It seems like everyone has a hope chest at some point in their life, and most o them look similar in size, shape and color. Follow along to see how I gave this one a fun personalization with an added touch of color.
I started by sanding the entire piece with a 100 grit sanding block, then I removed the hardware and took the closing lid off.
Then I taped it off and picked out my stencils that I would use to add a raised design to the front. I used spackle and a stencil to get the design that is on the front. I let the spackle dry for a full 24 hours before proceeding to paint over it. I always want to make sure that it is dry and that paint will not rehydrate the spackle.
After I am sure the spackle has dried I apply my paint like normal.
After I applied my paint I sealed with a clear wax and stained the exposed wood parts with a light natural stain to bring out the wood grain a bit more.
I hope you give this technique a try to add a little personalization to your hope chest!