Thursday, November 28, 2013

COATS Super SHEEN Thread Cabinet

Long time sewer here. Until computers arrived. Now it is more mending or making curtains and finding thrifted sewing fixings. LOVE sewing fixings; baskets, ornate vintage scissors, decorative trim, buttons, wooden spools.

Archbishop Carney High School had their annual humungeous garage sale in late October, 

saw a COATS thread storage cabinet, heavy! There was a wire shopping cart for sale, bought it, set the thread storage cabinet on top after filling the cart with my other finds, good to go.

The cabinet sat awhile in the living room, then the kitchen. It was headed for the shed.

Then on November 13th I saw Donna of Distressed Donna Down Home's  transformation of old tape box into a display cabinet and I decided that the COATS cabinet could also be made useful again.

Thanks Donna for permission to use your photo.

Cleaned the bits of grease and dirt from the top and the spider nests under the base with a damp cloth, sanded a little and wiped again.

Taped then painted the top with CeCe Caldwell Vermont Slate Chalk-Clay paint.

Great match with the original colour. Decided to paint the back and sides as well, but didn't touch the sections with lettering or numbers. Dusted the thread storage areas as much as possible.

Waxed all the painted areas. White flecks were in the brush and polished off. After waxing I had to wash the bristles which absorbed some black while waxing. 

Before and After

Dressed the COATS Thread Cabinet up a bit

with Sealers of Buttons and Spools.

Could not find anything similar online. Best descriptors were thread cabinet and I am guessing this is circa 1970's Commercial Thread Cabinet. I know I bought thread from this type of storage during the '70's. Checked with my Sister and her Sister In Law and they concurred.

Storage and a Display piece for a sewing room.

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  1. Neat Cabinet good call not doing the inside, Have a Happy Day! Rob

  2. I love Donna's cabinet and I love yours too.


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  4. oh I remember buying thread from those too! Such a great job you did on it! WOw I love old thread spools!
    Great job on the trunk too!
    Your booth looks fabulous! Brought a friend threw and she bought two of your diamond turquoise Fire King mugs! Loves them!

  5. I am always amazed at how magically you transform things!! Just beautiful!!

  6. fantastic cabinet for thread, I remember that too from the 70's. Love how you transformed it! Lovely.

  7. Joy - love that cabinet!! You did a great job restoring it. Very interesting piece.

    Happy Thanksgiving dear friend.


  8. What a great cabinet and a great way to display so many color threads.

  9. I like it. That sale sounds great. Terrific cabinet.

  10. Wow! I love this cabinet. You made it look amazing.
    A great find.

  11. The thread cabinet is very cute! I like it a lot!

  12. What a great antique, love how you painted it! Thanks for sharing! Happy December 1st!!

  13. What a treasure!!! I remember shopping with Mom at Mr. Rotolo's Variety Store and he had a cabinet just like this!!! How GRAND!!!

  14. A wonderful find and cabinet. You did a great job on the makeover. Have a happy week!

  15. What a treasure and it's found a good home! So much love and care and attention from you...and it looks wonderful! :)

  16. It looks great and now it's something you can use and enjoy! Very nicely done my friend!

  17. Totally cool. I have something like this at the cabin and keep meaning to bring it home and use it somewhere. :)

  18. Nice piece Joy ... looks great all cleaned up and I am sure you will find many ways to display it.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  19. This is a gorgeous thread case! i'm so jealous!

  20. Thanks for the shout out and the photo of my cabinet. I am so sorry I missed this post - company over Thanksgiving. Love how you updated the spool cabinet. I do remember selecting thread from these.

  21. There are different instruments that help with sewing like a point turner, crease ripper, sewing measure, 6th finger stiletto, stamping pens, thimbles, scissors, glues, hand needles, and significantly more. These things will influence your sewing to work straightforward and machine embroidery thread brand


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