My trunk of treasures.....


My Dad gave me this cedar hope chest for my sweet sixteen. I have cherished it ever sense but it found it's home in my closet. I decided to bring it up to date and sand, prime, and paint it white from its original red cedar look.

It took a few coats but we're gettin' there!

I had a small piece of bead board left over from my kitchen so I added it onto the front of the chest

I bought these stick on letters at The Dollar Tree and they worked great!

I love how they add just that perfect touch because it's whats inside that chest that's so dear to my heart. My family's treasures.

I left the top stained because I loved the wood so much.

I did sand it though and gave it a much darker stain.

It's more a dark brown than a red cedar

I love how it turned out and for no out of pocket expense that's a blessing! Now for all of you wondering how my "Swedish" is coming...slow but steady. I think my Swedish is taking a bit of a turn to coastal...smile. It's what decorating is all about....change~

65 comments:

  1. LOVE it! What a beautiful hope chest...full of treasures and memories. I have some of those same decals from the Dollar Tree and have never used them. I think I need to pull them out and find a project for them!

    ~Amanda

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  2. It's turned out gorgeous and so sweet that it's so special to you. :)

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  3. It turned out beautiful! I love the decals you bought at the Dollar Tree!
    Martha

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  4. Susie~

    What a beautiful treasure it is too!

    Have a great day!!
    Hugs~T

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  5. LOVELY!!! It looks perfect!!

    Ay

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  6. It's beautiful! I too have a cedar chest that belonged to my great-grandmother, but it resides at my mom's until dh gets out of the Army. The movers broke the top once and it cost a fortune to get repaired, so she's hanging on to it for me. It's entirely hand made (my grandmother's family was Pennsylvania Dutch) and not one nail was used. It was repaired once on one side in the early 1900's with square nails. It's a lovely piece, but if i ever painted it, my mom would shoot me.
    I have that same sticker from the dollar tree on the wall of my entry way. Not bad for $1.
    You did a great job. Of course.

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  7. What a great transformation! I love the decal on it. Looks like it has a place of honor at the foot of the bed.

    Well done!

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  8. Good Morning Miz Susie,
    Wow! Look at you and what you did! Talk about a transformation, your precious chest looks fab! I love the added detail of the family sticker gives it. Simply beautiful *smiles*

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  9. I love it! I've been looking at my cedar chest lately and trying to figure out what to do with it. Mine has a cushion on top so I need to get fabric too.

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  10. I love it! It looks fantastic with the solid top. I have my hope chest at the end of my bed too, but I might see a makeover in its future!

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  11. Now THAT is just stunning!!! That beadboard was the PERFECT touch. What a treasure!

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  12. Beautiful. I love it.

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  13. You painted the wood? Were the men in your house just dying? You know how men can be about that!

    I love how it turned out!! Love the two tone, the beadboard, & the Family saying. You are so talented!

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  14. I love it in it's original state. I love what you did with it. I just love cedar chests. Oh, the memories that can be stored in there.....

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  15. Beautiful. I love how it turned out and it's perfect at the foot of the bed. I didn't know they have stick on letters at the Dollar Tree!

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  16. I think it's fun how decorating can morph...that's what makes it personal!

    Great job on the chest!

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  17. The Cedar Chest looks great. I have been following your blog for a while and really enjoy all you do and your creativity. Also that you are not afraid to open up and share parts of yourself.
    So I have a stupid question what is coastal decorating? I think I would like it. Julie

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  18. Looks great Susie! I think trimming that beadboard with some trim molding would be the finishing touch.

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  19. Oh, hos beautiful your hope chest turned out! I would never have thought of doing something like this! And the family words - perfect! You're the most creative one and just the cutest little thing ever!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  20. The chest is great! Looks like it is going to go great with your now coastal decor. Can't wait to see how things are going. Jackie

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  21. it looks wonderful Sus!
    luv it.
    xo

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  22. Fantabulous!! Love the new look!

    Suzanne

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  23. Wow, it looks so great! I have an old hope chest in the basement my MIL gave me. I love it but the inside smells of moth balls so it has found a home in the basement unfortunately. Maybe there is hop for it yet! I'll try painting the entire thing and see what happens.

    Your beadboard and stickers on the front really look amazing.
    ~Michelle

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  24. It's so pretty and sweet. I almost bought that same sticker on Sunday.

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  25. What a lovely chest and makeover. I didn't know that the dollar tree had those! I'm definitely going to check it out. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. Love it! Mine was wicker and while we were waiting to move into our new house, it was at my MIL's - she let her dog chew on the corner and ruined it:( Love the stick on letters, I need to make a dollar tree run!

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  27. That is gorgeous. I love the balance of the black/white/gray with the wood time on the top.

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  28. You found those letters at the dollar tree?! Are you kidding me?!

    Where are my car keys...

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  29. Oh - my parents gave me a hope chest when I was 16 as well. :) So fun.

    question - is my blog giving you problems any more? Just curious since I took off one video but left another up. :)

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  30. It turned out fabulously! LOVE it!!

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  31. Hey Jen...I hope you can read this. This morning I tried 3 times to hop on and it boots me off. Somedays its ok. It's not just you though,I also have trouble with Kelly's Korner. Y'all are two of my favs thats what makes it soooo hard. I think my computer is just very cranky.

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  32. It looks great, Susie. Love those stick on letters!

    Blessings,
    Mandy

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  33. Love it. I have a cedar chest that a boyfriend made for my 21st birthday and I hate it so much. It's really well made but so dark and, well, dark. Might take on re-doing mine this summer to look like yours!

    I love the beach/coastal look. Being from So Cal and living in the middle of Utah it makes me feel more "at home!"

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  34. the chest looks gorgeous

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  35. That is beautiful. I wish I still had my hope chest that I got years ago. I can't believe you got those stickers at The Dollar Tree. I hear ya about the change, I have gone more coastal.

    Hugs,
    LeAnn:)

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  36. Wow! This turned out so incredibly great. I have a chest that my dad made me a few years ago. I'm absolutely inspired to paint and ad some details to it. Thanks sooo much for the inspiration!

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  37. I have a cedar chest that I've had forever...don't even know where it came from...we've just always had it since I was little. I have wanted to paint it, too. This post may just have given me that little nudge I needed!

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  38. WOW! that came out beautiful....

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  39. Susie - It looks perfect! Did you get the lettering at Dollar Tree recently?

    Thanks as always for sharing. You do great work!

    Charla

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  40. Hey, coastal is good too! This is really pretty, I love the beadboard addition.

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  41. What a great job you did! Love it! I am so fond of beadboard, distressed and vinyl...fabulous!! I can't wait to see more changes into the "Coastal"! I love Swedish too and am leaning more towards that in my own home. I would like to invite you to stop by my blog and see all the new changes I have there! I also am doing an incredible giveaway! A custom designed Birdie Bag and cupcake pincushion. Come and enter! :)

    Hugs,
    ~Victoria~

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  42. ...it turned out gorgeous and i love the way you left the top stained natural. the decals were the perfect touch! xo, mickey

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  43. Your chest turned out great! I am so chicken to paint old things that I have an emotional attachment to but you showed great strength and it looks fab!!!!

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  44. Wow, it looks beautiful! I love how you added the quote on the front, it is just perfect.

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  45. GOOD GRAVY...this is fabulous. The strange thing...I have a cedar chest given to ME at sweet 16 (I am 71 now, so we are talking this is almost an antique!!) and it is IN MY CLOSET, TOO..I have thought several times about moving it out and putting it at the end of my bed, just like you. NOW..you have inspired me...gonna do it...soon!!
    xo bj

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  46. Susie, I love what you did to this chest...it's beautiful. I sent an e-mail to you, but don't know if I used the correct address. Do you still make the boards from your Jan. 28, 2009 post? I would love to get one. Please e-mail me at Miss Janice {at} Miss Janice {dot} com. I look forward to hearing from you!

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  47. Susie, I love what you did to this chest...it's beautiful. I sent an e-mail to you, but don't know if I used the correct address. Do you still make the boards from your Jan. 28, 2009 post? I would love to get one. Please e-mail me at Miss Janice {at} Miss Janice {dot} com. I look forward to hearing from you!

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  48. So pretty! I have one of these old cedar chests, too - you've given me a great idea. I love how your's turned out! :)

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  49. Oh good Lord my dear, now you've done it. I left this page up after viewing yesterday and our daughter saw it.. so guess what she wants to paint.. her bed! YIKES!

    She wants it to be black now, it's an antique frame, hubby said no when I told him.. I wonder how he'll tell her.

    Darling chest my dear.

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  50. I love this, I'm loving the lettering, I would like to have go at this myself but haven't been quite sure how to go about it, I have an old piece of shabby wood I thought would be nice with a 'sign' of some sort on it...hmmm

    great inspiration

    Sarah

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  51. I love what you did with the chest!!! It is so beautiful. I love the saying as well! Great job! Can't wait to see the pictures of all the changes you're making!! Enjoy your day!

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  52. Wow that looks fantastic. I have a slight obsession with white furniture! Great idea xoxox

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  53. WOW ,
    It's wonderful.
    thank you for sharing.
    Blessings with hugs

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  54. Oh I love this finished product! It looks so good!

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  55. I love this idea! I have been following your blog for awhile now and love your style!! I actually have purchased the same stickers @ Dollar Tree where I live in Michigan and they are on my wall with some family photos. Love your blog....you are very talented! Thanks for sharing!

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  56. that turned out great! i have an old cedar chest that needs some love.

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  57. GOrgeous! I really like the beadboard on the front and that you left the top wood. It is beautiful!

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  58. Hey girl. This trunk is absolutely beautiful! You did an incredible job with it. I wish I had half your talent. Amazing - just amazing.

    Also, you let me know if you decide to come to South Florida. I would love to meet you as well. We are here in Bonita Springs now and I can tell you that Ft. Myers is calling your name. (and your daughters) Ha ha! It's beautiful here - as always. You girls would have a fantastic time. I'm sure of it.

    Email me directly at Angie@AngelicaGraceDesigns.com if you decide to make plans to head this way. Again, we are here until August 4th. There is plenty of time to hook up should you end up down here. OK?

    Big hugs,
    Angie
    PS...More beach pictures are coming on my blog. I'm just now getting settled and pulling out my camera. Stay tuned!

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  59. Decals? At Dollar Tree!?? I have a hope chest just like yours and have been wanting to update it a bit. Love what you did with yours!
    Beautiful!

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  60. That turned out beautifully! I love the beadboard and the decals. I can't believe you go that from the $ Store!!

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  61. Oh my, I LOVE this! You did a beautiful job on that chest! I also love the saying! I always love seeing what you are up to!

    Rebecca

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