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Hope Chest Makeover

This poor old hope chest had definitely seen better days.  It’s lived at the end of our bed for at least 5 or 6 years and slowly accumulated more scratches and dings over time.  I never really paid much attention to it, even in it’s sad, pathetic state, until I started working on our bedroom and then it really began to stand out.  I realized I couldn’t ignore it any longer and would need to decide on how to revive the piece.

IMG_8476I actually remembered to take some before photos on this project .  Woo-hoo!  That is an accomplishment all on it’s own.

hope chest beforeThe cherry wood color really didn’t work in our room any longer (you know cause it totally worked in the completely mis-matched anything goes style I had going on in the room before :) ) and with all the scratches and dings I figured painting would be an easier fix than attempting to strip and refinish it.  If it was made from real wood, I would have definitely been more inclined to take the more difficult route.

I had plenty of the Deep Onyx paint leftover from the Media Cabinet, so the base color was an easy choice.  I love the deep, rich almost black color.  To prep the piece, I sanded and de-glossed it to ready it for paint.  It took 3 thinly applied coats to get really good, smooth coverage.

hope chest makeover2The next step was to hide the curvy trim around the base.   I used some of the leftover baseboard pulled out from our bedroom to trim out the bottom of the chest.  Adding this detail beefed up the bottom of the chest and helped it to coordinate a little more with the TV cabinet.

hope chest makeover 3And, finally I added the boards to the inside of the trimmed out boxes on each side of the chest.  The boards replicated the pattern used in our headboard.  The main difference being I used 1/4″ thick scrap pieces and cut them to various widths vs 3/4″ used in the headboard.  The pieces were glued into place with wood glue after the stain was applied.

hopechestmakeoverI still need to apply a wax top coat to the lid, but have to wait for the paint to fully cure before I can finish that step.  This makeover was completed over this past weekend (minus the waxing), which makes it a short and sweet project in my book.

I really love the finished piece and am so happy that I was able to take something that I chose to ignore most days and turn it into something worth looking at everyday.

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Project Dresser Rehab – Finally complete…

Like a looong time ago.  Back in October I shared photos of an old dresser in our master bedroom that was in desperate need of a makeover.  Seriously.  Well, the thing is I did the makeover like months ago, but never got around to taking any photos of it once completed.   See the problem was that it’s new home was the landing at the top of the stairs and there is zero natural light  in that spot any time of the day, so it was impossible to get any decent photos.  This past weekend I did some furniture rearranging and swapped the dresser with a bookcase (another makeover project) in our bedroom.  Then just like magic – presto chango –  there was natural light!  Let the picture snapping begin.

First here is the dresser in it’s previous state…

old dresser

Don’t the cords just add to the overall beauty of the piece?  Anyways, the makeover was fairly straight forward.  I knew painting the base of the dresser was really the only option due to it’s rough condition.  Stain would not be able to hide all those dings and scratches.  First, I removed the handles, then filled any deep dings with wood filler and then sanded the whole thing down.  The top was still in really good condition, so I sanded that down to bare wood for staining.

Once all the prep work was done I mixed up some homemade chalk paint for the base.  It took 2 coats for good coverage.  Then distressed it a little bit before wiping dark walnut stain all over it to age the paint.   The top received two coats of the same dark walnut stain used to distress the base, which came out a nice rich color on the maple wood top.  After everything dried, I applied paste wax to the base and two coats of polyurethane to the top.

Here it is AFTER…

old dresser makeoverThe base is a light grey chalk paint that darkened when the stain was wiped over it.  The bottom drawer is warped, which makes it look like the handle is on crooked, but I think it just adds to the character of the piece.

I love the dark stain of the top paired with the light gray of the base…

glass knobsThe glass knobs I found at Hobby Lobby (50% off sale).  I had originally hoped to salvage the last handle (not shown in the before photo), but it was beyond repair.  In the end, I’m glad it was too far gone because I really like the little glass knobs.

dresser rehabI think the distressing works so well on this piece because it was in such rough shape there was no way to really disguise all the damage might as well highlight it instead.   This once abused looking dresser will now be able to perform it’s duties (we use it for storing extra bed sheets and towels) for many more years to come without being such an eyesore.


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