How to Refinish a Sewing Machine Cabinet


Refinishing your sewing cabinet can bring a fresh new look to your sewing room or sewing corner. Stains and finishes are available in both natural wood shades and various colors, allowing you to coordinate your sewing table to the rest of the furniture in the space. Sewing cabinets are fairly simple pieces of furniture and a good choice if you are not experienced with refinishing projects.

Step 1

Remove the sewing machine and mounting hardware from the cabinet using a screwdriver. Set the sewing machine aside. If your cabinet has a universal mount instead of a specific one, remove the mounting panel from the sewing machine cabinet. Remove drawers, panels and doors and take any knobs, handles or hardware off each panel. Store all hardware together.

Step 2

Sand the sewing machine cabinet with 120 grit sandpaper. Use a random orbital sander for large, flat areas if you have one. If not, you can hand sand the sewing machine cabinet. Using the same methods, sand any doors, drawer fronts or panels you removed from the cabinet.

Step 3

Wipe each surface with a tack cloth to remove dust and allow you to make sure that the initial sanding is even. Sand all surfaces with 220 grit sandpaper to create a smoother and finer finish. By now, the surfaces of your sewing table should be quite smooth.

Step 4

Brush stain evenly onto the surface of your sewing cabinet. Allow to sit for approximately 5 minutes, then wipe away the excess with a clean rag. Repeat for a darker and deeper color if desired.

Step 5

Allow the stain to dry completely, then apply a wipe-on polyurethane using a clean rag. Once the first coat of polyurethane is fully dry, rub with fine steel wool. Wipe with a tack cloth to remove all dust and residue before applying a second coat of wipe-on polyurethane.

Step 6

Replace all hardware, drawer fronts or panels. Mount the sewing machine back into the cabinet.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be sure that the sewing machine cabinet you choose to refinish is made of solid wood and not fiberboard.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • 120 grit sandpaper
  • 220 grit sandpaper
  • Steel wool
  • Sanding blocks (optional)
  • Random orbital sander (optional)
  • Tack cloth
  • Stain
  • Natural bristle brush
  • Wipe-on polyurethane
  • Rags


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Michelle Powell-Smith has been writing on a variety of subjects from finance to crafts since 2004. Her work appears on sites including eHow and She holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in art history from the University of Missouri-Columbia, which has provided strong research skills and a varied range of interests.

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