It’s time for another round of Themed Furniture Makeovers with my DIY Furniture Gals. Each month we challenge each other to make over a piece of furniture with a theme. This month the theme is outdoors. My mom’s friend picked up this sewing cabinet from the curb knowing that I would enjoy making it over. This sewing cabinet is no longer a sewing cabinet, it’s now an outdoor bar.
This sewing cabinet had definitely seen better days.
After cleaning the cabinet, I used copious amounts of wood filler to smooth out the gouge marks on the legs. After the wood filler dried, I sanded the legs to get them as smooth as I could and then sanded the rest of the piece.
An 18 quart dishpan from Walmart was purchased to become the sink part of the bar. Mr. SP decided that the dishpan should be inset into the cabinet so that the table top pieces could close over the sink. To accomplish this, we first traced the top of the dishpan and then cut on the line with a jig saw.
We then cut plyboard to hold the dishpan into place. We had to use two pieces of plyboard because we didn’t have a large enough piece on hand and had to make do with scraps. The plyboard was glued and screwed into place, so it should have no problem supporting the weight of a dishpan loaded with ice and drinks.
I wanted to use a bright and cheerful color for this piece since its meant to use outdoors for parties. I chose Ava from The Plaster Paint Company.
To protect the paint, I sealed this piece with my favorite poly, General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Satin.
The original bat wing pulls were reused but given an update with black spray paint.
The knobs came with an Ikea Rast dresser. We upgraded to pretty knobs for that patriotic hack and kept these in case we ever needed them.
When the leaves are opened, the party can begin!
The leaves offer plenty of space for snacks, napkins, and glasses.
The wood filler worked like a charm on the gouges in the legs. I wasn’t sure if it would work, but you’d never know that those marks were there.
I think that this piece will find a new home at the lake as it will be perfect for entertaining on the dock. Speaking of entertaining, we’re hosting a bluegrass jam Friday night and having guests over the weekend and then again next week, so I think that I finished this piece just in time to for when we can use and enjoy it.
You can see all of my Themed Furniture Makeover Day projects here.
I am excited to see all of the outdoor projects for this month’s Themed Furniture Makeover Day. Click on the links below to visit each post.