Husband has a chest that once belonged to his late uncle. He used it as a TV stand. I had no qualms with the chest itself, but it didn't work as a TV stand. It was too low and had no where near the storage we need. So a few months ago, we purchased a new TV stand with lots of storage, and moved the chest into our bedroom. And we gave the old chest some much needed love.
Here it is. In desperate need of some TLC.
This is what it looked like after we took out the drawers, sanded it down, and wiped it down. We had to fill the holes from the old handles with wood putty. I'm lacking photos on the process, sorry.
This was the next step: staining. I didn't follow the directions. I put the stain on and then we waited till it was dry enough to put another coat on. It came out super dark, but I think it's beautiful. Next, using spare wood, foam purchased with a 40% off coupon from Hobby Lobby, and other left over supplies from our headboard (including the fabric) we made a cushion to fit on the top of the chest to turn it into a bench. We made the cushion the exact same way as our headboard last year.
And here is the final product. Kinda. I have drawer handles sitting on a shelf in the garage. We have yet to put them on.
The chest now sits in our bedroom in front of our window. But it may not stay there--I'm trying to convince Husband that we should rearrange our room. Stay tuned...and maybe soon I'll get those handles on. (And yes, I know you aren't technically supposed to end a sentence with a preposition, but this is my blog...and Mom, you're not supposed to be grading this!)