Hope Chest Turned Dining Room Bench

 So I totally lucked out on this hope chest. It was a freebie from someone who just wanted to get rid of it. Well it just so happens that it’s perfect for my dining room. Not only can it be used as storage but I can pull it up to the dining room table as seating when we use the leaf.

 It took me forever to decide what I wanted to do with it but I finally figured it out. This is what it looks like now.

I could have just painted the whole thing but I just wasn’t feeling those floral carvings. So I painted everything but the front panels with two coats of white chalk paint then I lightly distressed it.

Then, I went to Lowe’s and bought a small sheet of birch ( I think ?) and had them cut it into four small pieces that were cut to fit each section. Then I tried to distress them a little using a rock and a hammer but I  almost broke one of them so I made myself  stop. (I got a little crazy with the hammer).

Then I applied a steel wool and vinegar solution similar to what I did to my dining table only this time I didn’t use tea. After I applied the steel wool/vinegar I applied an uneven coat of dark pecan stain. I was hoping to give it a little bit of a weathered look.

Then all that was left to do was apply the panels to the chest. I like E9000 glue for this type of project. If you use it just be prepared to smell it for weeks. It’s really strong.



I’m still playing around with the pillows and the accessories on the shelves. I can’t decide if it needs color or not. I kinda love the coral with it.

So happy I can mark another dining room project off my list!! One of these days I WILL finish this room.

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By stephaniemkent@yahoo.com

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  • arzea

    September 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    I LOVE THIS!!!! It looks so so so good! I just finished a DIY TV console from a dresser, check it out if you want! I also love your pillows, and your paint, what color is it?

    1. Stephanie @ The Styled Soul

      September 21, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      Thanks so much!! The paint color is Baby Seal Black by Benjamin Moore. I did check out your TV console and it is AWESOME. Yellow is a great color, it’s so happy.

      1. arzea

        September 21, 2012 at 9:02 pm

        Thank you!!! I love this wall color, I may steal it at some point :-)

  • Brooke @ Inside-Out Design

    September 22, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Oh wow, I love it’s new look!! And it’s awesome as a bench!

    1. Stephanie @ The Styled Soul

      September 23, 2012 at 7:22 am


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