How to DIY a treasure chest storage box #Do It Yourself#pirates#storage June 13 | Guest post by Bridgetfalcon I 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… Supplies: Unfinished wooden chest from a craft store Minwax Polyshade wood stain (Vintage Oak) Old rag for staining box Unfinished veg tanned leather kip All-in-one leather dye in tan Cotton daubers for leather dye 220-grit sand paper Upholstery tacks Small brass hinge Hammer for attaching leather and hardware Household super glue for attaching the Fleur de Lis 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.) Step two: Apply first coat of stain and dye. Step three: Apply second coat of stain and dye, then attach any hardware with finishing nails. 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. All nails added. 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? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Bridgetfalcon I am a falconer, costumer, singer and renaissance woman-in-the-making. http://pinterest.com/tionnehawk PREVIOUS My unmedicated, unassisted, impromptu and awesome home birth NEXT Lauryn's half maternity, half boudoir pregnancy photos Show/Hide comments [ 8 ] 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). 2 agree Reply I so wish you had pictures of the "beating it up" process… that sounds like so much fun! This turned out really nice. Reply We adapted this for our wedding as a card box. I love the addition of the leather–it gives it so much character. Reply Just wanted to say that I think this is incredible! Reply 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. 1 agrees Reply 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.) 3 agree Reply I want to for this just to say I've got junk in the trunk. (Also, it looks pretty friggin rad.) Reply 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!! 🙂 Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.