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How to paint a chest

Friday, June 20, 2014

I've been really excited to share this fun office update for a while.  I had been wanting to give this chest an update for a while and knew I wanted to do stripes.  It wasn't until I saw Jenn from My Fabuless Life's Painted Vintage Trunk that I was inspired to grab my brushes and get to it!  Time to share how I painted a chest.

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I wish I could say I've had this lovely item in the family for years and it's been passed down for generations.  However, the truth is I bought it from Marshall's about 10 years ago.  It feels like I just got it, but clearly that's because I'm getting old and time is zooming by.  I also left it out in our sun room for six months and with such low low humidity here in the desert, the leather straps became very brittle.

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My original plan was to paint soft blue and gold stripes.  

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My first step was to spray paint it with primer.

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Next, I painted the entire chest in the blue color.  I was starting to hate it but was at that pivotal moment when it might be awful or might suddenly be the most amazing thing ever.  I'll save you the worry, it ended up being awful.

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Thankfully, paint is paint and a little white paint easily covered up those lovely blue stripes.

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After the paint dried, I used some sandpaper and distressed it a bit.  I liked that a tiny bit of the under blue came through!

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This beauty is going in my updated office + guest room.  (I promise one of these days I'll actually share the final updated room in total.  There are some plans I am still waiting to complete before a reveal.)

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How to paint a chest, Delineate Your Dwelling #update #chest #trunk #paint #storage

How to paint a chest, Delineate Your Dwelling #update #chest #trunk #paint #storage

And I just could not leave that ugly maroon velvet interior.  I grabbed myself a bucket of blue and went to town.  It ended up taking about three coats, but I adore the cheerful pop of blue when you open the chest!

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As cute as these fun notepads are, I'm using the chest as sewing storage.  I have my sewing basket, extra thread, the sewing machine pedal and cords all nicely tucked away in there.

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I'm so thrilled with the end result.  Sometimes I go in with a perfect plan and other times, I have a plan and it completely changes halfway through.  I'm learning to be okay with changing plans... I could use a little more "go with the flow" in my life!

all my mini office + guest room projects to date (with links at the bottom):

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a / b / c / d / e / f

19 comments:

  1. This is absolutely GORGEOUS! Looks like it stepped right out of a magazine! :)

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  2. Ohmahgoodness: this is truly a breathtaking transformation, Amy! I'm so impressed by the before and after shots. Way to go with the flow! It paid off.

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  3. Thanks so much, Lauren! It was really simple and gave it such a new life.

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  4. Amy, what a change you made with that trunk. It looks gorgeous!

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  5. With all the little divots, nooks and crannies painting a trunk can be a challenge. Yours turned out beautifully!

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  6. Gotta love a great trunk! Yours looks lovely. :)

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  7. love the stripes! I'm kind of obsessed with old chest; every time I see one at a thrift store or garage sale I have the urge to buy one.

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  8. You did a stunning job with this pretty old chest. I love the color combo!
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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  9. Yes to all things gold. Thanks for sharing at the Caffeinated Crafters Link Party!

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  10. I love old chests. You did a great job on this one, it's gorgeous! Thank you for sharing at Treasure Box Tuesday. Pinned!
    xoxo,
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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  11. This is so beautiful! It came out great.

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  12. Super cute... I am featuring you this weekend!!!

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  13. Ok. I'm so glad I saw this. I've been thinking about painting mine for years. My "problem" has been the guilt as it has been passed down for years, but it's just not that cute so I was considering just letting it go anyway. You've inspired me to see my trunk in a whole new light. Thank you! -Michele @ Neat Little Nest

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  14. I love the slight distress in it. Blue is my fav color, so I ADORE that pop of blue when you open it. It's beautiful! Thanks for linking up at My Favorite Things Saturday!!

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  15. Oh, I love this trunk! It came out gorgeous. I've got some decorative boxes that I'm not exactly a fan of anymore. I think I'm going to use your painting idea and give them a new look!

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  16. Your chest is beautiful and goes perfectly with your drapes. Nice job with the update!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

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