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:

Jill ~*Feathers and Flight*~ said...

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

Sarah said...

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

Robin Johnston said...

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

Daphne Bryson said...

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

Peggy said...

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!

Roxanne Reinhart said...

you are amazing!!

marie said...

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

Loretta Thomas said...

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

http://shespoketome.blogspot.com

martinisfor2 said...

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

Createology said...

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

Linda @ A La Carte said...

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

Angie @ Knick of Time said...

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

Glenda/MidSouth said...

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

Maggie said...

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??

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

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

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

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!!!

Maureen said...

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

Susan said...

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!

Anne said...

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

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

FabUlous, Betsy!!!!!! Awesome!

xoxo
Marsha

Michelle L. said...

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.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

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

The Polka Dot Closet said...

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

Carol

Susan @ homeroad.net said...

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

decoratewithalittlebit.com said...

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!!

decoratewithalittlebit.com said...

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

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

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

Karen Bates said...

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

Deb Hrabik said...

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

Lady Pamela said...

I love it!
*Smiles*

Barbara Jean said...

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

Jean @ www.thebackyardbungalow.com said...

Fabulous! Love the paper inside!

Jean @ www.thebackyardbungalow.com said...

Fabulous! Love the paper inside!

Faire Notions said...

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

Celestina Marie said...

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

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

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

Joselyn @ The DIY Spot said...

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

Karen said...

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

Kathy said...

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

Thistle Cove Farm said...

very nice re-do!

Elizabeth Johnson said...

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

Into Vintage said...

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. :-)

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Great makeover...love the color you chose!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

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

must love junk said...

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

Connie Mercer said...

TOTALLY GOT ME ON THIS ONE!!! FABULOUS!

~ Liz ~ said...

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

Art and Sand said...

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.

Laurie said...

I adore this!