Waterfall Hope Chest Restored & Renewed

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You know it’s a good day when you head out to an old building that has been bought and renovated and they just, “want the stuff outta here”. Musical words to my ears. I couldn’t resist taking a peek at all they had to offer. Of course, this vintage Art Deco waterfall hope chest caught my eye and I had to bring it home.

Vintage Waterfall Hope Chest Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

To say I’m excited for the young couple I got the chest from is an understatement. They purchased a downtown building in my city that has seen many days and ugly updates. However, they are renovating it back to the original glory it once was. We’re talking uncovering the pressed tin ceiling hiding behind a drop ceiling, old wood floorboards revealed under carpet, and so much more. I wanted to do a happy dance! It makes my heart happy when others see past the obvious to the beauty beyond. Count me first in line to see it in the after.

I came home with many treasures from this place and will show them all to you in time. Today, I’m focusing on this waterfall hope chest. It had wear to the top with missing veneer, water rings, dents, scratches, etc. Nothing too hard to handle.

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The interior was immaculate and has a beautiful cedar lining. I just love the smell of cedar, and wood in general. Do you ever pick up raw wood just to smell it. Stop and try it sometime – bliss, I tell ya.

Cedar Chest Opened | prodgigalpieces.com

The lock was missing part of its components, but that’s fine with me because I have to remove it for resell anyway due to recalls, etc. To get this makeover started, I first grabbed some veneer remnants from my stash that I salvaged off of past projects. It’s hard to find good veneer nowadays so I keep all I can. My stash scrap was adhered to other layers of veneer, so I soaked it in water and separated the layers.

While doing that, I chiseled out the damaged section on the chest top to make it square to receive a repair patch. After many attempts, I finally got an exact piece to fit and it looks good as new.

Repaired Veneer on Waterfall Hope Chest | prodigalpieces.com

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Next up, I removed the lock set and filled it with a piece of dowel using wood glue. I cut it to length, used wood filler to fill in any gaps.

Dowel to Fill Lock Hole in Cedar Chest | prodigalpieces.com

Then, I used my orbital sander  and my Corner Cat to knock down the worn finish on the top and on the sides to prepare it for the next steps.

DeWalt Orbital Sander to Refinish Waterfall Hope Chest | prodigalpieces.com

Before starting any finish work, I decided to add a few decorative strips to the front to add dimension. I simply cut them to length, and attach with wood glue and few brads using my brad nailer. I love that thing! No compressor needed, easy to use, and so fast. BAM!

Ryobi AirStrike Brad Nailer for Hope Chest repairs | prodigalpieces.com

Once prepped, the top got a deep new color that I’ve loved to use in the past with an Espresso Stain. It give the wood such richness and I like it better than the orangey feel the wood had prior.

Minwax Espresso Stain for Waterfall Hope Chest Top | prodigalpieces.com

I applied the stain, let rest for 5 minutes and then wiped off with a lint-free cloth. I let the stain cure for about 30 minutes, and then applied two coats Dixie Belle Satin topcoat using my Palm Pro, making sure to let the coats cure for 2 hours in between.

Dixie Belle Satin Topcoat for Hope Chest Finish by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

For the base of the waterfall hope chest, I chose these two complimentary colors: Putty and Dropcloth. You can see how I used these colors in my faux brick treatment in my kitchen, and how Dropcloth is one of my favorite colors in these posts.

Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paints in Putty and Dropcloth for Waterfall Hope Chest | prodigalpieces.com

Dropcloth would be the main color with an accent of Putty. Again, using my Palm Pro, I give the cabinet two coats letting cure 2 hours in between.Painting Hope Chest with Dixie Belle Dropcloth Natural Chalk Mineral Paint by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Now comes the fun part…adding dimension. Woot! I wanted to create a point of interest on the front of this piece, so I purchased this wooden medallion applique. Isn’t it lovely?Ornate Wood Carved Applique for Waterfall Hope Chest | prodigalpieces.com

I used my Dixie Belle paints in Dropcloth, Putty, Sage, Spanish Moss, and even more Espresso stain to give it depth and character. The added bonus was I topped it off with these beautiful gilding waxes in Bronze and Warm Gold.

Dixie Belle Gilding Waxes in Warm Gold and Bronze | prodigalpieces.com

I’ll show you what it looks like in a bit, but first, I had even more fun. If that’s possible, right? I like to play in the dirt, but this kinda dirt is a blast! Dixie Belle offers this product called Dixie Dirt in various colors, so that you can use it to create texture on your project. Why dirt you ask? Well, you have seen before how I use glazing, waxes, and even different paints to add dimension to ornate pieces. This Dixie Dirt is so easy to use and makes it fun.

Dixie Belle Dirt and Clear Wax for Adding Dimension to Furniture and Home Decor | prodigalpieces.com

First, I apply a coat of wax using a brush or lint-free cloth. I chose to use Clear Wax, but you can use any of their waxes (white, black, grunge gray, or brown). While the wax is still tacky, I use my Square Brush to just pick up a hint of Dirt in Earth color. Doesn’t that sound funny?!

Dixie Belle Dirt in Earth Color for Shading | prodigalpieces.com

Tap off any excess because less is more when using this product. I apply the Dirt to the places I want to highlight and shade by brushing it on.  I hit the carved area and am aiming to shadow the panels.

Applying Dixie Belle Dirt to Waterfall Hope Chest to Create Shadows | prodigalpieces.com

For the center panel that I painted in a different color, I also use the Dirt to make an oval where that wooden applique I showed you earlier is going to go. I daresay that this is easier to use than glazing and gives such a fun effect.

Applying Dixie Dirt to Hope Chest Face for Shadowing Effect | prodigalpieces.com

Now the base of the waterfall hope chest is ready for my last step to add my wooden applique. With wood glue and my nailer, I just pop it on and I’m done! Hooray!

Vintage Waterfall Hope Chest Made New by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces using Dixie Belle Paint Products | prodigalpieces.com

Vintage Waterfall Hope Chest Given New Life with Paint & Stain by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Here’s an upclose peek of that applique with the painted details and gilded waxes highlighted with the Dixie Dirt.

Gilded Wood Applique with Dixie Belle Paint Products by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The new look has the aged feel I love. mmm…My favorite part is the outcome of the top. You can hardly even see the repair piece I patched with. High five for having a veneer stash, right?

Hope Chest Top Stained in Espresso Stain by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Veneer Repair After | prodigalpieces.com

The interior cedar lining didn’t need anything, so I left it in its raw beauty. Those built-in trays are super handy for holding your treasures. I still have my hope chest that my parents gifted to me on my high school graduation day that also happened to be my 18th birthday. It is crammed full of my treasures – I love it.

Cedar Lined Hope Chest Made New by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Open Vintage Cedar Blanket Hope Chest with Tray | prodigalpieces.com

What a fun project this was and I hope you learned a few tricks too. For me, it’s all about making your home your own. There is no need to buy high end furniture from box stores when there are so many quality built vintage and antique pieces that just need a little love.

Farmhouse Bedroom with Vintage Waterfall Hope Chest Restored and Renewed by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Art Deco Hope Chest Restored with Dixie Belle Paint Products by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Normally about now I would be telling you this chest is available in my shop, but it sold before I could even list it. I’m so excited that it’s on its way out west to a very special young lady as a gift from her wonderful mama. Such a blessing to be a part of it all.

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From dingy and dated to beautiful antique, this vintage Art Deco waterfall hope chest is made new by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | Get the DIY details at prodigalpieces.com

Up next, my little stash of wooden thrifted items get new life. Any guesses? Take a peek at their new life HERE in the reveal post.

Wooden Thrifted Items Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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233 Comments

  • Nancy F Lambert

    Beautiful!!!

    March 27, 2018 at 5:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Nancy.

      March 27, 2018 at 6:12 am Reply
      • Lori

        Great project!! ❤️The appliqué makes the piece!! Thanks for the chance @ the give away it’s the only paint I use it’s amazing!! It’s

        March 27, 2018 at 4:52 pm Reply
        • Larissa

          My pleasure and thank you for the kind words, Lori.

          March 27, 2018 at 5:12 pm Reply
    • Payton Watkins

      This transformation is PHENOMENAL! Turning something from drab to fab with Dixie Belle.. nothing short of the best!! And the detail on the appliqué? To die for!! DropCloth is my go-to color when I can’t decide on a piece, but the use of these colors together is awesome. Fabulous job!! 😍💕

      March 29, 2018 at 10:22 am Reply
      • Larissa

        Well, you just made my day! Thank you so much, Payton. I just love Dixie Belle and I’m not just saying that. I truly do!

        March 29, 2018 at 1:13 pm Reply
  • Shirley

    Absolutely gorgeous! Too bad it sold already because that’s a piece I could have totally gotten into! I’m so curious about the Dirt…I need to try that stuff!

    March 27, 2018 at 5:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! You will love it. It’s fun, easy, and so effective. 🙂

      March 27, 2018 at 6:13 am Reply
  • Tamara Creel

    Nice piece.

    March 27, 2018 at 6:01 am Reply
  • Christina in SW FL

    What a unique and beautiful piece of furniture! You go girl! I”m with you on taking a moment to really savor and appreciate things in life. As for painting, I’m still contemplating painting that pyramid shaped CD cabinet. Love the dropcloth color. 🙂

    March 27, 2018 at 6:08 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re so fun, Christina! Yes, time to take a breath every now and then. 🙂 Fingers crossed for ya!

      March 27, 2018 at 6:13 am Reply
  • Bev

    Wow, what a difference. Love the pretty applique.

    March 27, 2018 at 6:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I just love these kinds of pieces. Thanks!

      March 27, 2018 at 7:34 am Reply
  • Norma Ortegon

    That is beautiful. I have a buffet i would love to paint in a two tone and thosr 2 colors look great together.

    March 27, 2018 at 7:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Norma. Love buffets!

      March 27, 2018 at 7:34 am Reply
  • ColleenB.~Texas

    What a lovely transformation. Like me; I also love them old furniture pieces. This hope / cedar chest is gorgeous.
    I have so many pieces that need painting that don’t know where to begin. Gardening season now so busy with that. I can only paint in my spare time of which I have little of.
    Always been wanting to try the Dixie Belle paints but with my tight budget I just haven’t been able to afford it.
    Thank U 4 this wonderful giveaway opportunity

    March 27, 2018 at 7:07 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Colleen. Our garden season has yet to start, but I’m planning. I hope you win!

      March 27, 2018 at 7:35 am Reply
  • Sherry Fram

    Love the transformation! Who knew Dixie Belle could make dirt look so good! If I have to choose what to paint first it would be either my dining table or the TV stand. They both need some paint love.

    March 27, 2018 at 7:18 am Reply
  • Deb

    So pretty! Love the applique!

    March 27, 2018 at 7:21 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for the kind words, Deb. 😉

      March 27, 2018 at 7:37 am Reply
  • JILL NELSON

    It’s great to see how you bring back things people see as junk or too far gone to be of use. Thanks for the inspiration!

    March 27, 2018 at 7:42 am Reply
    • Larissa

      My pleasure, Jill.

      March 27, 2018 at 7:56 am Reply
  • Karen R

    Absolutely beautiful, as usual!

    March 27, 2018 at 7:48 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Karen. 😀

      March 27, 2018 at 7:56 am Reply
  • Alison S

    I have a couple of chairs I’d like to paint.

    March 27, 2018 at 8:04 am Reply
  • Lori Sawyer

    Beautiful and I’m very guilty of smelling wood . We have a cedar tree that I sit near just to smell the beauty

    March 27, 2018 at 8:10 am Reply
  • Maria

    So pretty!

    March 27, 2018 at 8:15 am Reply
  • Jewell

    You are a super talented artist. My favorite of all the pieces I’ve seen!

    March 27, 2018 at 8:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How wonderful to hear, Jewell! Thank you for making my day.

      March 27, 2018 at 8:46 am Reply
  • Carole

    You have outdone yourself with this one! Just beautiful!

    March 27, 2018 at 8:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I was so excited to have at it. Fun piece to do. 😀

      March 27, 2018 at 8:46 am Reply
  • Rebecca - Knoxville,TN

    Very nice. A keepsake for some lucky young gal.

    March 27, 2018 at 8:42 am Reply
  • Kim Coe

    I love the different paint colors and stains you used – they tie it all together and highlight what was already there instead of being distracting.

    March 27, 2018 at 9:08 am Reply
    • Kim C.

      I have a garage (and shed) full of dumpster-bound furniture that I would love to try Dixie Belle Paint on. Currently I’m just using latex “oops” paint but would love to try working with the ‘extras’ like the dirt stuff (heh- pardon the technical jargon). 😉

      March 27, 2018 at 9:12 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for getting what I was after. 🙂

      March 27, 2018 at 1:02 pm Reply
  • Judy Newell

    Congrats on your third place win in the Zibra furniture makeover contest! I really enjoy your posts. I have several pieces of furniture that I would love to experiment on, so the Dixie Belle products would be a great start.

    March 27, 2018 at 9:21 am Reply
  • Gilmer Gal

    Sweet! And congrats on winning 3rd on the Zibra “One Of A Kind” Furniture Refinishing Contest!

    March 27, 2018 at 9:23 am Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    First, Congratulations on the Zibra contest! So happy you made the top 3 !! Love the cedar chest. I have an old one I bought years ago at a thrift store, and I love it. I can’t imagine painting it though. I grew up with parents who refinished antiques and I always remember my dad cursing those painted pieces. haha! Although these days I am getting into some of the painted furniture. Some things are just too gorgeous ! Since I have a plethora of little tables, that’s probably what I’d use the paint for. Thank you for the chance, Larissa!

    March 27, 2018 at 9:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      My pleasure, Patty. 🙂

      March 27, 2018 at 1:03 pm Reply
  • Alisa Bradshaw

    I have a hope chest just like this one, in my garage. It’s in a little worse shape, but with your tips and inspiration, I hope to restore it’s glory! Thanks for all you do ❤

    March 27, 2018 at 9:38 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Glad to help, Alisa. 😀

      March 27, 2018 at 1:03 pm Reply
  • Jolinda

    This is the most beautiful hope chest I have ever seen. You are sooo talented. Thank you for sharing with all of us. I love the dirt and applique.

    March 27, 2018 at 9:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Jolinda.

      March 27, 2018 at 1:03 pm Reply
  • Alicia H

    Hi Larissa! You always have something unique going on in your work. Congrats on winning 3rd place with your cart in the Zibra contest. ~A

    March 27, 2018 at 9:43 am Reply
  • Cathy

    Stunning! How did you apply stain on the applique without getting it all over??!! And congratulations on your 3rd place finish for the Zibra blog!!!!

    March 27, 2018 at 10:05 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I just used a brush. Not too hard. 🙂

      March 27, 2018 at 1:03 pm Reply
  • Mary

    you truly honored this piece with the way you finished it. My heart smiled when I saw the reveal picture. That chest is beautiful.

    March 27, 2018 at 10:18 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you as some always chastise for painting wood. They just don’t get what I do.

      March 27, 2018 at 1:04 pm Reply
  • Carol S

    You always come up with the greatest ideas! Really good job on this piece. So much out there is paint-distress-seal-done. You take your projects to the next level with such beauty. All those extra touches take time and patience and CONFIDENCE! to accomplish. I have my grandmother’s Lane waterfall cedar chest. It needs work but can’t paint it because of the beautiful veneer. Would love to find a fixer-upper chest to do something like you have done. Great job!

    March 27, 2018 at 10:22 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for getting what I do. I am not one of those for sure and to be lumped in with them drives me crazy. Hugs, Carol.

      March 27, 2018 at 1:04 pm Reply
  • Audra Taliaferro

    That is so pretty! You do fantastic work!

    March 27, 2018 at 10:22 am Reply
  • Kathy

    Oh my! I am so in love with your work! Your talent defies all boundries girl!!! The hope chest is a piece of beauty now, not just an old piece in the attic. Love it!

    March 27, 2018 at 10:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for the kind words, Kathy.

      March 27, 2018 at 1:05 pm Reply
  • Nita Chojnicki

    You did such a fantastic job from fixing the veneer and your color combination. Definitely a unique piece of furniture.

    March 27, 2018 at 10:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m delighted to hear it. Thanks!

      March 27, 2018 at 1:05 pm Reply
  • Renee P

    I couldn’t figure out where you going with the colors and the pieces you were adding to the chest but when you were finished with it, it was beautiful! You have a very good eye when it comes to seeing how a project will turn out. That is truly a gift! Another job well done!

    March 27, 2018 at 10:32 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks for the love, Renee.

      March 27, 2018 at 1:05 pm Reply
  • kimmylouwho

    very pretty and I was glad to learn how to fix veneer. Great Job! Congrats on 3rd place in the Zibra Brush contest!

    March 27, 2018 at 11:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It can be done, thank goodness. haha. Thanks!

      March 27, 2018 at 1:06 pm Reply
  • Claudine

    The chest is beautiful – your work on the applique is gorgeous! 🙂 I an super excited about this giveaway too…sionce I can’t buy Dixie Belle in Ontario…fingers crossed I win! 🙂

    March 27, 2018 at 11:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Claudine. 😀

      March 27, 2018 at 1:06 pm Reply
  • Lee Oliverio

    So gorgeous! And I am with you on loving the smell of wood, I have to take a stroll through the wood aisle when I go to Home Depot and my husband thinks I’m nuts! I’m still contemplating painting that swan table!

    March 27, 2018 at 11:56 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are completely sane. haha!

      March 27, 2018 at 1:06 pm Reply
  • Marie-The Interior Frugalista

    Beautiful job on this waterfall chest, Larissa! Loving the stained top with the two-tone painted base. Wow, the interior was in mint condition! The trim and pretty applique took this piece to a new level! I’ve never tried DB Dirt but I’m sure loving how authentic it looks. Pinned

    March 27, 2018 at 1:10 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Yes, outside of the missing lock parts, it was pretty sweet. You will love to play in the dirt! 😀

      March 27, 2018 at 5:08 pm Reply
  • Constance Colvin

    Larissa…..you have the patience of Job! (-: I actually have an old chest that we used as a “toy chest” when my kids were small. I’d spiff it up!

    March 27, 2018 at 1:38 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      haha…not the first time I’ve been told that. Thanks so much, Constance!

      March 27, 2018 at 5:08 pm Reply
  • Debra Wise

    Another gorgeous piece! You are so talented. Love the applique and the DB dirt sets it off. I have several pieces that need repaired and painted. Maybe you could do a giveaway where we win you helping us redo a piece…ha ha. Congrats on the Zibra win. I voted for you!

    March 27, 2018 at 1:40 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! You’re too funny, Debra! Thank you for the love.

      March 27, 2018 at 5:09 pm Reply
  • Emily Nelson

    I really need to try Dixie dirt one of these days!

    March 27, 2018 at 1:45 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It is so easy and you’ll love it. 😀

      March 27, 2018 at 5:09 pm Reply
  • Brandi Kilpatrick

    My favorite part is the medallion!

    March 27, 2018 at 1:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      How fun! Thank you, Brandi. 😀

      March 27, 2018 at 5:09 pm Reply
  • Robin Summers

    What a beautiful make over on this hope chest, I can’t wait to start on of my own one day😍😍😍

    March 27, 2018 at 1:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I hope you find one, Robin. They’re so useful in the home.

      March 27, 2018 at 5:10 pm Reply
  • Kathy Huffman

    I love your makeover! Lucky girl that ends up with that beauty 🙂
    I have a dresser that could use some love, that is what I would use the Dixie Bell paints on!

    March 27, 2018 at 1:55 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m delighted that she’s going to be surprised. Yay for fun!

      March 27, 2018 at 5:10 pm Reply
  • Melissa

    I Love it!!! Pinned it for inspiration when I finally get my hands on a hope chest!

    March 27, 2018 at 2:15 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Melissa! I hope you find one soon…and win. 😉

      March 27, 2018 at 5:10 pm Reply
  • Bobye

    Beautiful and congratulations on your win on the zebra website.

    March 27, 2018 at 2:38 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you on both accounts, Bobye. 🙂

      March 27, 2018 at 5:11 pm Reply
  • Rebecca Drake

    Beautiful chest! I’m sad it is already sold!

    March 27, 2018 at 3:03 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much for the compliment, Rebecca. 🙂

      March 27, 2018 at 5:11 pm Reply
  • Leona

    This turned out beautiful!! My mother had one exactly like it! …. My brother had refinished it for her…and now it belongs to him…I’ve wished already, I would have liked her Waterfall bedroom suite …alas, it was sold, becouse nobody wanted it. Btw, does this comment enter me into the giveaway?

    March 27, 2018 at 3:23 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Bummer on the bedroom set. I know what you mean. You leave a comment and then fill out the widget saying you did. Make sense?

      March 27, 2018 at 5:11 pm Reply
  • Kris

    I’m so glad to see this! I have a buffet that I planned to do in drop cloth and the top in espresso gel stain. I’m trying to,decide if I should use black wax.
    Great looking piece!

    March 27, 2018 at 4:16 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Ooh…I love buffets!! Just brought another one home. Thanks!

      March 27, 2018 at 5:12 pm Reply
  • Jeanette

    Larissa, I have visited the same building and had a great time going through all their treasures and chatting with the couple. What a neat place with all those offices and apartments upstairs! I probably walked right past that hope chest and didn’t give it a second look. You are an inspiration! Every time I watch you transform something, I wish I had the nerve to tackle similar projects. Maybe part of my problem is that I’m lacking the right tools. Yay for giveaways! Maybe you could offer a class?!?!?! Sign me up!

    March 27, 2018 at 5:10 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Sweet to hear, Jeanette! I’m so excited for them. Like my motto, #toolsoverjewels! haha.

      March 27, 2018 at 5:13 pm Reply
  • Christina kintyhtt

    Wonderful as always

    March 27, 2018 at 5:16 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Christina.

      March 27, 2018 at 5:17 pm Reply
  • Lisa Wiersma

    That came out lovely, Larissa! I’ve never tried this brand of paint. Have heard great things & would love to!

    March 27, 2018 at 5:26 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Lisa. I was hooked on first dip after trying dozens of paints over the years.

      March 27, 2018 at 9:22 pm Reply
  • Mary

    Wonderful makeover. I just found a shop near me that sells Dixie Belle paints and I will have to visit. You always amaze me with your creative finishes.

    March 27, 2018 at 5:29 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Hope you have fun hunting! Thank you for the encouraging words.

      March 27, 2018 at 9:22 pm Reply
  • Rebecca Box

    Love the waterfall chest makeover. Very pretty. I am about to paint my childhood French provincial bedroom set and considering using Dixie Belle paint for the first time. I would love too win some.

    March 27, 2018 at 5:48 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you! That would be sweet.

      March 27, 2018 at 9:23 pm Reply
  • Stephanie Phelps

    I love what you did with the Art Deco Waterfall Chest, so inventive!

    March 27, 2018 at 6:15 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Stephanie. 🙂

      March 27, 2018 at 9:23 pm Reply
  • Tammy Shelton

    Love it so much! If I win I’ll use DB for more jewelry boxes.

    March 27, 2018 at 6:38 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds good, Tammy. Thanks!

      March 27, 2018 at 9:23 pm Reply
  • Laura Werley

    This turned out so beautiful. Thanks for showing us a lot of new and different Dixie Belle products. I appreciate that you are so willing to share how products work.

    March 27, 2018 at 6:45 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It makes it fun to teach others so they can do their own too.

      March 27, 2018 at 9:24 pm Reply
  • Emily Varnon

    Looking forward to getting settled in new home and redoing pieces for coastal cottage look. This chest is beautiful.

    March 27, 2018 at 7:05 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Hope all goes well. Thanks for the compliment. 😉

      March 27, 2018 at 9:24 pm Reply
  • Cindy Downing

    I love what you did!! I want to paint my cabinets

    March 27, 2018 at 7:29 pm Reply
  • Trinda

    Great job!

    March 27, 2018 at 7:29 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Trinda. 🙂

      March 27, 2018 at 9:24 pm Reply
  • Lisa

    That is such a cool chest and getting it free is a big bonus! Congrats on the Zibra contest!

    March 27, 2018 at 7:34 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It wasn’t free, but a good price that I couldn’t pass up, but mostly wanted to see it revived. Thanks, Lisa!

      March 27, 2018 at 9:25 pm Reply
  • Jolena

    The chest looks beautiful. The applique is a nice touch.

    March 27, 2018 at 7:56 pm Reply
  • Donna Gonzalez

    Beautiful, as always. Love the applique on the painted body of the chest combined with the stained top.

    March 27, 2018 at 8:38 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I had to cover those two faces on the front in the veneer…haha…just couldn’t work around that design. Thanks!

      March 27, 2018 at 9:26 pm Reply
  • Debrashoppeno5

    This turned out so beautiful. And congratulations on winning a place in the Zibra contest. I am so happy for you.

    March 27, 2018 at 8:45 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re always so good to me, Debra. Thank you so much.

      March 27, 2018 at 9:26 pm Reply
  • Rachel

    Larissa that is absolutely gorgeous! I love the detail work you did on the floral medallion! That is one fine veneer patch too. I’m with you on picking up wood and smelling it, such wonderful scents.

    March 27, 2018 at 9:51 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      How sweet of you to say, Rachel. Thank you! You are my kinda gal.

      March 28, 2018 at 4:07 am Reply
  • Johna Larson

    Love the chest! If I win I’d try to make my old hope chest look that great.

    March 27, 2018 at 10:02 pm Reply
  • Ginny

    The chest turned out beautiful! I feel the need to make a Goodwill trip and find something to paint. I’ve never used this paint before and would love to try it!

    March 27, 2018 at 10:26 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      The need is real…haha… Can’t wait for you to try it!

      March 28, 2018 at 4:07 am Reply
  • Linda M

    i have a similar one that belonged to my mother-in-law. Unfortunately the inside is not in very good shape. She had painted the outside and later covered it with woodgrain contact paper. I love what you did with yours.

    March 27, 2018 at 10:55 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Oh no…contact paper. Well, hope you can give it new life. Rubbing alcohol works wonders on that paper residue. Glad to hear you like my project. 😀

      March 28, 2018 at 4:08 am Reply
  • Maggie

    Absolutely stunning!

    March 27, 2018 at 11:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Maggie!

      March 28, 2018 at 4:08 am Reply
  • Lee Kuhn

    Love old chests!!

    March 28, 2018 at 12:00 am Reply
  • Liz Wiesemann

    You have an eclectic style that I love. This cedar chest came out beautiful. Love your blog! Would love to try the Dixie Belle products!

    March 28, 2018 at 12:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s totally fun to switch up style as the pieces come in my path. Thanks for hanging around with me, Liz!

      March 28, 2018 at 4:09 am Reply
  • Cindy B

    I’d love to try this on an old wood jewelry box I have.

    March 28, 2018 at 12:51 am Reply
  • Gina L Hockett

    Wow, what a gorgeous chest. I am so inspired by your work! There are several things around here that could use a creative, elegant redo like this chest that you brought to new life, the first one would be a wardrobe-type piece that needs to be a linen storage cabinet. I think Dixie Belle would be just the right product to transform that piece. Thank you for the give-a-way opportunity for some Dixie Belle products!!! Really glad I discovered your blog today.

    March 28, 2018 at 12:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so happy to have you here, Gina! That project sounds like the perfect project piece. Hope you win!

      March 28, 2018 at 4:10 am Reply
  • Nola Maureen Allwine

    Great piece, love it!

    March 28, 2018 at 2:03 am Reply
  • Terri Thater

    I have a beautiful antique buffet I’d love to try this on.

    March 28, 2018 at 2:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Those are so wonderful to have.

      March 28, 2018 at 4:10 am Reply
  • Mary Kaiser

    Your so talented, that girl is sure lucky to have that chest! All your pieces are so beautiful.

    March 28, 2018 at 5:17 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Mary. I am so delighted for her and her mom.

      March 28, 2018 at 5:58 am Reply
  • Debbie

    Another big makeover WOW!!

    March 28, 2018 at 5:49 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! You’re so fun, Debbie!

      March 28, 2018 at 5:58 am Reply
  • Dale Cundy

    The first thing that I will paint is a secretary desk that I found on the roadside….it will be beautiful! I just need the paint…… Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    March 28, 2018 at 8:35 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Score!! So excited for you, Dale!

      March 28, 2018 at 10:54 am Reply
  • Kathleen

    Wow! What a beautiful chest!

    March 28, 2018 at 9:09 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for the smile, Kathleen.

      March 28, 2018 at 10:54 am Reply
  • Dawn

    Awesome project ! I have the same hope chest…it was my mom’s.Don’t know if I can bring myself to re-do it 😕 However..I do have a dresser I need to re-do , and I love Dixie Belle paints & products ! I will keep following to see your inspired transformations !!

    March 28, 2018 at 9:11 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I don’t blame you as I can’t touch mine either as it’s in new shape. haha. 🙂

      March 28, 2018 at 10:54 am Reply
  • Kayla Starr

    This is beautiful! I love all of the different layers! Grest job on the repair… I’m savine this for future reference!!

    March 28, 2018 at 9:12 am Reply
    • Debbie Caldwell

      Love the makeover on the hope chest!

      March 28, 2018 at 9:19 am Reply
      • Larissa

        Thanks so much, Debbie!

        March 28, 2018 at 10:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How fun! Thank you, Kayla.

      March 28, 2018 at 10:54 am Reply
  • Barb

    This turned out great!! Love how you really made it look “fancy” with the added decorative item but kept the age looking older with the techniques!!

    March 28, 2018 at 9:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Had to do something to give this gal some glam. Woot! 😀

      March 28, 2018 at 10:55 am Reply
  • Connie Shepherd

    I love the detail you used on the applique! Absolutely beautiful piece!

    March 28, 2018 at 9:50 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m delighted you like it, Connie. Thank you!

      March 28, 2018 at 10:55 am Reply
  • Kimberly

    So beautiful; gorgeous detailing! At one point I assumed that the cedar made the furniture orange (growing up) because all of it was that orange-y look. When I found out I could have my beloved cedar lined furniture and give it deep, rich stain I was ecstatic.

    March 28, 2018 at 10:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo! Great feeling, isn’t it?

      March 28, 2018 at 10:55 am Reply
  • Tajinder Raina

    You are amazing…Beautiful job done with lot of creativity.I have a very old bedroom set which i am going to paint for my 15 years old daughter with Dixie Belle paint.

    March 28, 2018 at 11:13 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re an awesome mom! 😀

      March 28, 2018 at 12:12 pm Reply
  • Melissa Storms

    That turned out absolutely gorgeous! You are so talented and I love that you share all of your pieces with us. I need to look into a brad nailer for myself, we have one bt is heavy and does need the compresser.

    March 28, 2018 at 11:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s my pleasure to do so because I love seeing other’s tackle their own pieces. Makes my day! This nailer is a dream without the hose pulling on my wrist.

      March 28, 2018 at 12:13 pm Reply
  • Joanna

    Beautiful! The first thing I painted with Dixie Belle was a corner hutch. It was so beautiful, I made over my entire kitchen! I can’t stop paining!

    March 28, 2018 at 12:17 pm Reply
  • Jayme Coonce

    I love this makeover! so glad you left the inside in its pristine condition. ❤ I’m currently on the hunt for a pair of nightstands to re-do, that would be my choice of painting next.

    March 28, 2018 at 12:25 pm Reply
  • Roxie

    It’s just beautiful and love your creativity! I would totally paint my kitchen cabinets with Dixie Belle paint! I’ve been hesitant for the past year on what paint to use, but think I’m sold on DB paint!😊❤

    March 28, 2018 at 1:10 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Roxie! I honestly was hesitant at first too because I thought it would be like all the other paints I tried, but I was wrong. So glad I tried it!

      March 28, 2018 at 1:38 pm Reply
  • Marti

    Once again, you amaze me! Congrats on the Zibra win! The cedar chest is a beautiful rebirth — lucky the young woman who received it! I’ve decided with all you do, your days must have more than 24-hrs – LOL!! I

    March 28, 2018 at 1:39 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re so awesome, Marti! Thank you! I need a twin for sure. haha.

      March 28, 2018 at 4:54 pm Reply
  • Jeannie Scott

    So glad you won, you deserved it……………and I voted for you!!!! I have entered the contest and would absolutely love to win……I have just found Dixie Belle Paint and so happy that I have. Love Love Love it and would love to win the goodies!!! Thanks for such a great giveaway!!!! Looking forward to more of your post and trying more of the paint!! It is so easy to work with and has a beautiful finish!!!

    March 28, 2018 at 4:08 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m happy to hear it! I use DB all the time, so you’re sure to see it again. woot!

      March 28, 2018 at 4:55 pm Reply
  • Charlene

    Congratulations on the win ! Nice job on the cedar chest !

    March 28, 2018 at 5:21 pm Reply
  • Candy Walsh

    You did an amazing job on this hope chest! I had one just like it that was my mother in laws but gave it to my sister in law when we moved. I sure wish I had it back! The appliqué is beautiful!

    March 28, 2018 at 10:46 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      They are such treasures to me. Thank you for the kind words, Candy.

      March 29, 2018 at 8:37 am Reply
  • SONJA HANSEN

    Great find. I am amazed at the condition of the interior. As usual, you created a beautiful transformation.

    March 29, 2018 at 1:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, other than the broken lock, all was well. Thanks!

      March 29, 2018 at 8:37 am Reply
  • SONJA HANSEN

    I forgot the #2. In addition to how impressed I am with you work, I would paint my two very old, very sturdy kitchen chairs.

    March 29, 2018 at 1:54 am Reply
  • Regina

    Love it and that applique. I love that you have a veneer stash too!

    March 29, 2018 at 6:51 am Reply
    • Larissa

      High five, Regina!

      March 29, 2018 at 8:37 am Reply
  • Jennie

    I soooooo admire your creativity. I haven’t used Dixie Bell paint before but would love to try it. I have 2 French Provincial library tables I would paint first. I’m a neutral color girl so probably would use Dropcloth. Keep up the good work. I’m inspired by you!

    March 29, 2018 at 7:16 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You will fast fall in love! 😀

      March 29, 2018 at 8:38 am Reply
  • Kat Emerick

    I love it all!!! I have a few pieces I am planning to redo. One is an old headboard, small half moon table.

    March 29, 2018 at 7:38 am Reply
  • Denise C

    I learn something in every post. Love the transformation of this chest. It’s beautiful!

    March 29, 2018 at 8:07 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Denise.

      March 29, 2018 at 8:38 am Reply
  • Maryann Smith

    I love the little wall cabinet! The saying is perfect.

    March 29, 2018 at 8:42 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for the smile, Maryann. 🙂

      March 29, 2018 at 1:09 pm Reply
  • Lynn

    I always enjoy your interesting transitions! Thanks for sharing.

    March 29, 2018 at 8:54 am Reply
    • Lynn

      Part 2 – I need to paint a drop side coffee table. I am thinking a stripe would be good.

      March 29, 2018 at 8:55 am Reply
    • Larissa

      My pleasure!

      March 29, 2018 at 1:09 pm Reply
  • Heather Rose

    I plan on painting a book case and a jewelry armoire. I appreciate all of the tutorials, blogs, etc. that you and other talented people share. I learn so much and am confident that with everyone’s helpful tips and tricks, I will end up with beautiful pieces.

    March 29, 2018 at 9:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s what it’s all about. Yay!

      March 29, 2018 at 1:12 pm Reply
  • KIM COMER

    What a transformation! It is gorgeous!

    March 29, 2018 at 10:03 am Reply
  • Sian

    Another beautiful transformation, you’re so talented!

    March 29, 2018 at 10:18 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so sweet to say so, Sian. Thank you!

      March 29, 2018 at 1:13 pm Reply
  • Maureen Clipperton

    Nice job. I’d paint my office desk.

    March 29, 2018 at 10:40 am Reply
  • Peggie Russo-Millard

    It is beautiful! I have my mother’s Hope Chest. It looks just like the one that you have. I would love to paint it too.

    March 29, 2018 at 12:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You have a treasure, Peggie. 🙂

      March 29, 2018 at 1:14 pm Reply
  • Michelle

    I think I’m ready for some color! I love the Dixie Belle Cotton and Fluff, but it’s time to branch out. I have a little foot stool that’s begging for a makeover.

    March 29, 2018 at 1:07 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Go on, girl! Get some color and have at it. So fun!

      March 29, 2018 at 1:15 pm Reply
  • Cathy

    Beautiful! The detail you did on the medallion is gorgeous!

    March 29, 2018 at 2:40 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so happy to hear it, Cathy. Thanks!

      March 29, 2018 at 3:40 pm Reply
  • Jana

    Lovely!

    March 29, 2018 at 2:41 pm Reply
  • Lorrie Geer

    OMG this is gorgeous I had no idea they made anything like that powder you used I cannot wait to try it love love love it

    March 29, 2018 at 2:44 pm Reply
  • Janet

    Always enjoy your blog and learn so much from you. Thanks for the give away.

    March 29, 2018 at 5:25 pm Reply
  • Jessica

    Chest turned out absolutely beautiful !! I have a marble top dresser I’m ready to get painted. You are an inspiration !

    March 29, 2018 at 7:26 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds like a perfect project piece. Have fun!

      March 30, 2018 at 6:32 am Reply
  • Mindy Harmon

    Thank you for sharing your work in amazing.

    March 29, 2018 at 8:47 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      My pleasure, Mindy.

      March 30, 2018 at 6:32 am Reply
  • Naomi S.

    OH, MY! That is lovely! When I first looked at the finished project it took my breath away. I hadn’t really been able to picture it from the photos of you working on it, so it was a complete surprise. It’s transformation is just amazing. How did you know what you wanted to do with it? Had you seen something similar or did the idea just pop into your mind? It sure turned out to be a unique piece.

    March 29, 2018 at 10:38 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for the smile, Naomi. I just try to keep them true to their era and give them new life.

      March 30, 2018 at 6:32 am Reply
  • Naomi S.

    Sorry I forgot to tell you what my first Dixie Bell paint project would be. I think it would be a little end table with drop down leaves on each side that I got second-hand and have in my living room. Not sure yet which Dixie Belle color I will choose. Probably a shade of green or turquoise.

    March 29, 2018 at 10:44 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds like a fun project! 😀

      March 30, 2018 at 6:33 am Reply
  • Naomi S.

    It’s me again! I can’t tell which of the photos of this project is the is the pinable image. None of them do anything when I click on them. Help!

    March 29, 2018 at 11:18 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You can pin any of them, but the long image with text near the bottom is the pin image. You can use the pin button on my site or if you have it in your chrome extensions that works too.

      March 30, 2018 at 6:33 am Reply
  • Barbara Pelzer

    I gotta say, this piece is a beauty! I actually have a waterfall cedar chest that may be a twin to this one. It belonged to my aunt who passed away several years ago. When my cousin decided to give up her house and everything in it, I called dibs on the cedar chest and matching dresser. Maybe this summer will be the time for the reincarnation of these pieces now that I have a bit of inspiration (thanks to you!) Love your blog ♥

    April 3, 2018 at 3:23 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      What a treasure you have. Enjoy!

      April 3, 2018 at 9:02 pm Reply

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