I found this little chest abandoned by the trash. I’m assuming it was a jewelry chest but all the drawers were missing.
I had no idea what to do with it but I felt the need to save it.
First, I cleaned it well and let it dry in the sun. Then I painted a layer of primer on it.
Since there were so many shelves and recessed areas, I decided to use spray paint so I could get all of the surfaces. I chose a metallic silver.
The original knobs on the doors were gone so I played around with a couple options.
At first, I didn’t want to drill so I just screwed these little hooks into the doors by hand.
Then I hung a couple links from an old chain necklace.
If you don’t have a drill, this is a really easy way to add a knob.
I found some knobs at World Market and really wanted to use them instead, so I became determined. I have no business using a drill, but my husband wasn’t home so I decided to assert my independence.
I drilled a hole the size of my knob screw into the center of each door.
And then screwed in the knobs.
I still wasn’t sure what to do with it, so I decided to use it as a bedside chest for now.
I filled it with items that I usually keep by my bed anyway like chap stick, books, journals, pens, etc. Now it’s all together in one spot, which is nice.
So before you throw something out that you assume is trashed, just rethink how you might use it. A little paint, some new hardware, and a fresh outlook might give you a whole new objet d’art (I just really wanted to use that word!)
Here is the piece of trash before:
To some, I may be a trash-picker, but to this little chest, I’m a hero:) Welcome back to life, little chest.
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