Fauxthentic hope chest update

Well, I agreed with everyone who commented, texted and emailed to say the freshly painted hope chest heart looks too new.

I roughed it up with coarse sandpaper. This was faster and easier than having the grandkids over for multiple weekends.


Then I gave it a heavy coat of Annie Sloan’s dark wax to highlight the flaws and tone down the bright color. Read the rest of this entry »

Not quite in love

I’ve wanted to paint my hope chest for a long time. No, not change the color. Just add a bit of interest. My original thought was to use flower designs from the rug. Ultimately, though, that seemed too modern for this antique pine chest.


I got a better idea when we found a drawer full of paper patterns in my father’s workshop.  Read the rest of this entry »