Farmhouse Style Wood Chest Makeover + Too Many Ideas


Feeling stuck lately, like you have too many creative ideas?  Not every makeover has to have a stencil or image transfer or fancy details or decoupage.  (Although I do love doing those kinds of makeovers!)  Some turn out best when you don’t overthink it… when they’re left simple.

I found this old wood chest at Goodwill and may have paid too much for it ($20) but it’s really well made and was oozing with potential.  Plus, I’ve been wanting to do a wood chest makeover but I just hadn’t found one in good shape!

DIY Farmhouse style wood chest makeover I Girl in the Garage

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As you can see, scratches galore and the bottom panel was almost falling out.

DIY Farmhouse style wood chest makeover I Girl in the Garage

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First up, Mr. GITG (aka Guy in the Garage) sanded the top down so it was silky smooth.  He’s been helping me out with several projects lately as we’re getting ready for the Three Little Birds Market this Saturday.  And yes we’re bringing this chest with us.  🙂

My random orbit sander makes this kind of task super quick.

DIY Farmhouse style wood chest makeover I Girl in the Garage

He also fixed the saggy bottom by raising it up and adding extra support underneath (secured with glue and our nail gun on the sides).

DIY Farmhouse style wood chest makeover I Girl in the Garage

Then it was all mine to work on….

I started with a clean, crisp look: Champlain by Fusion Mineral Paint.  It’s a soft cream color.  That was the easy part!

DIY Farmhouse style wood chest makeover I Girl in the Garage

I went back and forth several times deciding what else to do with it…  went through all my stencils, even picked out two and was deciding between them.   I thought about stripes or an image transfer.  Finally, I decided to do this:

DIY Farmhouse style wood chest makeover I Girl in the Garage

Ha.  Pretty ugly, right??

I randomly brushed on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Coco all over the outside.  I still didn’t really have a clue what to do next, but I didn’t like the current status.  I dismissed all the other ideas I had and went back to brushing on more of the Champlain, but not enough to cover all of the Coco – just enough to give the chest a slightly weathered, farmhouse look.  Then I lightly sanded it.  Perfectly simple.

Doesn’t the wood look kinda like shiplap?   (Fixer Upper fans say amen!)

DIY Farmhouse style wood chest makeover I Girl in the Garage

It looks so good this way and I’m so glad I didn’t use a stencil.

DIY Farmhouse style wood chest makeover I Girl in the Garage

What do you think of the weathered farmhouse look on this wood chest makeover?  Would you have done it differently?

DIY Farmhouse style wood chest makeover I Girl in the Garage DIY Farmhouse style wood chest makeover I Girl in the Garage

Here’s a look at the inside:

DIY Farmhouse style wood chest makeover I Girl in the Garage

When you’re painting furniture, especially if you’re new to it, it can be so easy to get distracted by all the different techniques and ideas floating around blogs and Pinterest.  Sometimes too many options actually keeps people from even starting their projects (I know this because many of you have expressed this frustration to me)!  Often the simple route is the best solution.  And if you’re feeling Project Paralyzed, go back and read this post:  Why Done is Better Than Perfect

DIY Farmhouse style wood chest makeover I Girl in the Garage

Much love to you, friend – and get working on those projects that you haven’t been able to figure out what to do with!  😉

Jen

Now it’s time for more fun with my Trash to Treasure Girls…  

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10 Comments on Farmhouse Style Wood Chest Makeover + Too Many Ideas

  1. Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces
    May 9, 2017 at 4:52 am (3 months ago)

    What a refreshing new look, Jen. It sure will sell fast as chests have oodles of uses. Love it!

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    • Jen
      May 9, 2017 at 6:16 pm (3 months ago)

      Thanks, I hope so Larissa! 🙂

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  2. Christy@Confessions of Serial Do-it-Yourselfer
    May 9, 2017 at 7:38 am (3 months ago)

    I agree, sometimes a simple paint job does the trick. It makes it appeal to more buyers too when you’re getting ready for market, so smart move! It would have been cute painted for a boy’s room to hold toys maybe? Boys furniture sells really well for me since there aren’t a lot of cute options for boy’s things out there. I can’t give away girly pieces though! Best of luck this weekend!! XOXO
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  3. Marcie Lovett
    May 9, 2017 at 7:45 am (3 months ago)

    It almost looks whitewashed, Jen. It’s nice to see something that isn’t all techniqued (is that even a word?) up.

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    • Jen
      May 9, 2017 at 6:17 pm (3 months ago)

      Thanks Marcie! Haha, I was trying to think of a word like that too but couldn’t come up with a good one. “Techniqued” works. 🙂

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    • Jen
      May 9, 2017 at 6:23 pm (3 months ago)

      So true, Nancy! And thank you! XO

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  4. Sharon Hankins
    May 9, 2017 at 9:29 pm (3 months ago)

    Beautiful job Jen. Just enough Champlain over the darker brushes to make it awesome. And you’re right about the shiplap – LOVE.

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  5. Marsha
    May 10, 2017 at 12:20 pm (3 months ago)

    Jen, you are sooooo right on! Too many ideas can muddy your thoughts, been there! I decided to just jump right in and do it because it can always be redone! Fear of failure can make you reluctant to start anything, so just do it!

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  6. Martha Glassy
    May 11, 2017 at 10:37 am (3 months ago)

    I have a pine chest almost exactly like this. It was unfinished when I bought it 22 years ago, so I stained it. I love what you have done with this one. Inspiration for my old chest!

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