Friday, July 27, 2018

refinishing a hope chest

When a customer contacted me recently and asked me to refinish her mother's mid century cedar chest to pass on to her daughter, I fit her into my schedule right away.  I love doing pieces like this that have special meaning, that are being passed through the family generations, and especially that are for little ones!

Here is the piece we started with:

The cedar interior was in excellent condition, but the outside was a little dated and needed a little bit of patching and repairing.  I gave it a good scrub and a light sanding.  The owner of the piece asked me to decide whether or not to keep the hardware on or remove it and fill it.  Some non-functioning hardware looks great, and some just doesn't seem to do anything for the pice.  Ultimately I chose to take the hardware off and patch the holes.  I filled with bondo, sanded smooth, and then filled again until it was smooth and unnoticeable.  I shellacked over the fill to create a smooth uniform surface for the paint.

I sprayed this piece using two coats of Sunday Tea from Country Chic Paint.  This is a warm neutral that leans both grey and brown, so it really goes with absolutely everything.

Because this is a piece for a little one, we chose to lightly distress it.  As kids are growing and using their furniture, it can take a little bit of a beating.  Distressing it helps to hide and blend any accidental dings!

When my customer dropped this piece off, we chatted a bit about personalizing the hope chest for her daughter.  I was initially unsure of where and how to do it, but my customer is so lovely and gave me the freedom to choose the how, where, and colour!  I chose Wishing Well, also by Chic Paint, to paint her name, Amelia, on the top front of the chest.  Wishing Well pairs beautifully with Sunday Tea, and it also goes well with girly colours like purple and pink - so it should match her bedroom for years to come!

To seal this piece, I sprayed it with three coats of satin poly.

This once drab piece of furniture now has a new look and is ready to hold all the memories as little Amelia grows!

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