Wooden Chest Made Farmhouse Chic

My thrifting adventures can surprise me sometimes and that’s what keeps me hungry for the hunt. Does that happen to you? I was out looking for one thing and then found this child’s wooden chest stuffed in the back. It is totally sporting the 1980’s vibe and was begging me to bring it home to revive it back to beauty.

Dark Brown Child's Toy Chest Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

The faux front was cute, but those awful plastic knobs were killing me. Overall, it was in really great shape and even had the inside bottom replaced at one time. Oh, and I know that this was a secret weapons retreat as inside was written, “Rex and Tim. Don’t touch. Weapons here.” Rex and Tim better watch out!

Top of 1980's Wooden Chest | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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Since the top was made of mostly pine, it had oodles of wear and tear. And, since it’s a soft wood, just like the cabinet I recently refinished, I wanted to draw out those imperfections. I started by using my sander to take off the original finish and stain.

Sanding Wooden Chest Top | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

See all the dents and dings starting to pop out? (a delighted giggle emerges…tee hee hee) Yes, I am easily amazed. ahem.

Once I got that finish off using a dozen or so sanding pads, (it seriously took more to get that wood revealed than my last two projects combined!) I was able to have it in the raw. Nothing needed but to give it a coat of my own furniture wax. See how it is warming up?

Using My Handmade Furniture Wax to Protect and Seal the Wooden Chest | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Now for the base. I removed those hideous plastic knobs and decided to replace them with some vintage wooden ones from my stash.

Replacing Plastic Knobs with Wooden Knobs | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

All I needed to do was make the holes a tad larger with my drill and stick them on.

Drilling New Knob Holes with Cordless Drill | www.prodigalpieces.com

After giving it all a light sanding to help the paint have tooth, I used one of my favorite paints, Antique White. I’ve used it numerous times, like on my feed sack chair or this curbside vanity. No priming, just straight out of the can and painted the knobs while on as well. To finish it off, I gave it a distressed feel and topcoat of my furniture wax as well.

While working on this wooden chest, I stopped at a garage sale and came upon a box of wallpaper with about a dozen rolls in it for $1, including this…

Waverly Blue Ticking Stripe Wallpaper |Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I gasped and grabbed the box and ran. Okay, maybe I didn’t run, but I forked over my dollar bill straight away. What a score, right??
Walls Republic Residential Wallpaper

Of course, I decided to line the chest with the paper.

Here’s the after…whatcha think?

Rustic Child's Wooden Chest by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Farmhouse Chic Child's Wooden Chest by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

The top is refreshed and the faux drawer pulls make more sense to me.

Rustic Farmhouse Pine Wooden Chest by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Side of Farmhouse Chic Child's Chest by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

My favorite part is the ticking lining hiding that quirky text inside. God knew I would need it to make it this piece perfect.

Farmhouse Chest Lined with Waverly Ticking Wallpaper by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Waverly Blue Ticking Wallpaper as Lining by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Like most of my projects, this child’s wooden chest is available in my shop (SOLD). What a sweet gift this will made.

My purpose is to share my ideas as well as inspire, so won’t you help me encourage others by pinning and sharing my wooden chest makeover? Thank you! ♥

Outdated Child's Wooden Chest Gets Farmhouse Chic Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

You asked and I delivered. Up next, I am sharing one of my family’s favorite recipes. I’m making use of some garden goodness that is kid-pleasing and so good for your body. Head here!

A Plate of Cabbage Skillet Pizza Lasagna by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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More of my projects for you like my wooden chest:

DIY Patriotic Fourth of July Bunting made from Thrifted Fabric - Celebrat Independance Day Thrifted Style by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.comFarmhouse Style Budget Bathroom Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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  • Jamie K

    Everything project you do is amazing! Love this! I voted again – surely hope you win – you truly deserve to!

    June 7, 2016 at 7:21 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Jamie! I’m so thankful for your support.

      June 7, 2016 at 10:57 am Reply
  • Jo

    My calendar is set to remind me each day to vote. Come on folks mark your calendars Larissa deserves to win.

    Your projects but more than that your commitment to Christ and values keep me coming back day after day to your blog, thank you for being true to yourself and the source of your talent.

    June 7, 2016 at 9:12 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for the love, Jo. I truly appreciate it and your kind words. 🙂

      June 7, 2016 at 10:44 am Reply
  • Yvonne Culpepper

    That blue and white windowpane wallpaper is what I used to have in my kitchen! So it’s from about 1989! Love the chest!

    June 7, 2016 at 9:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Woot! I was so excited to find it! Great minds think alike, eh?

      June 7, 2016 at 10:37 am Reply
  • Gwen

    Love this chest! Anyone could use it for blankets too! Great score on the wallpapers!

    June 7, 2016 at 9:55 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Gwen! Yes, these storage units are great anywhere. Love a garage sale. 😉

      June 7, 2016 at 10:37 am Reply
  • Mary-the boondocks blog

    I love how the wood just shines through. It looks like day and night Larissa.

    June 7, 2016 at 12:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I was giddy when I started sanding…I love when that happens! Thanks so much, Mary.

      June 7, 2016 at 3:58 pm Reply
  • Kelly

    Larissa the child’s chest transformation is amazing! I love your work…thanks, you inspire me to keep painting?

    June 7, 2016 at 12:13 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s wonderful to hear, Kelly. Thank you!

      June 7, 2016 at 3:57 pm Reply
  • Patty

    Oh my Larissa, you have done it again, hit that ball right out of the park. Love this little chest so much, absolutely adorable. It makes me wish I had a little girl so I could buy this for her room (not) haha.
    I do have a huge old cedar chest that I have been wanting to do something with and this is it. I will paint the outside but I will leave the inside natural, the cedar is just to good to paint and I store wool blankets and throws in there that need protecting, but I will sand the top and finish it the way you did yours. Thanks so much for the inspiration. I try to vote every day, you so deserve to win!!

    June 7, 2016 at 3:00 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…you are too funny, Patty! Thank you for lovin’ on my work and I hope you get yours done so you can enjoy. Show me when you do!

      June 7, 2016 at 3:55 pm Reply
  • Marie, The Interior Frugalista

    It’s beautiful, Larissa. The waxed natural wood was so worth the effort – it’s beautiful paired with the white. Talk about a great wallpaper score – gorgeous waverly patterns and color and that sweet price! Pinned to share?

    June 7, 2016 at 9:30 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      The dents and dings made it so worth the effort. My hands, elbows, and wrists are sore! Thank you, girl. 🙂

      June 7, 2016 at 9:33 pm Reply
  • Anne

    fantastic makeover – I love the new look! I’m beginning to feel like that’s all I ever comment on your blog. Hmmm must come up with some more original comments. 🙂

    June 7, 2016 at 10:11 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…you’re too sweet, Anne. Thank you!

      June 9, 2016 at 3:55 am Reply
  • Elaine

    Another fantastic makeover! You know, I can’t scroll past one of your Facebook posts without clicking to see what you’ve done.
    You inspire… And you also make me feel as if I’m not alone (or crazy!) for taking on some of the projects I do.

    January 30, 2017 at 8:14 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That just made my day, Elaine. Thank you so much!

      January 31, 2017 at 8:24 am Reply

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