I thought of transforming it into a toy chest for Lea and then thought of making it a hope chest instead. I love this idea so much more. I plan to fill it with mementos from Lea's birth on up. It will be fun to add special things like her favorite blanket, stuffed animal, homemade cards, etc.
I started the process by cleaning it first. It had a lot of dust, dirt, and lovely spider eggs underneath it ready to hatch any minute!! GROSS!!! I sprayed it down with the hose which knocked all that off. The hinges were shot so I took those off.
It was in pretty good shape, but I wanted to make a change. I thought the two pieces of wood strips going down the center of the chest didn't do much for the piece and dated it. I decided to remove the wood strips and use that place to stencil something or find an appliqué.
Now it was time to fill some minor cracks and areas seperating. I used just a basic wood filler I found at Lowe's. This stuff works great and so easy to use. I just apply the stuff with my finger. It hardens up after 20 minutes or so and it's then ready to sand down.
Now all pretty and primed, I was ready to start painting. It took me awhile to decide on the color. I knew I wanted to put it in Lea's room and I thought a pink would be pretty to bring in a pop of color. I've been using Benjamin Moore on most of my painted pieces now for years. For me, if I find something I like, I stick with it. I can count on BM to give me nice coverage. It's long lasting and can withstand being beat up a little bit. I've never had to apply any top coat.
So here she is! I went with Vibrant Blush and absolutely LOVE it! I added an appliqué I found here on Etsy to give it a shabby chic feel. I adore how it turned out. I just love the idea of a Hope Chest. Something we can fill together in the years to come.
The pink really ties in nicely with what I already had going on and definitely adds the pop of color that I was looking for.
Thanks for stopping by and checking out Lea's Hope Chest transformation. Do you have a hope chest or now thinking about creating one? Tell me about it. Love to hear from you!
KEEP IT COZY,