How to DIY a treasure chest storage box

June 13 | Guest post by Bridgetfalcon

Chest011I decided to make a little treasure chest. I think my grandfather, who used to make things like this for fun and as gifts, would be very proud if he were alive today. I almost felt him watching over me as I made this, which made it very special. And here's how I pulled it off…

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Supplies:

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Step one: Weathering the box. I sanded the rough edges, hit it with a hammer a few times and rolled it around in my backyard so it didn't look too "perfect." (This photo was taken pre-weathering.)

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Step two: Apply first coat of stain and dye.

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Step three: Apply second coat of stain and dye, then attach any hardware with finishing nails.

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Step four: Attach the leather strips with upholstery nails. You can also sand the edges of the leather to make it look a little worn.

With all the leather attached.
With all the leather attached.
All nails added.
All nails added.

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Step five: Finish with a little fleur de lis, or whatever extra flourishes you'd prefer.

Now the only question left is… what kind of booty would you store in YOUR mini treasure chest?

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  1. Cute! To help make it look more weathered, I'd take a fine point paintbrush (or general small paintbrush) and some black paint, then go into the spaces on the top of the chest, and maybe around the edges a bit. Then wipe it with a cloth or sponge so it isn't too dark. I think it's called patina (or maybe that's just for making metal bits looks old).

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  2. We adapted this for our wedding as a card box. I love the addition of the leather–it gives it so much character.

  3. We did the exact same thing for our wedding:
    http://wedding.dementedcreations.net/Pictures/treasurechest.jpg
    (We expect our pro pics in the next week or two – this is the only one we have so far.)

    We used Red Oak stain with a clear gloss over it, we also used furniture tacks for the top, and we got corner protectors, decorative hinges, handles, and these awesome butterfly latches that I wish I had a close-up picture of. We started out with the exact same chest!

    I will warn people – if you are picky about the style and color of your hardware, it can be difficult to get exactly what you want without ordering online, which can get expensive.

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  4. This is awesome. I wonder how much of this process could be transferred over to making a realistic-sized treasure chest? (Because linen closets are BORING, duh.)

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  5. I want to for this just to say I've got junk in the trunk.
    (Also, it looks pretty friggin rad.)

  6. This treasure chest looks beautiful! I`m trying to make something similar for a project! I was not able to find the wood stain color you used, i was wondering if you could suggest something that is very similar in shade. Thank you!! 🙂

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