This lovely hope chest is now ready for a new generation of treasures thanks to Faye from Farm Life Best Life, some Happy Hour, and a touch of Belt Buckle metallic cream!

What girl doesn’t want a hope chest?! Although a hope chest (also known as a dowry chest, cedar chest, trousseau chest or glory box) is traditionally used to collect items such as clothing and household linen, by unmarried young women in anticipation of married life; every girl should have one — married, single, young or old!

I was just about to leave one of my fav local thrift stores, when this charming cedar chest was being brought in — timing is sometimes so perfect! I’m confident I will come across more chests amidst my thrift shopping, so this one my friends isn’t for me — rather it is just for YOU!

Although it was solid and still held the warm, woodsy aroma of cedar — the exterior was weathered, the hardware was tattered, and the top of the lid was badly cracked and faded — but I just knew I could restore it for someone that would enjoy it for years!

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Happy Hour Hope Chest #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #chalkpaint #hopechest #cedarchest #green #storage #countrychicpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

Happy Hour Hope Chest #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #chalkpaint #hopechest #cedarchest #green #storage #countrychicpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

My process of restoring this piece just for you, was truly an enjoyable one (as are all my furniture restorations) — and it went like this:

  • Lightly sanded worn exterior
  • Mended cracked lid
  • Removed tattered hardware, lid and handles
  • Stained and varnished lid and handles with Varathane’s ‘Premium Wood Stain’ in the colour ‘Espresso’, and ‘Fast Drying Professional Clear Finish 1100 Satin Oil Based’
  • Applied 2 coats of Country Chic Paint’s ‘All-In-One Decor Paint’ in the colour ‘Happy Hour’
  • Lightly distressed with sanding block
  • Applied 1 coat of Country Chic Paint’s ‘Natural Wax’
  • Applied 2 coats of Country Chic Paint’s ‘Metallic Accent Cream’ in the colour ‘Belt Buckle’ to the hardware

What will you fill this charming chest with?! Whether it be clothing, household linen, keepsakes, or a collection of items — my hope is for it to find a home in which it will be treasured for years! A chest full of hope, just for you!

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Happy Hour Hope Chest #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #chalkpaint #hopechest #cedarchest #green #storage #countrychicpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

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Happy Hour Hope Chest #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #chalkpaint #hopechest #cedarchest #green #storage #countrychicpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

Happy Hour Hope Chest #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #chalkpaint #hopechest #cedarchest #green #storage #countrychicpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

I hope you visit again! My #farmlifebestlife awaits more simple living, generous loving and constant learning — graced with an abundance of country chic character and sweet imperfections, both for me and for YOU! ❤




Faye {Farm Life Best Life}

Hi I’m Faye ~ Farm Wife, Mom, full-time Web Designer, part-time Shabby Farm House Chic Furniture Restorer. I have been blessed with a life of simple living, generous loving and constant learning. I spend my late nights (and every spare moment I can find) restoring furniture that’s been left and forgotten, is in need of much love, and most definitely can have a new life. Filling our home, and creating pieces for YOU with country chic character and sweet imperfections is a delightful and charming way for me to make time to relax and unwind, and heightens my creativity! ❤

Make sure to follow Faye on her blog, Farm Life Best Life. You can also find her on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook!