Monday, September 14, 2009

~ Sad to Shabby, just how I like it ~

My old hope chest (which we use as a coffee table).... was dark, boring and beat up (and something I spent more than I should have on when I was young and wanting a hope chest SO BAD! =) It really needed a make over and so one day I finally just - did it!!

Sanding went fast... (the sides are just thin... uh... boards with veneer, the top and trim pieces are solid wood)
Filling in a lot of the deep grains that were somehow deep and just - missing! (not sure why and can't really explain what it really looked like, because I've never seen any wood look like what this did! Not eaten or rotten but that's the impression I always got - sounds kind of gross though...) I also filled in the design on the front as I never was very fond of it.
Gluing on the new 'design' - just grab what's nearest and go! =)
The first rolls of paint!
......And...... the reveal!

The finished masterpiece! =)

Distressed it up a bit....
Love the 'bones' of this piece!
A little love on the hinges, too, for accent!

I love it now! Wish I would have done it a lot sooner!

Joining in for Met Monday, and on Thursday, A Soft Place to Land and the Shabby Chic Cottage!

Joining in in Feb 2011 to the Copy Me Challenge!


Shanty 2 Chic said...

LOVE this!! You did an awesome job!... really love the sroll you added too!

Marsha's Mpressions said...

OH MY! GORGEOUS!!!! You did a wonderful job on this lovely piece of furniture.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Wow this turned out gorgeous!! Maybe there hope for mine yet!
Thanks for the idea.

Sedona @ MyDivineDelights said...

That is just beautiful!! I love it!! I have a huge one the hurricane Ike soak to through! I'm hoping to save it thanks for the great ideas!!! :)


Shelia said...

Your hope chest turned out so gorgeous! It's a great piece! You can poke lots of stuff in that puppy! ;)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

nannykim said...

Beautiful transformation and it looks swell (love the word) in the setting you have placed it!! Love it!

my post is on my spindle cottage blog, thanks

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I love the transformation. It;s a beautiful chest to begin with and you took it to a whole new level.

kymber said...

I just found your blog and LOVE IT! Such inspiration - keep up the great work and keep on sharing.
Blessings to you,

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog. I signed up to be a follower. Based on that chest, I am expecting to be inspired! I would love it if you would do the same!

abnsigoslady said...

Beautiful. What a great piece. Laura@the mansion

Sheri said...

That's awesome! I am going to be attacking my hope chest soon, or at least it's on the list. Currently it's ugly oak veneer. (shudder)

sarah said...

Beautiful! I love the new look!

Caro's Thrifty Adventures said...

SOOOO gorgeous! THe distressing is PERFECT!

Kelli said...

Love how it turned out!!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I love it!!! said...

I knew when I saw the "before" that I would LOVE the "after" and... I do!
way to go, it is simply beautiful!

Let it Shine said...

It looks absolutely beautiful! Great job! Love the detail!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I wrote a I don't see it...perhaps you save them to look at first? Just checking...
But..just in case. I LOVE how your chest turned out. Simply beautiful!

Cheryl said...

Great job on the transformation. Love all the details you added.
I like stained wood, but now I am loving lotsa white. Looks so fresh.

Linda@Coastal Charm said... looks did such a nice job on this piece...thanks for sharing!


Mandy said...

So cute!
Great job :)

Shanty 2 Chic said...

Your hope chest looks fabulous! Love the scroll and the distressing! ~Ashley

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

That looks beautiful! I have my mom's cedar hope is well made, but beat up...I would love to do this, but I'm afraid to! Brava to you!

Cori said...

What a great piece!

I just LOVE what you did with it. It look just fabulous.

MMS would be proud : )


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