Hope Chest Updo

My Uncle Jerry was a carpenter who built amazing things. I was lucky enough to inherit  this beautiful  piece of work after my uncle died of Parkinson’s disease. I wanted to keep the classic part of the  chest but wanted a more of an updated look. The inside was perfect,  lined with cedar. This did not need to be touched. So this is what the it looked like in the beginning . It’s made of  oak and though I do not care for for the yellow looking oak look the I love the strength that the oak.


So my idea was to paint the chest white. I had some great white paint left over from another project I used an oil based high performance, gloss by Rustoleum . I applied 2 coats with approximately 24 hours in between for drying.   White paint gives me the impression of  a clean slate, a fresh start,  a new beginning. I wanted to try and persevere the craftsmanship of the chest. I started by removing the brass handles and set these aside. I used a forged hammered color spray paint. I applied two coats of paint.to the handles.

I was planning on using this piece in my office my plan was to stick with the black and white theme. My daughter had an old comforter that we were going to toss out so I decided to use a piece of it for this particular project. I cut it to size and used a staple gun to secure it to the chest. It just happened to have enough padding to make it comfortable to sit on as a bench. img_1271


About kitcatsdesigns

I am a full time nurse, mom and wife. My love for repurposing items and living the country life. I owe my passion to my mom who is no longer on this earth with me but in my heart and in my desire to be creative.
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20 Responses to Hope Chest Updo

  1. What a nice idea! A great tribute to someone special in your life!


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  3. lookfabkim says:

    I be moving so fast that I meant to comment yesterday when I saw this. This is beautiful and a wonderful tribute to your Uncle. Sorry for your loss. You did a fab job!

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  4. kelleysdiy says:

    Looks very pretty! Nice job!! Love the Rustoleum paint!

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  5. Ena says:

    Great makeover!

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  6. I love your style and I’m looking forward to your future posts. We recently bought a homestead and I just know I’ll find a great DIY project here!! By the way, thanks so much for following our blog – had you not, then I might not have found your blog. Happy New Year!

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  7. Beautiful piece and a great updo! 🙂

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  8. You make these projects seem simple. This one I think I could actually do. 😀 Great job!

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  10. Lindsayrose says:

    That is a beautiful piece x


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