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…
- 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.
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?