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I knew when I came across this little chest, I knew that it could be super cute with a little paint and some extra molding to balance out the chest. 

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I got some cheap 6 in pine board and wrapped that around the bottom to cover up those little stubby legs.  I also had to remove some little molding on the sides so I didn’t have gaps when I put on the molding – so those were removed, cut down and then put back on.

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Then I cleaned, primed and painted (ultra white by Valspar)

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Because this chest was so plain, I decided to add a little stenciled # for a little somthin’ somthin’.  I just cut the number with my cricut, traced it and then painted in the lines.

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I also love rope handles, so any chance I have to use them im gonna :) I had a rope that was nice and big so I just drilled some big holes in the chest, tied a few knots and then I have me a super cute rope handle.   I love the “beachy” vibe that it gives the chest. 

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I distressed the entire chest, gave it a coat of poly and called it good.

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I LOVE the way this chest turned out – if I hadn’t of already posted it for sale before I finished it on my Sweet Pickins site I would have kept it for myself, but I already had a list of people that wanted it :(  It matches perfect with my house and im sure I could have found a spot for it…oh well…

AND – this chest could be used in so many spots.  As a bench for taking off your shoes, at the end of a bed, as a coffee table, a side table, a toy chest or even as a nightstand.  So cute…

BUT – luckily for me this chest has simple lines and would be so easy to build.  So I think I just might make one for the end of my bed Smile

21 replies
  1. Shabby Marilyn
    Shabby Marilyn says:

    I know what you mean on wanting to keep such a great piece. I get sad until I see the joy of the new owner! Love the rope and your great redo!

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  2. Heather Vincent
    Heather Vincent says:

    I LOVE the makeover you did with this! I have my Grandma's old cedar chest, which is VERY similar to this…it needs to be re-finished. You gave me some inspiration, thank you!

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