Aug 23, 2014

My Sewing Studio: The Aqua Hutch

Of all the projects in my sewing studio, this one has to be my favorite!  I was searching for something that could do double and table space.  I came across this two-piece gem at a used furniture store for....drum roll please....only $15!!  They weren't actually connected, and at first, I didn't even know if they were a matching set.  The owner of the store had accidentally dropped the upper section while moving it one day and had tweaked the hinges.  When I found it, the door on one side wouldn't close properly.  But, for $15, I was more than ready to tackle the project of fixing the hinges.  The funny thing is, though, that I didn't have to do anything at all.  Just putting them on their backs and driving them home in my van did the trick.  When I unloaded the two pieces, everything worked perfectly.  Woohoo!!

I had plans for the lower half becoming a roll-out work table, so I knew the upper part wasn't going to be able to sit on top of it any longer.  So, I gave the sides a decorative cut and fastened the upper piece to the wall.  The original plan was to add a couple of dowels across the lower area to accommodate spools of ribbon, but I decided to scratch that idea for a less cluttered look.

My husband and son helped me attach it to the wall by screwing it to the studs.

I then turned my attention to the base.  I purchased a sheet of 3/4" MDF and cut a new "drop-leaf" table top.  I also cut a couple of legs from the MDF and attached them to the underside of the table with hinges.  When the extended table is not in use, they fold up neatly for storage.

I purchased a long piano hinge and fastened it underneath so that my table could drop down when not in use.  I also added some heavy-duty casters to the base cabinet so that my work table can move around easily.

Once I had it the way I wanted it, I painted the exterior cream, and the interior, along with the table top, aqua.  I also added some gold details to tie in the existing gold trim on the glass doors.  The hardware was sprayed with oil-rubbed bronze spray paint.

I covered three of the screws that attached the upper piece to the wall with some vintage buttons.  (The upper screws are inside the cabinet and not visible.)

I found some baskets on clearance at JoAnn's that fit perfectly with my color scheme.  The cupboards below are perfect for storing larger pieces of fabric.

The glass cupboard above showoff fat quarters and other smaller pieces of fabric.   
I also had a friend cut me out a well-loved quote from vinyl to add to the piece.  A small tabletop ironing board was covered with the same material as the office chair.

The top of the cabinet was the perfect place to showcase the Singer Featherweight sewing machine I learned to sew on as a child, along with a few other vintage accessories!

When the table is extended, it makes a great workspace for cutting out and creating projects!

The total cost for this double duty storage and workspace is:

Used hutch.....$15.00
Paint.....already on hand
Half sheet of MDF.....$16.00
Piano hinge.....$10.00
Vinyl lettering.....$12.00
Leg hinges.....already on hand

Total Cost....$77.00

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  1. Your room is looking so nice... I like pres. Uchtdorf's quote on the wall too. My husband isn't going to be very happy that I keep looking at your cause I keep getting more inspired to re-do some of my own stuff. Oh well... it's not like he needs to do the work. Ha... thanks.

    1. Thanks Jean! I love Pres. Uchtdorf's justifies my need (or desire) to be creative! Good luck re-doing some of your spaces. Hopefully, the hubby won't mind too much!!

  2. What an amazing makeover! I would never have thought to make this into a sewing cabinet, and I love the look. Thank you so much for sharing at The Handmade Hangout. Featuring tonight at Redouxinteriors.

  3. Congratulations! This post is featured over at Diana Rambles today and has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest, Tweeted, and Recommended on G+. Please grab a featured button off my sidebar or via the link under the features. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

  4. Dropped by from Bacon Time, saw you featured there. Love this, I have just the dresser in mind that I can split and do this to, trouble is I've currently got it in storage in England and I now live in the US. Pinning for the day I'm reunited with it, thanks for the inspiration - Chris @madebyChrissieDt :D

  5. Saw this at Bacon Time! That is a fantastic upcycle. Love the paint choices and collapsible back. Pinned!

    1. Thanks Heidi! The colors make me happy, and the extra table space is great when I'm working on a project!

  6. Looks fantastic! Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream's City of Links last Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week :)


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