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A DIY Hope Chest Makeover That You Will Love

I love a good makeover! Read to see how I turned this old, dingy Hope Chest into a beautiful storage chest for my bedroom.

I was given this Hope Chest when I was 15 as a gift from family, so it holds significance to me! It’s about 15 years old and I knew I did not want to get rid of it, so I had to give it my best shot at bringing it back to life!

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I knew I did not want it to have that top padding on it because it had become stained from years of moving, and I just did not like it. So I ripped off the foam cardboard piece and I was left with all this chipboard that was glued onto the top of the lid. I also went ahead and took off all the handles and pulls that led to… nowhere.. I did not want those anymore either!

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After LOTS of scrapping and using a chisel to scrap off as much as I could, I was left with this beautiful, giant glue squiggle… so that’s when I knew it was time to start sanding! I started with 80 grit sandpaper on my orbital sander and it took a bit of time getting it really smooth. I have learned to take your time with sanding. This will really make a difference in the final look of the project if you will take the time to sand really well.

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Here it is all smooth! Getting so close! I also filled all the holes from the handles and pulls with spackling, and let it dry really well. Then I also used a 120 grit sandpaper on the orbital sander on the rest of the chest to get it ready to paint. I decided to go with THIS cabinet and furniture paint for durability in the color Swiss Coffee by Sherwin Williams. I LOVE THIS COLOR OF WHITE. It is warm and sooo pretty. I did two coats of paint and opted to not do a top coat because I used enamel paint, and I figured it would be tough enough for this project.

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Here it is at the foot of the bed! I love the color and it is such an improvement from before. The screw holes filled in nicely, and the end result is like a completely different chest! I love projects like this because it’s crazy what sanding and paint can do! I think it was a total of about 3 days worth of work, and I am really pleased with the outcome.

Let me know what you think in the comments and if you have any questions!

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