Monday, September 27, 2010

Sewing Drawer Wine Server

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I have more entertaining ideas than I do guests to entertain! Oh well. I'm hoping you have opportunities to  entertain company or even need an idea for a hostess or house warming gift. This project turns a shabby old drawer from a vintage sewing cabinet into a junk-chic way to display, serve, or gift a bottle of wine. 

Topped by a lock mechanism (key included) as a finial and given some importance with solid brass feet, this sewing drawer wine server is the unexpected twist that will have your guests asking, "How'd you do that?" For a project rather small in stature, it took us quite a few steps and quite a few supplies. Hang on to your DIY hats. Here's the play-by-play on how we made our...

SEWING DRAWER WINE SERVER

SUPPLIES FROM ROCKLER.COM
OTHER SUPPLIES
  • 1 drawer from vintage sewing table
  • 2 plastic containers for diluting stain & paint
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Salvaged piece of solid copper
  • Salvaged lock mechanism with key
  • 1 bottle of wine (not to be consumed until AFTER the project is completed)
TOOLS
  • Tape measure
  • Cordless drill
  • 1/8" drill bit
  • 19/64" drill bit
  • Rubber mallet
  • Horizontal band saw
  • Belt disc sander
  • Step drill bit

STAGE 1: SAND & PREP

I used the Norton sanding bug to sand the wood surface of the sewing drawer.
I removed the sanding dust with a rag from the bag of rags.


STAGE 2: STAIN

In a plastic container, I added water to the TransTint per instructions.
I placed the drawer on the Painter's Pyramid Finishing Turntable.
I applied the stain mix to the exterior of drawer using a foam brush.


STAGE 3: PAINT

I then diluted the linen milk paint to create a translucent application.


After applying the diluted paint to the interior of the drawer using a foam brush,
I wiped it back using another rag from the bag of rags.


STAGE 4: JEWELRY BOX FEET

Ron used the tape measure to measure in 1/2" from all corners and marked the points with a pencil.


He measured the jewelry box feet...


...and chose a drill bit that was slightly smaller than the feet. We used a 19/64" bit.


He pre-drilled the holes using a 1/8" bit and then drilled out the holes using the 19/64" bit.


After drilling, I stained the bottom of the drawer with the TransTint solution.
A rubber mallet was used to gently persuade the feet into place.


STAGE 5: COPPER PLATE BASE

We measured the inside dimensions of the bottom of the drawer...


...and trimmed the salvaged copper piece using a horizontal band saw.


A belt disc sander was used to quickly clean up the sharp edges.


The ever-trusty Gorilla Glue was used to attach the copper plate to the interior bottom of the drawer.


STAGE 6: ADD FINIAL

Ron grabbed the drill again to drill out the appropriate hole size for our finial using a step drill bit.


We dry fit the finial (an old lock mechanism with key)...


...and then applied Gorilla Glue to attach the finial.


STAGE 7: ADD FINISHING TOUCHES

I used leftover raffia to tie a vintage crystal prism around a bottle of wine.


Then placed the wine in its new home.


With a couple glasses and a few extra accessories,
we are ready for a glass of wine after a detailed project!


QUESTION FOR YOU...

Okay, now tell me the truth! Does anyone actually read all these step-by-step posts? With all the photo planning, putting together supply lists, and providing play-by-play details, these tutorials take a lot of time and effort to put together!! Do you like details or do you prefer more of an overview of the project and seeing the before and after shots?

What's your preference?
Details or overview?

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11 comments:

  1. I prefer (when reading) that if it's fairly obvious what was done; an overview and before & after pics.

    If it's something new or tricky, then lets have a full tutorial.

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  2. Well you know you don't have to ask me that question (I hate reading anything). Ha! Btw, you should have told Ron to get a manicure before he had his hands photographed! Hahahahahaha!

    Lani

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  3. Really nice project! I say bring on the tutorials! I've learned about so many tools and products that I'd never used before in just this fashion.

    Polly

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  4. This is so cool. It looks like a coffin to me so you should get a scary label for your wine bottle and set it out for Halloween!

    Meg

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    xoxo
    Megan

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  6. Amy - you're so creative. I love your ideas! Wine? Entertain me! You might have more guests than your wine serve can accommodate after this post. ;)

    I don't actually read the step by step unless I book mark it then am actually giving it a try myself - but I DID learn something from your tutorial. Those little feet...had no idea how they were actually 'installed'! Now I know! Thank you!

    Roe

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  7. just gorgeous!
    I am coming over to say Hi after Cheri introduced you to us newbies....
    I love how your project looks so simple, but you really put a lot of creativity and love into it. Looking forward to seeing more inspiration!

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  8. I love the step by step instructions and always read through them...as I never know when I may pick up some ideas or know-how for other projects. Thanks,

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  9. Amy I'm a 'blow by blow' girl & LOVE the effort you go to with your tutes....There's never ANY doubt as to HOW something was put together....You know, like when you're reading Ikea instructions & HALF the info is missing....I realise though it IS a lot of work for you to go to put these posts together....To be honest, & we spoke about this at Junk Bonanza....I just don't know where you find the time....!!

    Cheers for now from your NUMERO UNO Aussie fan,
    Tamarah :o)

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  10. Bring on the details! I may not read EACH word, but the details are a life-saver when trying to actually copy something.

    Thanks for all the inspiration!

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  11. I REALLY appreciate the details! Love your blog and tutorials! Thanks for sharing and inspiring :)

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