Back in the Summer I was sitting out on the front porch, drinking my coffee and flipping through Craigslist when I ran across this in the Free section.
It was free.
And cedar lined!
To be perfectly honest, they had me at Free.
Oh, and have I mentioned lately how much I like free? So I drove to East Asheville and the home of a very nice young couple and their HUGE dog Elvis and picked it up. The guy of the house was also very kind and helped me load it in to my Jeep.
When I got home I put the chest in my garage and there it has sat for three months. It really amazes me to absolute death what I will paint around. So, last Sunday I was sooooo disgusted with the football game we were watching I drug it in to the house and started painting it at seven in the evening. I know, that’s really close to my bedtime.
Nobody was more shocked by this than me!
I chose this aqua color because I thought it might give this little, scratched up, discarded chest some life.
I think I succeeded.
I call this color Sea Glass.
It’s a custom color that I came up with in the Spring and I had just enough left to cover this chest . The color came together by mixing three Americana Decor chalk paint colors: Primative, New Life & Treasure. Somewhere I wrote down the exact formula.
If I could EVER remember where I put it!
This is the third project I’ve used it on and I really love the color, but it is really hard to photograph, for some reason.
In my quest to get a true representation of this lovely aqua color I began to drag this thing (because I can’t lift it my myself!) all over the house in search of decent light.
And I’ll be damned if it doesn’t look pretty good in my mostly-taupe living room.
Nothing like a little fine grit sandpaper to bring out the details.
So, I have three cool ideas for using a piece like this little blanket chest.
Besides storing blankets!
First, I think it’s most perfect for a coffee table, storage galore! Second, at the foot of a kid’s bed as storage or a place to sit and put your shoes on. Lastly, in a bathroom for storage or even a hamper, if you have the space.
I dropped it off at my shop in Sweeten Creek Antiques yesturday morning. It’s waiting for a new home
Have a great week !
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