Sunday, September 4, 2011

Hopeful...A Hope Chest Make-over

A hope chest.
Perhaps your grandmother had one.
There was a time when young ladies
would stitch lace trimmed linens, quilts, towels,
and gather dishes and silver
in anticipation of starting their own home.
They'd save them in their hope chest. 
Today brides merely register at Bed Bath and Beyond!

This is how the chest looked at first.
Well almost. 
Originally, the chest sat on the ground.
But adding new legs gives it a lift.


Then step by step it got a face lift!

It started with an inspiration clipped from a magazine.

And grew from there.
First with paint.
And some glazing.

Some sanding.

Followed by gold highlights.

I dabbed the brush here and there,
 back and forth, and all around. 
Finally, I was satisfied.

And the chest was ready to go to its new home.

Yes, this is a sneak peek
at my friend Sherry's master bedroom re-design.

I can't show you more, until she's ready!


P.S.  See more inspiring projects at Domestically Speaking.
Power of Paint Party!



  1. i love this! i"d love to do a piece in a finish like this.

  2. I am very fortunate to be blessed to have this piece sitting in my room!

  3. Wow! I love the gray and gold colors together.

  4. This is so beautiful! You're very talented. I love the dimension to it - thanks for sharing!
    I'm your newest follower!

  5. Sharon, thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I love to hear from new people and check out their blogs.
    This chest is gorgous. I love the gold highlights. I am going to follow your blog.

  6. Wickedly FABULOUS transformation...LOVE the legs!

  7. Sharon, it's stunning! Can't wait to see the rest of Sherry's bedroom! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  8. Gorgeous!! Can you share the colors you used for this?

    1. Hi Shea,

      Thanks for asking about the colors -- are you going to give it a try? Hope so!

      1. Taupe: either Sherwin Williams 7038 (Tony Taupe) or 7039 (Virtual Taupe) I can't recall which!
      2. Blue-Grey: Benjamin Moore HC 146 (Wedgewood Grey)
      3. Black & gold for shading and highlight.



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