From Old & Tired Hope Chest to New TV Stand

Three years ago, hubby’s mom passed away. Among her things, was beautiful hope chest that was given to her for her 16th birthday, in the late 1950s. Since then, it’s been used to store a variety of things, mainly her childrens’ baby things, but, more recently, it was left to gather dust in a corner somewhere. When we got it, it was looking very sad and unloved.

Hope chest upcycle

I wasn’t sure what to do with it until now. Last year, we moved from the Sunshine Coast in Vancouver to Edmonton, and found a lovely townhouse in a pretty neighbourhood to call home. The sea air had not been kind to some pieces of furniture, mainly our TV stand, coffee table and a dresser. I knew that the hope chest would make a great TV stand, and I finally got round to upcycling it a couple of weeks ago.

My idea was to paint the body of it a very pale gray, and the trim a chocolate brown. The “drawers” and “cupboard” are not real – they’re just made to look that way.

I gave it a light sanding and took off the hardware.

We were going to switch out the hardware for something new, but after we cleaned it up, we decided too keep it.

It took three coats of the pale gray because hubby’s parents were smokers and the nicotine had stained the wood yellow. It wasn’t noticeable until I started painting it and the yellow seeped through the paint. Horrors!

The trip was harder to do that I thought, and it still needs a bit of touching up here and there, but all in all, the transformation is amazing and I love it!

Not bad, huh?

Next up – ugly blue and orange chest to beautiful coffee table.





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