Don’t you just love finding objects from the near-past? Yes, the stuff that was only cool a few decades ago and is now an artifact even when you are a part of that same era? haha. This vintage sewing bucket is a Mid-Centry piece and were quite a hit. Particularly the Firkin sewing bucket with the solid build and tapered legs, like this one.
It’s in decent shape with original parts, even the handle in one piece. However, the built-in divider has had a few repairs. Sorry for the fuzzy pic – I was trying to rush before my pup butted in.
What is more, the inside has seen some wear with stains too.
First, in order for me to do the repair work on the divider, I need to take this bucket apart.
These handle plugs are basically dowel inserted into the bucket. In addition, though, the divider is nailed in from the sides and the bottom, so it took a bit to get it apart. After I remove the divider, I also remove the L-brackets and screws.
Next, as soon as I have the pieces apart, I drill one side of the split to make spots for mini-dowel pins. I glue those in and then mark on the corresponding split piece so I can drill matching holes. Finally, I add wood glue to both and the seam and clamp together until cured.
Once I have the pieces secure, I add a touch of wood filler, let cure, and then sand down.
UPDATING & DECORATING
While there are many ways I could have gone with this vintage sewing bucket, I truly wanted to give a nod to the Mid-Century era while updating it. That means, a paint comes into play.
For the exterior, I use a basic white for the main bucket, but do something fun to the inside and outside as well.
Here’s the end result of my DIY fun. My vintage gem now rocks a modern vibe with plenty of life left for creative folk to get their fix.
Not only seeing this complete makes me happy, but almost gives me the urge to pick up my hooker craft outside of winter…almost. Do you have handwork you do too?
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