Colorful Mason Jar Floating Candles

In the Fireside Table for Two tablescape post yesterday, I used an antique sewing cabinet drawer in the centerpiece.

Colorful Mason Jar Floating Candles displayed in Antique Sewing Machine Drawer

I’ve pondered  different ideas of what to do with my great-grandmother’s sewing cabinet.

Antique Sewing Cabinet

It sits in the nostalgia room upstairs, serving no purpose.  The machine is still intact…everything in fairly good working order.

It was passed down to my Grandmother, and she kept it in her kitchen for many years.  The finish has a little damage from using it as their chip and snack table – maybe for quick and easy accessibility?  We grandkids loved that!  🙂

Great-Grandmother's Sewing Machine

I’ve considered painting or refinishing the cabinet, but nothing has gelled  in my mind yet.  See the possibilities I’ve collected on my Home Project Ideas Pinterest Board, if you’d like.

After gathering a few drawer  ideas on Pinterest, I removed one and cleaned it out.  What fun that was, looking through Nonie’s old sewing notions!  Rather than blending them in with my own, I keep them separate…I guess to honor my grand and great-grand.

I lined the cleaned drawer with damask napkins and pulled out some clean quart-sized canning jars.  I decided on floating candles for two of the jars, although, the symmetry of three identical jars would be nice.

Canning Jar Floating Candles

Floating candles are so fun and easy…and cheap!  Fill your container 3/4 of the way with water and add a few drops of food coloring.  Remove the tea light candle portion from its tin casing and place on the water surface.

Making Canning Jar Floating Candles

For a natural element, I chose some celery stalks from the refrigerator.  Sort of random, I know.  Nothing blooming in the yard right now!

You know my motto:  Use and enjoy the things you have on hand. 

Canning Jar Floating Candle inside an Antique Sewing Machine Drawer

Isn’t it so vintage and fun?

Check out the sewing machine drawer ideas I’ve pinned to my Old Drawers Re-purposed Pinterest board.  The ideas are so neat!

Now we know what to do with those random drawers from antique sewing machines in antique stores (or our mom’s attic).  Do you have other ideas to share?  I’d love to hear about them.  🙂

I hope you have a cozy weekend in the midst of our cold blast.  Stay bundled and warm, y’all!






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  1. says

    I have the same sewing machine and cabinet from Dan’s grandmother’s home. The cabinet is in rough shape though with buckled veneer and strips of wood missing. I’ve seen the metal base used as an accent table with a new top placed on it (without the original wood cabinet) and another where they put a new flat top on it to use for a free standing sewing machine. I saw a base painted in red which looked great (but it was wider and a taller) and they turned it into a dining table. I’ve been trying to figure out how to use it myself but fornow it’s garaged. That’s a cute idea with the drawers- great way to make use of them!
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    • says

      I love the red base idea – and using it for a dining table if it were large enough. I can’t imagine separating the base from the original top, though. In your case, you may decide to do that, since the cabinet is in rough condition. It is so hard to decide, isn’t it?

  2. Libba Criddle says

    Please don’t refinish those old machines. They are so pretty and you can use them in many ways, just as Kym has used the drawer.