Old made new

A sweet relative driving cross-country was generous enough to bring along my late grandma’s old sewing chest and deliver it to me. Made by my grandfather, I remember it as a fixture in her sewing room. I’m not sure what all the nooks and crannies were for, but he sure worked hard on it and it is a delight to finally have it in my hands.

Of course as soon as it got here one of the sides fell off from the stress of the journey. It had only been glued, so that was no problem to fix.

The top was waterstained and beaten from years of use; I had known that and got right to work refinishing it. (As per usual, I forgot to take a before shot). I didn’t use any strippers or refinishers, I just sanded the old finish off. Luckily the waterstains weren’t very deep, so it only took an evening.

Two coats of Danish Oil and three of poly, and the old sewing chest is looking good as new. It will make a nice end table, or perhaps SofĂ­a can use it for crafts storage.

I also inherited a lot of my grandmother’s cookbooks, including one very special one that merits its own post.

3 Responses to “Old made new”

  1. Heidi Says:

    so glad to see it is (re)-loved…
    Grandpa would be proud.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    A treasure!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    What a treasure!

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