, hahaha. I love how this project turned out. Thanks for sharing it with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg :)

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    1. It's nice to think back on precious memories isn't it.
      A box like this is also perfect for resting a cuppa on too!

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  11. Beautiful sewing supply box Julie I adore it

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    1. thanks Amber, what a lovely thing to say :-)

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  12. You have done a great job. I have just inherited my mum's sewing box, although I don't have it yet. I think I may be too scared to do anything with it, but I am looking forward to looking through the contents.

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    1. I did have this for over 4 years before I finally took the plunge and got that paint brush out. I think it's ok to have precious inherited items and keep them just as they are for as long as you want. No rush to make changes at all. (but now I've done this I am glad I did!)

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  13. What a cool piece of furniture! The Mandela is perfect for it. Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week!
    Kim

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    1. Thank you Kim, I'll let me kids know something I've done is cool!

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  14. Beautiful job and great tutorial! Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW's DIY party!!

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  15. Beautiful job on the sewing box. I love that you created the Mandala yourself. Thank you for sharing your project at the Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party!

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  16. This is so beautiful, I love the lining of the tray. Every time I see such project I want to paint all my furniture in the house :).

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    1. It's hard to know when to stop isn't it? There is such a lot of amazing painted furniture around these days.

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  17. Now it is so beautiful you will be tempted to move it from the dining room into the living room for all to see. Love the addition of the flower on top. Julie you have to find one of those for me. I've got so much stuff and have resorted to putting them in a suitcase because a regular sewing box will not do!

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    1. Thanks Mary, I'm afraid this is not al my sewing stuff though! I have 2 plastic boxes in one of the kids wardrobes too, plus bits and pieces al over the place. I do try to be tidy!!

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  18. Such a great makeover! I love your hand-painted mandala! Thanks for sharing at Sew It Cook It Craft It.

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    1. Thanks Lina, I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.

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