Vintage 1970s Sewing Basket Makeover

Over the summer, we went to a yard sale at the Tuck Farm in Bedford County and I found a vintage 1970s Max Klein sewing basket along with lots of yarn and needlework patterns.

Isn’t this a gorgeous spot? This picture is from a fall yard sale a few years ago. Sunrise service is held here on Easter.

Tuck Farm Bedford County VA

I passed the yarn and patterns on to my aunt and crafty cousins and kept the sewing box to makeover.

Vintage 1970s Sewing Basket Makeover

I discovered that the sewing basket is a Max Klein product. Max Klein plastics were sold at KMart. See more of his designs here.

1970s Max Klein Sewing Basket Makeover

The inside includes a tray for storing thread, bobbins, pins, and more.

1970s Max Klein sewing basket

Under the tray is more storage for sewing supplies.

1970s Max Klein sewing basket

Max Klein Sewing Baskets for Sale

Click on the arrows to see Max Klein sewing baskets available to purchase.

The End Result

To makeover the sewing basket, I painted it and then stenciled gold paint onto the details. The final step was to protect the finish with wax.

I love the end result!

A vintage 1970s Max Klein sewing basket gets a makeover.

The gold really brings out the sewing box detail.

A vintage 1970s Max Klein sewing basket gets a makeover.

I also painted the inside of the sewing basket.

A vintage 1970s Max Klein sewing basket gets a makeover.

What a difference a little TLC makes!

A vintage 1970s Max Klein sewing basket gets a makeover.

This sewing basket will be passed along to one of my former students, Kallena, daughter of a very dear friend.

When Kallena was born, her grandmother said, “Kallena. Rhymes with Skulina.” We got a good laugh out of that.

Vintage 1970s Sewing Basket Makeover

A vintage 1970s Max Klein sewing basket gets a makeover.

A vintage 1970s Max Klein sewing basket gets a makeover.

Materials

  • Paint - I used chalk paint.
  • Paint Brush
  • Gold Craft Paint
  • Stencil Brush
  • Paper Towels
  • Paper Plate

Instructions

  1. Clean the sewing basket.Sewing Basket Makeover
  2. Paint with desired paint color. I did three coats of paint.Sewing Basket Makeover
  3. To bring out the details, use craft paint and a stencil brush.Sewing Basket Makeover
  4. Dip bristles of the stencil brush into craft paint poured onto a paper plate. Tap the stencil brush on a paper towel to remove most of the paint.Sewing Basket Makeover
  5. Using an up and down motion, add gold paint to the details.Sewing Basket Makeover
  6. Protect the finish using either wax or polyurethane.
  7. Enjoy!A vintage 1970s Max Klein sewing basket gets a makeover.

I so much enjoyed updating this sewing box and I hope that Kallena will enjoy using it for years to come.

Vintage Sewing Basket Makeover

40 Comments

  1. Paula, I have a sewing box just like this that belonged to my mother-in-law! I didn’t realize it was designed by Max Klein or sold at K-Mart. Thanks for the history lesson! I love how you updated yours with chalk paint. I’m going to do the same thing. Instead of dated it will now look chic in my sewing and craft room! Thanks for sharing. Pinned!

    1. Thank you so much, Kim! It’s neat that your mom had a similar sewing basket. My 1970s sewing basket was green and my cousin had the same sewing box but hers were blue.

  2. Beautiful! Your friends daughter is very lucky! Hope you and your mom are doing well this gorgeous week! Big TX hugs!

    1. Thank you so much, Stephanie! This is a good week for Mama. Two more treatments and then surgery and she’s done.

  3. Oh my gosh, Paula … my mom had a sewing box just like this, but green. It brings back so many happy memories. I love how you transformed it. Love to Sherman. xo

    1. I am so glad that my post brought back a memory for you. I can’t wait to pass this along to my friend’s daughter.

  4. That is definitely a great update to your vintage find! I think I remember seeing those at K-Mart as a child. 😉

  5. What a great “save”! You totally transformed that blah piece. I remember these from the 70’s and many of us had some version of these boxes. It’s gorgeous. I’m sharing your post at All About Home Monday evening. Thanks so much for coming by and sharing your great idea.

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