Cedar Hope Chest Makeover

Definition: "Hope Chest - a chest or the like in which a young woman collected clothing, linens, and other articles in anticipation of marriage" (dictionary.com)

Does anyone remember hope chests? Do people even have them anymore?

My parents gave me one for my high school graduation present and I still have it! It's a Lane cedar chest so very sturdy and well made. I used it as my daughter's hope chest too but it didn't make the move with her, just most of the stuff in it! I decided to re-purpose it as an entry storage bench but it needed a makeover first.

cedar hope chest makeover
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Supplies Needed

This was one of the easiest furniture redos I've done! :o) All I did was take off the handles and upholstered top, give it a quick sanding and then painted it!

Here is the before:

Perfectly fine and stylish 30 years ago!!

I like that it has storage for extra blankets and pillows and a nice padded top to sit on.

I found this pretty fabric at JoAnn's Fabric & Crafts (marked 50% off) and I just stapled it right over the top of the old fabric! If you are planning to cover existing fabric make sure you choose actual upholstery fabric, it is thicker and will cover the old fabric better.

I sprayed the handles with Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze Metallic Finish Spray Paint. I love this paint, I've used it all over in my house... on the interior door handles, lamps, the sconce lights in my bathroom, etc.

I'm so pleased with the outcome!

I don't have a true entryway, my front door just opens up and BAM there you are... in the living room. I don't particularly like that but since there's nothing that I can really do about it I'm creating a faux entryway! :o)


I've got a project planned for hanging on the wall behind it to help with the entryway feel (I hope)!
**Update** Come check out the up-cycled coat rack & shelf I made from an old door!

What it cost:
Fabric - $11.00 (marked 50% off)
Hope chest -free (mine from high school)
Paint - free (left over from my guest room redo)
Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze Metallic Finish Spray Paint - free (already had)

Here are some great books about painting furniture you might like: