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
- 1 Norton Sanding Bug & Sanding Pads
- Bag of Rags
- Painter's Pyramid Finishing Turntable
- 2 Foam Brushes
- TransTint Concentrated Dye Solution in Dark Walnut
- General Finishes Milk Paint in Linen
- Solid Brass Jewelry Box Feet
- 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)
- 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?