Saturday, November 19, 2011

New Project In the Works!

I've had this little chest since the summer. It was a freebie - another treasure from my church. I finally decided to make it my next project, and today I'm showing you the before photos.

I have no idea how this piece began - what it was originally made for or intended to be. It appears to have been stripped partially of gray paint, then "faux" painted a sort of mauve marble.

There was a time I would have probably done the same thing. Now, I wish they would have stopped with the partially-stripped gray.

It has panels on it, but the wood doesn't appear to be fine wood. It has handles on both ends, but they were probably added later. 

You can tell they were "pre-faux" since there's faux on them.

There's also a hasp. I think that's what you call it - hardware used to attach a padlock. The handles and hasp are more utilitarian than decorative. There is no ornamentation on them at all.

There was a little surprise on the bottom of the trunk:

It may have been a crate for a clock or something fragile. I would say it's a crate, except for the panels. You don't see many crates with panels. What do you think? Any ideas?

Whatever it was, I'm glad to have it, and I hope it turns out like I see it in my mind's eye.

Since I'm more a "painter" than a "stripper" I opted to paint it. I've had a certain finish in mind. I'm experimenting, and you're my guinea pigs. Yes, I also use my dinner guests as guinea pigs. I know that's a "faux pas" but this post is sort of celebrating a little faux. My plan for this little chest is a sort of "nouveau faux" treatment. (That's for all my Francophile friends.) 

Hint: It will not be white! 

Another Hint:  It will work beautifully in a white environment.

Word for the Day:

Philippians 1:6

 ...being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

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Sandy@Life Began In A Garden said...

Hmmm, I wonder how old it is...could be a packing crate, but an awfully fancy one with the panels..can't wait to see what you do with it!

Emily @ 52 Mantels said...

Interesting! I can't wait to see what you do with it.

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm your newest follower. :)

lynn said...

if only it could talk:) i'm with you on painting, not stripping, revi. can't wait to see your finished project! have a great sunday!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Revi, what an interesting piece! I would be curious to know its origin. I am anxiously awaiting whatever it is that you are going to! I know it will be fabulous!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I adore your little trunk/crate (with panels). I can't wait to see what you do with it. Are you painting it black? Happy happy Thanksgiving ~

Sandra said...

I can imagine the end product - as your Word or the day said: ...being confident of this
Have fun waiting for the final.

Sharon said...

I have a thing for wood matter the size. I can't wait to see the finished product!

p.s. ok so I just clicked the post comment button 2 times...and nothin and when it finally post (cause I'm gonna keep trying)...that it explains it if it is posted multiple times! LOL!