Carmel Baird



My Horn Sewing Cabinet – I have had this cabinet for over 30 years.  It was a ‘brown’, like many pieces of furniture back in those days, about 30 years ago.

I forgot to take a before picture but I’m sure you can imagine it.

This is the first piece that I have had problems with as far as the paint goes.  I used a Rustoleum chalk paint  in a grey but there were problems with the paint drying, no matter how long I left it, when the next coat went on it took some of the previous paint off.

I ended up mixing my own chalk style paint in a white and painted the top and front with that,  the sides and trim on the front I was able to leave and seal with Cabot water based Poly.  I used the previous drawer pulls, they were timber so I gave them a coat of white, then used silver ‘Rub’n’Buff and sealed that with the Cabots.

I love this cabinet as it houses most of my sewing essentials and best of all, my machine is always at the ready, just flip the top back, the Horn Lift brings the machine up and I’m ready to sew.


service-632813_1280I have been saying to myself and anyone else who would listen that I would like to learn how to use power tools and make ‘things’. I know Bunnings have lessons at times but overtime I check the lessons are for children. Now I know I would be in that category as far as knowledge goes but…I would like to be with other adults, nothing worse than a little child showing you up. At least if it is another adult it doesn’t look so bad.

Well yesterday while listening to the radio, there was a lady interviewed who has started a place where someone like me can go and have lessons to use power tools, build things, take a piece of furniture and upcycle to bring it into today and make it useful again.

And…guess what this place is called, She Skills or The She Shed…I have found like-minded ladies, well when I go to my first class I will have.


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