One step closer to a completed room makeover this weekend! This hope chest has been in my family for years, and thankfully has been handed down to me. While these large hope chest might not be the most practical piece of furniture for a small room, the storage inside is priceless! I was determined to fit this hope chest into the functionality of the new home office space with a little paint and some trim to dress it up.
Sadly, I don’t have the before pic. Uhhh, yeah about that… I had one, but there’s a small person in the house that likes to sneak mommy’s camera when she’s not looking and start pressing buttons. So just imagine a large dark brown box, scratches and all, okay? 🙂
Luckily I didn’t have to sand the entire chest down to paint it first. I used my liquid deglosser from Home Depot that I used when I painted my kitchen cabinets. Works like a charm!!
To paint the chest, I used my foam roller and applied three coats of Lowe’s Valspar Latex Paint in Great White Way to match my desk makeover.
I know I could have just left it white, but life is just boring without a little color, so I pulled out the frog tape and went to work with a design. Making sure your stripes are even, takes a lot of precision and skill… um, you can see here those skills in action here. Just hold up a level next to the tape to get it straight! Easy, right? 😉
I pilfered through my paint stash in the garage and found this small sample that I picked up for cheap cheap cheap!! Sadly, I don’t know what the color name is, but we will call it dark bluish gray. 🙂
It took about two to three coats of paint to get good coverage.
Once it dries, carefully peel off your tape. Now, I could have just left it well enough alone, but I decided after all that painting that something was still missing. So back to Lowe’s I went for some trim. I measured and cut my trim, and applied two coats of paint BEFORE adding it to the hope chest.
To attach the trim to the hope chest, I used some quick and easy adhesive. This stuff dries clear and allows you to re-position for up to 15 minutes. Plus, I didn’t have to worry about dry time and the trim falling off.
Here’s where I added the little extra oomph to dress up this hope chest.
I love the way this turned out and the added trim gives it a bit more of an updated look to such a sentimental heirloom. The color turned out to be perfect with the rest of the color in the room. You can see more about the home office makeover here and here.
So, what do you think? I’m considering whether to make a small pad to put on top of the chest for added seating in the room. I plan on putting bookcases on either side of the chest to create a small nook in the room. For now, I’m happy to have this hope chest dressed up to fit in with the room a little better and the storage inside is amazing!!