Hope Chest Restoration

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Project by Brasco18 posted 03-18-2013 09:13 PM 2113 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I acquired this chest when my grandmother passed away. It was given to her sometime in the ‘40s or ‘50s as a hope chest. For those who are curious about the tradition back then, hope chests were commonly given to young girls, in which they would put items for their eventual wedding (dresses, linens, etc.). I don’t know for sure if this was given to my grandmother with that intent in mind, but she did receive it at a young age. I think it was originally built in 1945 (a guess based on some numbers on the box).

I didn’t do a whole lot to restore it; I wanted to keep the weathered patina. And, I didn’t want to mess with all of the detail in the feet and the inlay. So basically all I did was reupholster the top, removing the original green vinyl and putting on a golden floral pattern (picked out by my wife). The chest itself I rubbed down with various cleaning solutions and fixed some minor damage to the feet.

The first and last pictures are of the of the chest as it is now. The other four pictures are of the chest when I received it.

-- When a 'want' meets 'simplicity', it creats 'progress'.

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#1 posted 03-21-2013 02:49 PM

Looks more beautiful and the fabric matches the wood. Will surely last for another generation and more. Well done!

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