Sewing Basket Makeover – In A Few Simple Steps

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One of the things I love about thrift store shopping is that you never know what you will find! One of my favorite tips for decorating cheap is to repurpose thrift store finds. I’m excited to share this sewing basket makeover with you.

This immediately caught my eye when I walked into the store. At half off, I only paid $2.50 for this vintage sewing box. Now that’s what I call a deal.

The only problem I had was deciding exactly what to turn it into.

antique sewing box

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Two thoughts came to mind – a cute bathroom storage basket or a cool outdoor mini cooler.

After giving it some thought, I didn’t want to ruin it as a cooler not to mention how much more complicated this sewing basket makeover would have been!

So here is how I turned it into a cute bathroom storage basket.

vintage sewing box on legs before sewing basket makeover
Antique Sewing Box On Legs

Sewing Basket Makeover

Step 1 – Remove Legs

As you can see, I started to cover up the legs before I realized that they unscrewed! So this step was super simple – just unscrew and set to the side.

removing legs from vintage sewing box

Step 2 – Clean Wicker

Since this was a wicker sewing basket, I wanted to make sure to give it a good cleaning before I began spray painting it.

A dish brush comes in handy anytime you want to clean wicker.

clean vintage sewing box

Step 3 – Spray Paint Sewing Box

I decided on white for this sewing basket makeover. I used Krylon ColorMaster Paint & Primer spray paint.

For this sewing basket makeover, I choose to go with the color white. I used Krylon white spray paint.

It only took two coats to cover the entire sewing box. While I was waiting for it to dry I worked on the legs.

Related: Spray Painting Tips & Tricks

spray paint inside of sewing basket
spray paint sewing box

Step 4 – Sand Antique Sewing Basket Legs

These legs were in pretty rough shape. I knew regardless of whether I was going to paint or stain them they would need to be sanded.

Once I started sanding, I was really liking the raw naked wood that was underneath. I chose to keep them the way they were and not paint or stain them.

sand vintage sewing box legs
vintage sewing box with legs after sanding

Step 5 – Decorate Sewing Basket

Since I was going to use this in the bathroom, I went ahead and filled it up with some cute decorative items.

Towels, candles, soap, loofahs, and bath products were all I needed to dress up this sewing basket makeover.

sewing basket makeover

There you have it! You can easily turn trash into treasure with a little bit of paint and time. You can check out a ton more thrift store projects here.

This was a fun project and I love the way it turned out. So keep your eye out the next time you are thrifting – you never know what you’ll find!

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