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In defense of the Virginia Maid Cedar Hope Chest pictured above, my approval was sought prior to delivery AND my head was swirling with exciting contemplating the endless possibilities for restyling this forgotten old chest. Trust me when I tell you that this is definitely not usually reflective of how I feel when random large objects magically appear in the garage. One day I will share pictures and you will understand.
This chest came with all of its’ original paperwork. Complete with a hilarious list of “necessities” for a new bride to stock her hope chest and a serial number that showed its manufacture date to have been in March 1960. With an modernizing exterior restyle this hope chests has at least another 54 years in it to house the next owners treasures.
It’s my thought that just because something is old it isn’t a travesty to not painstakingly restore it back to it’s glory days. It is ok to chose a new style. It is ok not to force yourself to like gold and yellow chests originally built to house linens in case the Queen of England dropped by for tea. It is perfectly ok to like the way it looks in grey and silver better. The paint haters and wood purists may disagree, but I say if a little restyle can make you fall in love all over again, why not?
Here’s another gem that showed up in the garage:
This was a gift for our teenage daughters. Great bones, but less than desirable wood color to fit in with our 7th graders hot pink and zebra striped decorated bedroom. Luckily, the girls have a little faith in my restyling abilities to know that we could make it work.
I decided to go with General Finishes milk paint in Patina Green and metallic silver on the handles and draw pulls. I also highlighted the ridges in the furniture by outlining them in silver.
In conclusion, if hand me down furniture shows up a your door, before you turn your nose up to it, realize that there’s a lot you just be able to do with it, or have done to make it fit in with your current style. Also, keep in mind that the best style is one that makes you smile. No point in keeping something in it’s original form if it’s not working for you. Life is short. Mix up your furniture colors if it makes you happy.