Hope Chest Refinish

3 Materials
4 Days

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!

Here is the finish piece. It has a bit of a country/rustic feel, and that is exactly what I was going for!

This is the only photo I have of the before. It was beautiful, but plain and lacking character.

Taping was very important for this project. It gave me the bare wood parts that are on the front.

I set the stencils down on the top and filled the letter shapes in with the same spackle that I used to created the raised design on the front of the chest.

  • I did this part 2x because I really wanted the letter to be raised.
  • After the spackle dried I painted it with the same blue that I used for the entire piece. Then, because I really wanted the letter to be raised I picked out a different stencil and added another layer of spackle to the letter. That gave me the design that you see on the letters.

Be sure to take the time to tape off your letters when applying the spackle. You do not want to accidently get it outside of the stencils. It will be hard to remove it.

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