repurposed sewing machine drawer with flowers

Sewing Machine Drawer centerpiece

A year ago on a trip back to Minnesota to visit family, my mom was sharing her ideas for some assemblage art and little finds she had picked up at my grandparents.  My mom is an amazing artist that can do just about anything!  We spent an afternoon digging through my grandma’s basement looking for more inspiration.  I came across some old sewing machine drawers and thought they had potential.  I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with them, but loved that I could reuse them in some way. I decided to paint them and give them new life.  I am currently using one as a table centerpiece with flowers in mason jars, but I could see this drawer being used in so many ways.  The jars could be used as an art supply organizer, storage for bathroom items, and to even hold silverware and napkins for a party!

repurposed sewing machine drawer with flowers
© Eclectically K & L 2018



  • Wooden sewing machine draw
  • Sand Paper
  • Chalkboard paint (I used ArtMinds brand from Michaels in Porcelain)
  • Chalkboard paint wax (ArtMinds brand)
  • Paint Brush
Wood sewing machine drawer, chalk paint, paint brush, and sandpaper
Supplies need


  1. Sand drawer if desired and clean well.
  2. Apply a coat of paint to the drawer and allow to dry according to paint instructions.  For this paint the wait time is two hours.
  3. Apply a second coat of paint.  As you can see below, the second coat of paint made a huge difference.  Allow to dry for two hours.
  4. Once the paint has dried, you can take a piece of fine sand paper and very lightly remove brush lines if desire. I also used sandpaper to create some wear marks to give it a distressed look.
  5. Apply wax to drawer with a brush or cloth.  Remove excess wax with a lint free cloth and allow to dry for 24 hours.  The wax provides a protective coating to the surface of the paint.
  6. Buff the wax with a lint free cloth.
  7. Fill with mason jars and flowers!drawercenterpiece1


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