1/19/10

Pirate chest~

I picked up this chest from a thrift store several months ago for $4.00... and I've finally gotten around to doing something with it. I've made it into a pirate chest for my grandaughter. Ok, more like a princess treasure chest~I started off by painting it pink and distressing it to look like its very old. I then added gold leafing to all the metal hardware on the chest. This is the first time I've ever done gold leafing-- it took FoReVeR and I'm still not 100% happy with it. I'm still finding teeny-tiny spots that need more gold stuck on. Who knew? Oh well, I do like the metal pieces looking like solid gold, so I'll continue working on them. I've went over the top of the gold foil with a glossy finish to help keep the foil from coming off-- and to keep the foil looking like bright gold. I covered the inside with some vintage fabric that I picked up this past summer. I am looking for a small inside lid hinge to keep the heavy lid from coming down and smooshing little fingers. I am hoping one of the craft/hobby stores sells little ones. After that is installed, it will be ready to hold some treasures!

4 comments:

Amy@TheLemonCottage said...

Adorable! What a cute idea.

And that vintage fabric... swoon!
~Amy

stevendeah said...

I think it's beautiful! And I LOVE that hardware...esp in gold. =)

Bunny said...

That's fabulous! I'm keeping my eyes open for one for myself!

HereBeDragons said...

I've ALWAYS wanted a chest - and yet haven't ever gotten one. If I was little and had a treasure chest like this...wow! Lovely.