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Outdated Hope Chest Upcycle

By: Lolly Jane
April 2, 2014

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 Outdated Hope Chest Upcycle
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Our mom owns a cedar chest that’s been sitting in front of her stairs forever, catching blankets, backpacks, hats or other items grandkids kick off and toss on it. We knew it needed a few coats of chalky finish to spruce it up so when she and our dad went on a cruise earlier this month, we made it over and she was thrilled with how the chalky finish brightens up the space! It’s amazing how a few coats of paint (and new hardware) changed the whole look of this chest.

Items needed:

  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 16oz - Everlasting
  • Americana Decor Stain Blocker 8oz - Stain Blocker
  • Paint brush
  • Water basin


Without priming or sanding, we brushed on two coats of Everlasting chalky finish.

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It covered very nicely but there were a few stubborn streaks so we used one light coat of stain blocker/sealer then one more coat of chalky finish. We updated the hardware and viola! A PERFECT finish.

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We are usually huge fans of distressing, especially with how easy it is with chalky finish, but we are loving how crisp the paint looks with the stained top!

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This was such an easy transformation that changes the whole look of this chest. Hope you love it as much as our mom does!

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