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.
The 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.
The 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.
And, 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.
I 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.