The Tale of Two Bentwood Cases

On occasion, I get the desire to acquire something unique. (Okay, that’s about every other day, but who keeping track?) Recently, it was an old Singer featherweight in a bentwood case.

99K Singer Hand Crank Sewing MachineThey look something like this. These machines were so well made that many of them are still in use. And I found quite a few that were absolutely in perfect condition – both machine and case.

Well, for some unknown reason, I bought two! Based on the serial numbers, one was from the 40’s and one from the early 50’s. The older one was described as being in perfect working order too. But the other one had a foot control and a built in light on the back of the machine (to shine on the sewing area).

Well, much to my chagrin, neither of the boxes arrived without incident, shipping took a real toll on both of them. So, I opted to put together one using parts from the other to make it look almost perfect again. I cleaned the wood and lightly sanded it and then gave it a coat of stain in the same color, just to bring out the richness of the wood. I then added two coats of poly to help protect it. I also swapped a few parts, mostly decorative, as one machine had much more ornate detailing.

The other box, well, it couldn’t be saved. See how the handle sits on top of the case? Well, pressure on top of the box during shipping had literally pushed the handle through the top of the box. And then in jumbling about during transit, the connectors (where the box attaches to the base) broke and then the machine just bounced around inside the case, causing more damage. I tried very, very, very hard to restore it, but it just wasn’t saveable.

So, I opted to give it a treatment like I had done before with a dresser (and did a bunch of trunks this way ten or twelve years ago). I like how it came out:

2014-10-20 18.26.58So everything is still functional, it just now has a new look. Whaddyathink?

Oh, and worked on this photo to get my “Before & After” shot of the changes in the sewing room. The angle that the photograph was taken isn’t the best – as it is difficult to see the new cabinet on the other side of the television armoir, but trust me, its there!

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I still need to add more lights in the back corner for the two embroidery machines and that is in the works. Months ago I picked up these lovely antique hanging globes (two different sets with two lights each), but I need to get them rewired and then hung.

I found this wonderful site online that I want to order electrical cords from, I have been on this site everyday since I found it and I can’t wait to get going. You should check ’em out! It seems like their prices are extremely competitive, although I know once I get started, I am going to be sending a lot of money their way!

For the sewing room, I’ve got these in mint green picked out, the socket cover and a twisted cord:

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I also have been collecting decanters for use in recreating something like this for the front foyer/entryway:

decanter-light… except I will use red socket covers and red wires:

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I think it will look very striking! Well, you know me and my red kitchen!!

julie

 

 

PS…for those interested, I am not being paid for nor sponsored in any way for the mention of any products or stores in this post. I just like the way that these particular products work and want to share with you!

Still Keeping Busy at Work! But Getting Some Things Done at Home…

This past weekend was interrupted by a request from The Kid to go ‘abandoned house hunting’. Seems he has been collecting a few military surplus items and really wanted to go camping, but now with the overnight temperatures falling down to the 40’s, I am thinking it is a tad too cold for overnight. As a compromise, we stayed in a 4 star hotel! Now, that’s my kind of camping!

This hunting trip was unusually disappointing… most of the homes we ran across had been abandoned some time ago, some were even a little too scary to go into… the biggest thing I worry about is having the floor give way on us as we explore.  We did stumble onto one house that had their tornado shelter in amazingly good condition, although it seems that it had already been scavenged. It was nice to spend some one on one time with my teenager, though, and he did most of the driving.

Short of that, there wasn’t much time for anything else. I did manage to coerce some small things out of the Kid in order to be able to justify the trip, like this wonderful installation in the garage.

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We found the cable kits at IKEA last weekend and I picked up a couple just because I knew they would come in handy somewhere. And here it was! I am still stomping my feet to get everyone to put tools away after using now that we’ve completed the garage makeover, and I figure this might just make it a little bit easier. If you can just reach over and hang something, that has to be easier, right?

We made the first attempt at placing beadboard into fronts of the cabinet doors for the new cabinet in my sewing/crafting room, but sadly, it just didn’t work well. The beadboard comes in these huge sheets and it was just too thick to a) get good adhesion and b) look nice. Thankfully, it was easy to pull the pieces off and clean up what little glue was left behind.

I found a faux beadboard wallpaper at Home Depot (online) so, now am waiting its arrival for ‘take 2’. This is what the online ad looks like, so I am hopeful.

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This entire wall of cabinets already in the room have beadboard fronts, so I want this new cabinet to match. (BTW, those cabinets store 95% of my fabric stash, most still on the original fabric bolt). I love that I was able to do this when we built this house.

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I have also been slowly working on the two Singer featherweight sewing machines I bought via eBay. I am combining the best of the two into one working on with its beautiful bentwood case restored and varnished and poly’ed. Very close to having those done as well. I doubt that I will sew with it, what with the four other computerized machines I have, but I just love the design and simplicity of the machines and wanted to have one. Who knows, maybe after the apocalypse, it will come in handy!

Two smaller things I was able to get done were more decorations for the sewing room. One is an “accidental” collection of sewing machine feet, some from my mother’s sewing machine, some from my machines and some that came with the the recent featherweights that I recently purchased. Some of them are so intricate that they needed to be displayed. So here they are:

photo 1I love the variety of these and most of them I have no idea what they are used for. I think the one in the upper right corner was used for making/sewing ruffles.

And the next one is something that surprised me, but these are the bobbins for the older featherweight machines. I just loved the idea! So, yes, I had to go find more. 🙂

photoOkay! Yikes, once I got going I couldn’t stop! LOL. That’s enough for today, much to do this week in preparation for this weekend.

julie

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