Many years ago, when I was graduating from high school, my dad brought me a present which wasn’t actually from him. One of his friends and neighbors had gone to the trouble of making me this lovely cedar-bottomed hope chest as a graduation gift. Even though I’d never met him properly (I had seen him in passing a couple of times), it really touched me that he’d thought so highly of my dad that he’d give his daughter such a lovely present.
Over the years, I used it to hold many and various trinkets and meaningful items that I wanted to keep. But the big problem was that the light wood didn’t really go with the decor of any place I lived. It usually wound up with me sticking the chest in a closet out of site.
So recently, I tried to figure out some way I could make it cute without ruining it. I didn’t want to paint or stain it because it was a gift. But something needed to be done, and I had an idea!
You can see that beforehand, it was well made, but very plain. I decided to use some contact paper I’d found at a yard sale a few months ago. Contact paper is a great way to change up the look but on a non-permanent basis. It’s easy to measure and cut (it usually has lines on the back to help guide you), and it is easy to reposition if you mess up.
I decided to add it to the top and the front of the chest, leaving a small border where the trim was.
I smoothed it out and used a craft knife to get the edges perfect. Once it was done, I thought it still needed something. I happened to have a vinyl wall cling that I wasn’t using, so I centered it on the front and added it in. Perfect!
Once it was done, I filled it with lots of my breakables and stuff I don’t want the kids to mess with. I then placed it in front of the louvered doors of the closet which holds our furnace, as an extra deterrent to the kids. Finally, I used the top as a nice display for some of my collection of fairy figurines and a few photos I love.
I LOVE how it turned out, and I love even more that I can change it up at any time. It looks so cute in my craft room, and it’s so handy for extra storage.