The kid needed a toy chest. Like, needed a toy chest six months ago. The problem was that I didn’t want to buy one of these new pressboard toy chests and have it fall apart within a year. My kid is rough on, well, everything.
I decided she needed something that wouldn’t actually break when she climbed on top of it and proceeded to jump up and down.
This chest was given to me years ago by my great aunt who took it to college with her. And she is about to turn 100. So, yeah, there’s some history here. Including lots of scuffs, scraped paint, dents and dings.
But I love those dents and dings. I like to think of them as "character."
Before painting the chest, I gave it a good sanding to remove loose paint and wiped it down with a tack cloth to pick up all the dust. This was the first painting project I had done with my new paint sprayer and I was pleasantly surprised at how well it worked.
I started off by giving the chest a couple thin coats of primer. Once those coats were good and dry, it got another couple coats of simple white paint.
To add some character, I stenciled on those cute little birds in pink and blue to match the kid’s vintage style nursery. And that “wire” the birds are standing on, its not paint. Come see the full post to find out what I used for that.
You can also find out more about my paint sprayer here.
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Jenna LaFevor rants on at Rain on a Tin Roof about DIY projects, junk décor, thrifty finds, crafty creations and other decorating dilemmas. She went to UTC, where she got a teaching degree that now collects dust. When she isn’t trying to keep her kid from climbing out of the circus ring or making sure her husband’s shirts are taken to the dry cleaners so she gets out of ironing, she can be found with a paintbrush in one hand and a cheap beer in the other. But if you’re buying, she’ll have a cosmopolitan. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org; or you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter @raintinroofblog or at her blog. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.
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