Thursday, March 13, 2014

Chest Makeover.....

I wanted to share another one of my furniture makeovers. I re-did this chest at the end of last summer. It had been in my husband's parent's basement, and it was on its way to the dumpster when things were getting cleared out for moving. The top of it was broken (the wood glue had stopped being glueish and there was a board just sitting on top.). Also, it was pretty old and beat up. Here is the before....

It had a lot of deep scratches all over it...even after I stripped it and sanded it for a while...It wasn't a big deal though since this time I decided to embrace them and go for the distressed look. I learned that lesson the hard way after my desk makeover, which can be seen HERE.

I didn't like the orangy stain it had so I decided to paint it white! Because white is awesome and happy and bright and timeless. And it would then go with all of my other white things...  Of course my dad gave me a lot of crap for this, and my husband only a little. What is it with men and their issue with painting wood!?!

My husband fixed the top of it for me with a little wood glue and some clamps (I know he secretly likes to be in on the projects I do). You can kind of see in the before picture how many scratches there were. And you can see in the after how much fun I had distressing it...

Maybe a little too much fun?? Yeah, I know. I will have to try to hold back some more next time I distress...ohh well. I'm a beginner!

I knew that you distress in areas that get a lot of use, like where it would be opened or the feet and edges for example. And that is where I started! I just didn't stop... What can I say? Palm sanders are too stinkin' fun!

I also knew that I wanted to put a Bible verse on the front of it, because I had pinned a few white chests with wording on the front on My Home Style Board on Pinterest. And I love God's words, so I though I would use some of His!

I knew that I wanted to use Colossians 3:12 because that was the verse that my pastor used during our wedding ceremony. The whole verse is "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience."

The chest is currently in my old bedroom at my parent's place, so it is kinda cramped and I couldn't get a picture with all of the wording close up and in one shot. To do the wording I used some sweet lettering stickers my momma got me.
-First I painted the spots where I wanted the wording to be with white and cream paint.
-Then I sanded those spots heavily because the words mostly needed to be dark. I just wanted some white to show through.
-Then I stuck on my awesome stickers and tried not to be too much of a perfectionist so that it would have a bit of a free-spirited kind of feel. Because, lets face it - I wish I was more free-spirited and not caring so much about the little things.
-After that I painted over all of it with white.
-Finally I got to peel off the stickers and distress! And then distress some more... haha Oyy.

Hope you enjoyed.


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  1. On the way to the dumpster????? So glad you snapped it up and gave it the love it deserved!

  2. Very pretty results from your work! xoxo

    1. Thank you very much! :) Glad you stopped by to check it out!

  3. How lovely! I like how the verse "whispers" across the front. Gorgeous makeover. :)

    1. Thank you! "whispers" is a good word for it!! :)