Furniture re-dos Makeovers

Hope chest

I found this hope chest at a thrift store last week.

hc before


Isn’t it just dated? This isn’t the original fabric. The saddest part to me is that they didn’t even recover it properly.


Can you see? They just stapled the fabric to that wonderful cedar wood. 🙁 All they needed to do was remove 8 screws and the whole top lifts off to cover over or pull off the old fabric and replace the whole shebang… want to see what I found?


It had been “redone” THREE times improperly and the first time they used upholstery tacks. Nearly broke my heart. Other than some additional holes, the interior was in very good shape. That amazing cedar smell is still there. Once I managed to get all the staples out of the trunk itself and removed the original fabric from the top it was a simple freshening job.

Here’s what she looks like now:

hc after

Ready to greet a family when they walk in the door or sit beautifully at the foot of your bed. Much better, don’t you think?

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    Rebecca @ Shoved to Them
    February 6, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    So much better! Sometimes I’d like to be insie your head and see things the way you do.

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    February 6, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    🙂 I think my “favorite” fabric was the original orange and brown tweed. Brain liked the “Holiday Inn curtains” just under the blue and gold brocade.

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    February 6, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    It looks so fresh! Love it!

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    February 6, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Thank you!

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    February 6, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    it looks great! we have an old Lane chest, from my MIL. it’s low on my list for refinishing though. 😉

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      February 6, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      I have one my parents bought me in my bedroom. The leg on one side needs to be glued on so it’s low on the list too. Plus the quilt piece on top is dated and stained and has to go… Abbie likes it though so I’m sure it’ll be hers eventually.

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