Friday, February 15, 2013

Trash to Treasure Chest

I came so close to passing up this ugly duckling three drawer flatware chest at a yard sale a few weeks ago, but I felt sorry for it and knew there was a glimmer of hope.

Kind of scary, huh?  The guy I bought it from gave up after attempting to strip it.

There's always hope with a fresh coat of paint and a lot of patience.

I applied two coats of Graphite Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, distressed it a little, then used clear and dark wax.  A postmark stencil from Royal Design Studio was a perfect fit on top.

The original handles were too far gone, so I filled in the holes and started over.  I was going to use three milk glass knobs, but it looked too stark and proper.  I switched out two of  the milk glass knobs for clear glass and clear glass with some chippy white paint.

When I got it home and put my glasses on for a closer look inside, I realized the pretty blue velvet wasn't pretty at all, and it wasn't coming out without a fight. I had to attack a few sections with a chisel, then sand it down to get rid of the glue and fuzz.  No wonder the guy
 gave up on it.

Much better now...clean and fuzz free.  I used Mod Podge and wrapping paper with images of vintage ads to cover the inside.

Perfect for holding old letters, photographs, and treasures galore.



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49 comments:

  1. This is Gorgeous and so Useful! You Work Is Wonderful and so Creative. You can Tell you Really Enjoy what you Do!
    Have a Wonderful Weekend!
    Warm Regards
    Jill

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  2. How lucky of you to find a three drawer chest...most of them are the lift up lid variety. Beautiful transformation!

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  3. This is lovely! Thank for the brief tutorial and many excellent photos. I enjoy seeing what you are salvaging.

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  4. Good Evening Betsy, What a change. I love how you have lined the drawers with vintage paper....such a lovely look.
    You keep inspiring me, I really am going to have to try Annie Sloan paint.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Best wishes
    Daphne

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  5. There is always a glimmer of hope when something gets in your capable hands! Love all the details. Turned out beautiful and hooray more storage!

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  6. This is wonderful...functional and great to look at! I think it's my very favorite "salvaged treasure"!!

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  7. Betsy this is amazing...love the color and what you did with the inside... just lovely!
    Kitty & Loretta

    http://shespoketome.blogspot.com

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  8. LoVe the new look! From ugly duckling to beautiful swan. All it takes sometimes is a little sweat and determination.....

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  9. Your transformation of this little orphan chest is now an heirloom treasure. The outcome is lovely. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

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  10. Betsy this really turned out great! I would not have thought about repurposing it as a little chest! So cute and perfect for old cards and letters that are keepsakes!
    hugs, Linda

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  11. Oh my gosh, Betsy - I LOVE it - everything about it!! It was worth the work you put into it!

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  12. Wow! You really gave new life to that piece - Very Nice!! Chests like that come in so handy.
    Have a great weekend.

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  13. Shut the front door, Betsy!!! This is one of my most favorite transformations of yours yet! It was a lot of effort on your part, but man, does it show! Love the graphite color you chose (i REALLY love that color!) along with the stencil and the mis-matched knobs...just perfect. Also love how the drawer-front have that slight curve on the sides. Will you keep this or sell it??

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  14. My goodness Betsy...you sure had a hard one on your hands. It's a good thing that you came along when you did...you did an outstanding job on this DIY makeover.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  15. This HAS to be one of your most impressive transformations! What an amazing difference you made. I hope you show it to the guy you bought it from!!! I love everything about it...the color, the stencil and the paper lining. GREAT JOB!!!

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  16. Awesome Betsy!!! You really do perform magic. What a fab set of drawers now. I'll bet you can save anything from the trash.

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  17. I love the set of drawers Betsy. I love the vintage paper you chose to line the drawers. You did a wonderful job. What a great find!

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  18. So glad you snatched that one up!What a cool transformation!LOVE that stencil!
    xx
    Anne

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  19. Never woulda thunk! I love the graphic and the color, and your special touch of style with the mismatched knobs is the icing on this 3-tier cake.

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  20. It's functional AND pretty now! You didn't give up and look what you created! KUDOS to you, my friend!

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  21. Another great transformation, so smart to mix up the knobs and even add a little chippy white paint to one!

    Carol

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  22. Treasure chest indeed! Nice job, I love the interior!
    Susan

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  23. Oh my gosh! that is a wonderful transformation! How did you do the postal mark on it? Little Bit from www.DecorateWithaLittleBit.com p.s. I'm pinning this one!!

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  24. Oh sorry, I just re-read it and see that you used a stencil for the postmark... it's just perfect! Little Bit

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  25. You are amazing!!! I really like this project. I need to just break down and go get lots of paint, etc. so I start looking at things I can up-cycle. I already have so many things here I fix up. I just can't get over how you could transform that! LOVE that color!
    Karen

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  26. That is just too cute and I love the use of the wrapping paper on the inside. What a salvaged treasure!!

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  27. What a great effect. Love that worn look.
    Deb@lakeGirlPaints

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  28. wow! what a transformation!

    You are much more patient than I am, and it was well worth it.

    blessings, and thanks for inspiring us.

    barb

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  29. It's prefect! Loved what you did to the inside of the drawers. Looks fantastic! - Lisa -

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  30. Hi Betsy,
    Love it. You gave this treasure new life and it turned out wonderful.
    Happy Creating.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

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  31. Well, my dear, I am glad you did not give up hope on this piece because it is a beauty! Perseverance pays off!

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  32. It is so pretty now and well worth your effort. So glad you didn't give up.

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  33. What a transformation! You would never guess they were the same piece! I love the color, the knobs, the stencil, well....everything! xoxo

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  34. I am SO glad you rescued this piece and Betsy-ized it. Love.

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  35. I've never seen a three drawer like that. Its wonderful and you've made it even more so.
    ~Elizabeth

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  36. It's unrecognizable from it's former (and sad) half-stripped state! I really like the idea of pulling out the velvet flatware slots -- I have a couple of old silver chests that are excellent candidates for being gutted. :-)

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  37. Great makeover...love the color you chose!

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  38. What a wonderful re-do, Betsy! And I can't believe you got that velvet out...that's determination!

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  39. Once again, you worked your magic! Love it!!
    Susan

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  40. TOTALLY GOT ME ON THIS ONE!!! FABULOUS!

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  41. Good for you sticking with it til it was done. It's so cool now!
    Liz

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  42. When I grow up, I want to be as crafty and creative as you. I can't believe the vision you have to take an "ugly ducking" and create a beauty.

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