Amazing Find: Antique White Brand Sewing Machine and Cabinet

Can I just say….WOW!  Look what I just got for 50 smackeroos!  This cabinet!


Take a moment and adore it with me.  Aaaahhh.  Ohhhh.  OK, that’s enough.  Thanks!


I was in our local small town, tiny thrift shop the other day and saw this baby.  She was opened up with all kinds of misc. junk displayed all over the table top.  Hard to even see it for all of the junk on it.  But… then I stepped back and saw the details and was whooped.  Price tag said $100, but everything in the store was 50% off that day.  So, like a dummy, I left the store.  Dum-mm-y.  The whole drive home I thought that I should turn around and go get it, but I didn’t.  Once at home, I agonized about driving back the 10 minutes to go get it until it was just too much to take.  I grabbed my 14 year old, bribed her to go inside a thrift store with me and hustled back down there.

As soon as we walked into the store, we headed right to the machine and started removing all of the junk from it and another lady came up and started checking it out.  I subtlety hinted that it was mine and she graciously backed away… for a minute.  She then kept coming back, cursing herself for not nabbing it sooner.  She even went and got her husband to come and look at it, all the while making sure that I was indeed going to buy it.  Now, it is not in my nature to be mean, at all, but I was not about to walk away from this find again.  Poor lady.  I really do feel bad for her.  She was 15 seconds too late to buy this:


Check this out:


…you use your knee instead of a foot petal.  Really…how cool is that?  Want to see how easy it is to stow the sewing machine away?


You just lift up and close the extended side table and it disappears into the cabinet.   I really hope that this post doesn’t sound all braggy.  I am just super excited and thought that I would share.

Now, the Million Dollar Question:  Should I leave it as is or paint it.  I know that some people (my husband and my dad included) would want to slap me silly (in a non-violent way!) for even thinking of painting this antique.  I tend to prefer painted wood over non-painted.  It’s just me.  Ask my hubby.  He will go on and on about how I painted over his 8″ oak trim molding that he planed to perfection and made a decorative edge with his router.  I will go on and on about how much better it looks painted white.  I painted that and just about every other bit of molding, trim, wood ceilings, etc., etc., etc. in our old house.  Totally improved the place.  My opinion.  But look at these examples:

See what I mean?  Hard decision.


So….what would YOU do?  Leave it or paint it?




16 thoughts on “Amazing Find: Antique White Brand Sewing Machine and Cabinet

  1. Thank you so much for the link to my vanity and for your kind words in your email (I can’t respond to my email at the moment). The cabinet is beautiful and, of course, I would paint it! 😉


    • I spent a lot of time drooling over all of your awesome furniture makeovers on your blog. You have found and re-done so many amazing pieces! Thanks for letting me share one of them!


    • Your post is several years old now. I only found it because im buying the same exact sewing machine and cabinet. I bought it on line for $20.00. Im so excited about it. Being as old as it is, it needs TLC and im happy to do it. Do you still have yours and did the machine work?. Im waiting for delivery now. U decided to go with the wood finish. I live dark wood. I was also wondering if you know the value?. Please respond and thank you so much for your time. Mary.

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      • Wow! I thought that I got a good deal, but $20?!? I also tried to research after buying mine, but found next to nothing. I wish I could tell you the value but I really have no clue. I think the cabinet is so beautiful and have never seen such an ornate sewing machine. I have never tried using it. I think that the coolest thing about this cabinet is how you just lift up the top and the machine comes up. It amazes me every time! I’m excited for you…enjoy your new purchase!


  2. PAINT IT!!!! There is no place written in the bible that says “Thou shalt not paint antique furniture”. However, there are many places where there is reference made to words such as redeeming, and making white as snow. Which are good things. Personally, I think that painting brings out the lovely detail, especially if it is a light color. Love your blog! It’s like you are sitting right next to me…brightening my day, and encouraging me to be brave. I had a mantle installed, and I just painted it. Grey…for now. Maybe black later. Jeff is out of town, so I ordered shutters! We are buying our appliances this week! Our stove top will be induction! OOOoooo! scary sci-fi new! GE Profile Stainless steel! Keep blogging! I love it!


    • You are so sweet! Have you gotten up the courage to paint your dining set? I know that it would be beautiful! You should google or do a Pinterest search for painted dining sets and see if anything tickles your fancy. It takes next to no time at all to sand down a table top with an orbital sander. You could even stain the table and seat tops and paint the legs and chair backs. Spray paint goes on SO fast. Miss you!


    • I haven’t painted it…yet. Maybe ever. At the moment, I am liking the way it contrasts with the newly painted white walls in our guest room. I have no idea what the piece is worth. I have tried to Google it without any luck. Thanks for your comments!


  3. I have that identical cabinet with White brand sewing machine, which I inherited from my grandma… I remember seeing it in her house when I was little (50+ yrs ago). I have no idea of it’s age, it did come with it’s care and use manual, “Book No. 31”
    Personally, I would never paint mine.
    If you ever can find parts, I’d love to know where…..

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  4. I found the same cabinet at a local estate sale…I would never paint any of the antiques I was handed down but this needed a little “pop” so I painted it matte black for the base and refinished the top. I love it! When you open it people gasp at how pretty it is. Post pictures when you do yours, I’d love to see it!


  5. Hi! I bought the same cabinet at a veteran thrift store today, i paid $50 and would love to know more about the year it was made, and all the history of it , please share, i would definately sand and paint with a natural tone!!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!!


    • Congratulations on finding such a treasure for quite a bargain! I have tried to find info about this machine/cabinet online, but so far, nothing. If I do end up finding something, I will be sure to let you know. Thanks for stopping by my little blog!


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