Monday, September 22, 2014

Treasure Chest Redesigned, Finally!

Hi Friends!

Do you ever have an item you found junkin and just 
never got around to recreating and redesigning it?

You had grand ideas, but they took a back seat to other creating?

Well this chest was that junkin find for me.
When I finally started to tackle it,
I was so excited to begin, I forgot to take a pic to share.

I had filled it with books and other stash, but hid it away
thinking I would do something with it one day.
That how it goes with things I find to keep.

Well, let me tell you what it looked like before I started.

It was a real dark blue with brass strapping over the top and sides.
Brass handles on each side and brown wood feet.

Mr. Southern DayDreams  removed the brass, sanded the lid and sides
and made it ready for me to paint.

Here's the finish.

Hand painted with chalk paint in Lace by Deco Americana
and stenciled on the lid and front these pretty designs.
The lid is painted Timeless, also chalk paint by Deco Americana.

Sanded and distressed the high points and edges.

Using the Timeless shade I stenciled the checks to all sides
and to the front I stenciled an oval frame
and to the center No.11

For the stencils I use an acrylic paint
in charcoal grey. 
It's a bit softer then using black.

Inside is also painted in Timeless chalk paint.
It was hard to get a good pic to show the tone on tone color,
but I love the shades of neutrals.

Here it is sitting by the piano in the sitting room ready to hold magazines, sheet music and more.

To the sides I added these great handles I found at Hobby Lobby for half off.
They were blue and I also painted them Timeless like the lid and checks.
They have a bit of texture on them which adds to the charm.

This treasure chest measures
15" wide, 14" tall and 13" deep.
The perfect size.

So glad to have this finished and I love the added storage.

Do you have a treasure waiting for a redesign?
I have a few more junkin finds to complete.

Thanks for stopping by.

See you soon.

Celestina Marie


Coccinelle Creative said...

One word: FANTASTIC !! soon, congratulations and good start to the week !!

Anonymous said...

Good Morning, Celeste. I hope you had a nice weekend.

This chest is lovely and so very useful! What a great find.

I have an antique side table/magazine rack that I would love to tackle one of these days.

Wishing you a great Monday.

Sola Scriptura said...

That is perfect for holding your sheet music! You amaze me with your beautiful designs. I have way too many projects waiting for me but I do plan to get to each project someday...

Betty said...

WOW, I love what you did. I am a nut when it comes to boxes for storage and to look so pretty is just another bonus.

Rita C at Panoply said...

What a sweet treasure chest - love how you designed it. And yes, I have a few of my own waiting, waiting..... :)

LJS said...

Celestina, Nice job on the chest. It looks fantastic.........

Dianna said...

Celeste, that is incredible how you transferred that chest from blue to this beautiful finished piece. I love it...and I love the neutral colors!

Blondie's Journal said...

Beautiful, Celestina! I can see you had a vision. Sometimes we just have to be in the right state of mind to carry out our ideas. I really love the checks, what a creative way to make this a beauty!

Jane xx

Jan Hermann said...

What a lovely, large treasure chest. I love what you did with it!

I have a zillion projects waiting to be done! And most of them are redesigns!

Have a lovely week...

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

That turned out so charming!

Junkchiccottage said...

Beautiful re love of this chest. Just gorgeous.

Dorthe said...

It looks wonderful , and I too love the neutral colours you chosed and stenciled checks . So beautiful with the other stenciled paterns in dark unto to light backgrounds.
Oh my dear Celestina Marie, I can fins soooo many projects wayting for a helping hand of mine :-)

Anonymous said...

Celeste, what an adorable chest! Lace is one of my favorite chalk paint colors! The checkerboard stencil was a wonderful idea to transform this chest! Your choice of stenciling to add the the top and front of the chest just turned this into a treasure! Now, this is a beautiful storage piece! A friend just brought me cabinet doors,now I have a project to complete. I'm thinking signs!

Valerie-Jael said...

This is gorgeous, it is well named a treasure chest while it is a treasure. Hugs, Valerie

Okio B Designs said...

Gorgeous makeover! Love the stencil designs. Tres chic!


Claudia said...

Hello dear Celeste,
this Chest is wonderful ! You did such a great job!
Wishing you a wonderful week,
hugs and Blessings,

Cynthia said...

Celeste this is gorgeous, love the design and color choices!!!


Unknown said...

Wow. Looks amazing.

Bente said...

Love the chest. Such a beautiful transformation.
Wish you a great week

Hugs from here

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

That's such a creative re-do Celeste - you have such a clever eye for what will work.
I too love the soft palette and the extra storage is a real bonus!
Your Mr SDD is a gem working hand in hand with you and your ideas!

EnJOY your week!

Susan' Hearts and Flowers said...

Celestina, as usual a beautiful transformation on your chest, You are so talented. Always enjoy visiting your blog.

Deborah Montgomery said...

Beautiful job Celeste! The colors are lovely. Perfect for your sheet music. I have several of those projects, but not sure I have the skills. ;) Hope you have a wonderful week! xo, Deborah

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Wow, I love it, Celeste! It is beautiful. Love the checks, the colors and the stencils you've used on it. Such a nice size piece and I'll bet it is great for some added storage.

1CardCreator said...

This is beautiful, love the subtle checks and the handles are perfect! You are so very talented! ~Diane

Art and Sand said...

I do actually have a treasure chest, or more precisely my father's old tool chest, waiting for a redo. I just have to steal it back from my husband!

Tina said...

What a great find. I love the way you transformed it,so very pretty! Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. Have a great day.

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

It turned out so nice Celeste! I love the new colors you chose. I'm a lover of storage too! This is definitely a treasure :-)

Mari said...

It turned out beautiful Celeste my friend ;-)

Hug So~

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good evening my friend! I sure know this feeling. I love finding something then changing it completely! You did a great job, and like always, it looks FANTASTIC. You must love your home, like I love mine!

Today is my husband's birthday, so I'm signing off! Big hugs, Anita

chateau chic said...

Your treasure chest turned out so cute! Love the details you added to the outside.
Mary Alice

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I'm a big fan of checkerboard patterns, so your paint design is right up my alley, Celestina! The trunk is darling and really, you could use it in any room of your house. Wonderful transformation!


NanaDiana said...

I just completely LOVE that, Celeste! You did a great job on it. Those checks are not for the faint of heart. lol One time I did a room in a harlequin pattern and could NOT for the life of me get the last wall to match up. LOL

I have a secretary and a sewing machine that I HOPE to get done this Fall yet...I need to be able to work outside or have the garage doors open to do them.

At least you got'er'done-as they guys say.

Hope you have a great week- xo Diana

cynthia lee designs said...

What a great pretty!!

Createology said...

Elegant and lovely. Your style always has such a calming effect. Great transformation. Blissful Dear...

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Wow, I really love your treasure/storage chest. Color, checkerboard, number 11 all adds unique charm.

Anonymous said...

Hi Celeste! Oh, I love this little trunk and of course it would be beautiful with your magical touch on it. I love the colors and stencils you've used too. Look at your new snap of beautiful you and I love your pretty header. Oh, I've missed you! Hope all is well with you and thank you for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

That turned out so cute! It looks like a lot of work to do all those checks. I saw a MacKenzie Childs pumpkin in the checkerboard pattern- super expensive! I was going to try to make one but gave up since small details like this are not my forte!

Brandi said...

I bet it feels nice to just sit down and create. I did a little crafting this weekend and I was reminded of how much I missed it. Your little chest turned out great. I love the way your personalized with paint and a stencil.

Alessandra said...

Only one word....gorgeous!!!!! You made a such beautiful job. You amezed me!


You are so talented pretty Celestina, you did a fabulous job, it's gorgeous! I love, love your personalized little chest. I bet you feel wonderful after creating something so pretty.
Thanks for dropping by my friend.

Debbie Harris said...

Again your talent just amazes me, Celestina!
Yes,I have projects that I hope to accomplish. Maybe this winter when life slows down with my dear parents.
You have such beauty about you.
Sweet blessings to you.
Joy! Debbie

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Celest, I love the idea of adding the checks. Makes it so much more unique. Your creativity never disappoints me. laurie

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! Celeste, you are genius, I dub you Redesign Fairy Godmother. ;) Anything you touch turns to magic. Love this, and the dollar store pillows too.
Your autumn header is also lovely.
Don't you just love this time of year?

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

I have so many treasures waiting for redesign I can't even list them all! You did a wonderful job on the chest Celeste. The colors are perfect and your stenciling looks great! You've inspired me as usual. Now I just need to see who the lucky winner to get worked on is!! LOL

Love, Edie

Donna said...

What a gorgeous redo of the wooden chest, Celestina! I love the colors and the stenciling is perfect! Of course I love anything with a French twist:) The handles are great, so glad you got rid of the brass!! I hope you are keeping this beauty for yourself!!

Cynthia said...

Always love your do-overs! Thank you, for keeping us inspired~

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..