Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sewing Cabinet Coat Rack

Looking for interesting and functional ways to add style to your home? This sewing cabinet top turned coat rack can help you with that. And it makes for a great personal style. Vintage. Rustic. Simple. Cool.

There she sews! Well, not anymore. When I found this old sewing cabinet at a local Goodwill last year, she was completely empty.

Materials required:

•Sewing cabinet top
•Burlap Sack
•Coat hooks (I heart coat hooks)

Additional supplies such as a stapler, glue gun, ruler and dare I say...(gulp) a power drill, are also needed.

Once I removed the lid from the top of the cabinet, I immediately envisioned a frame of sorts. Simply add hooks to each side using your power drill.

Measure twice, cut once. Be sure to add an additional 1/4" on each side of your corkboard to allow for the added bulk of the wrapped burlap. (Psst. My pencil is trying to tell you something.)

There are ways to acquire coffee bean and general purpose burlap sacks very inexpensively. I found a box of sacks at a barn sale for about $.25 each, simply because they had been sliced open along the side seam. Therefore workers could easily "spill the beans". I'm so glad they did. ;)

Cut your burlap to fit the piece of corkboard, leaving an extra inch or so to wrap around and secure it to the back. I used a stapler as a temporary hold, then applied hot glue with my gun.

The indentations from the lid hinges give it a nice natural detail.

A sewing detail remains. Look closely and you can see a measuring ruler along the one edge of the frame. Love that!

I will NOT be like my mother. I will NOT be like my mother. Growing up, my mom could never find her keys. Argggh.

I love my mom. :)

Looks like my board is ready for grocery lists, notes, and to-do lists to be added! What do you think?

You can see the first couple of projects I created from this sewing cabinet here and here.

I have also included this project on the following sites and/or blogs.

As always, take care and keep on junking!


  1. I love this! What a great use of the top! I have a similar machine I dismantled last fall, and have been wondering what to do with the top. Yours has such a nice fancy edge (mine is much plainer, but I think this idea will work). Thanks for sharing your idea! I'm curious - what do you have planned for the rest of it?

  2. Candy--that turned out great. When I was very first starting in junking I went to a garage sale where the lady had at least 5 sewing machine table tops like this. I didn't think out of the box much at that point and time so I bought just one. I put a mirror in it and candlestick holders on the sides. Oh how I wish I would have bought them all!

  3. Now i need another sweing table! That is SEW cute!!! :) I just love it, and I have loads of burlap. I even have a place! MUST find sewing cabinet now! :)Thanks Candi!

  4. Hi Candy- that is really a great project! I love the graphic look of the letters on the burlap! Upscale style!

  5. What a terrific idea! It looks fabulous.

  6. I love it!!! That is way to cute! I have an extra one too! Krista

  7. Well, how beautiful and inspiring a piece you've created here! I adore sewing machine tables. So the steel bottoms are of great use to add a surface to for a wonderful one-of-a-kind table.

  8. Ok my friend - when you "tweeted" that you turned a sewing cabinet into a coat rack...I wasn't sure what I'd find...haha!!

    I should know better - you're so darned clever!!! Great job - and awesome new life you gave to this part of the sewing cabinet (I know you're figuring out what to do with the rest...) :) You've got a perfect spot to keep track of important things like keys...and other random junk! Way to go - and Happy Valentine's Day to you, your family and the "pencil"!

    Hugs, Kathy

    P.S. And you used power tools! Woo hoo! :)

  9. So cool Candy.I think I cringed when you first got the sewing cabinet ,thinking "Oh no your tearing it up." Looks great. I think one of my very first trash to treasures projects was a wooden frame I painted red and glued a burlap sack to cardboard and put it in a frame.I think I still have it somewhere and that was 40 yrs ago.See Candy, I don't throw anything

  10. Fantastic! Very clever and useful!!! You have given me such a good idea. I have an antique chair big bottom! Perfecto!
    Smiles, alice

  11. I ♥♥♥ your new unique coat rack!

  12. Words cannot describe how much I adore you and your cleverness! Stunning and practical. The perfect design!!

  13. Love it! What a great idea for a beautiful piece! :)

  14. Fabulous! And beautiful too, I might add!! Thanks for sharing and for the detailed tutorial.


  15. What a great great idea. I love it!! Would love to find some bean bags for .25 a piece. We are having a terrible time finding any, much less at a price like that. Good for you.

  16. LOVE it! I enjoy your blog, too. Lezlee

  17. I love your project! Now I'm on the hunt for an empty sewing cabinet...I think a mirrow would look good too.

  18. OMG - what an excellent idea!! This is fantastic looking and certainly a keeper! And love the comment about not losing your keys LOL Looks like you won't be your mom after all ;) Thanks for sharing AND showing us just how to do it!

  19. Absolutely beautiful Candy!!!
    Happy V day!

  20. This is awesome. I love the old feel of it. Very cute idea!

  21. Such a great idea. It looks beautiful on your wall This is my first time at your blog. It's lovely.

    I'm hosting a party and would love to have you come over and link this up!


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