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Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Underestimated Treasure

Out driving one day, I saw a box.
Actually a chest of sorts, sitting on the curb.

I almost kept driving, but something pulled me back to it. 
It was big & heavy & very red.
It was also DIRTY & covered in paint splatters.
As I looked at it sitting there I felt sad for it.
It had been thrown so haphazardly to the curb it was almost in the street.

Someone was obviously in a hurry to get rid of it.
A chest that had at one time been new & shiny & useful....now sat forgotten.
I decided in a minute, I would take her home.

The picture below....of the inside....was after she was scrubbed....twice!
Ya, she was that bad. She'd been put through a lot.
But she was solid & unique & I could tell someone had taken their time in building this one.
She had serious potential....she had been amazing at one time.
It wasn't fair that her life should end up this way.
Tossed aside & forgotten. 
I knew I had to take my time with her & fix all that was broken.
So she got scrubbed with bleach & basked in the sun to dry.
(This was done in September....when we still had sun)
 Then she got a wonderful sanding to remove years of abuse & neglect.
A couple good coats of primer & two coats of tailored linen in a satin finish.
With just the littlest bit of TLC she was already beaming!
I found an image I loved from The Graphics Fairy...of course.
THE place to go for all the vintage image goodness you could want.
 enlarged it & transferred it to the lid.
Then I hand painted it all in with some small artists brushes.
Ya, this little lady took awhile.
By the time the transferring & painting was done, 
I was worried my hand would be in a permanent cramp.
So I texted a lot; it passed the time & kept my fingers nimble.
Movies, texting & good conversation make some of these longer projects go quicker :)
I finished painting her, distressed her & gave her a cocoa glaze to 'vintage' her up.
Her interiors got some honey beige paint and a whitewash.
The interior lids were painted with some red & white stripes & given a whitewash too.
Just a touch of color....she decided she prefers subtle.
Then I used my mad state of the art tools (don't be jealous) & drew a cross.
I think it's the perfect symbol for her.
Her jewelry was painted in Cece's Hershey Brown with a rough overcoat of Myrtle Sands.
Then clear waxed & very lightly distressed.
She needed a little 'edge' because she thinks perfection is overrated.
She was hand waxed & buffed to perfection.
I think she's beautiful.
 Much more comfortable in her 'skin' now.
I contemplated putting wheels on her, 
but decided she'd been through enough ups & downs for now.
She's okay being stationary for a while.
Her interior is even more beautiful than her exterior.
With more than enough room to keep safe 
whatever you want her to hold onto for you.
Secret compartments & all.

She doesn't wear much jewelry & what she does wear isn't fancy,
but she likes it that way.
She's simple. Simple looks good on her.
She kinda makes my heart skip  a beat when I remember how sad & lost she was when I found her.
I absolutely loved taking taking her from sad & broken
 & fixing her up to be beautiful & confidant.
It saddens me to know I have to set her free now 
to find someone who will love her just as much as I did.
But, I think she will make someone very happy indeed.

I hope your weekend treats you well friends :)

"Lines are just a suggestion...go ahead; color outside 'em"

I'm sharing this project at these places:
Stop by & check out all the inspiration!

Pieced Pastimes
I Heart Nap TimeDIY Show OffIt's OverflowingHome Stories A2Z



  1. Holy Cow, Stacy! Make sure you link this up to some parties. This is one of THE FINEST redos I have seen anywhere in blogland. IT IS AMAZING and I love it! Great job- xo Diana

  2. You deserve three "Allahs" on that redo. Thanks for sharing, Dee from My Painted Stuff

  3. All your hard work definitely paid off. It is awesome!

  4. Oh Wow!! Now this is a transformation! Stacey, you do some fine work...this one won't last long when you are ready to let her go. Bravo!!
    Debbie :)

  5. Stacey, you are one amazing lady! LOVE this! Awesome job. :) Have a great weekend! ~Cindy@littlemisscelebration.com

    1. Cindy you are too sweet & always have such wonderful things to say! Thank you so much!

  6. Hi, this project is sooo beautiful! I'm from Belgium and I bought a chest like yours in France a couple of years ago. It's amazing that you did this all by hand! I invite you to join my first link party: Crafty Country Cottage @ Old Red Barn. (http://gingerbreadgem.blogspot.com)

    Hope to see you soon!


    1. Thank you Geodele! It really was such a fun one to work on. I think I missed the first linky party but will be stopping by today! I so appreciate you visiting & hope you have a wonderful afternoon.

  7. That's amazing, the hand painting job you did on the lid, just beautiful work! (the rest too)

  8. You really did an absolutely amazing job with it. I can't believe the transformation. And I love the story to go along. You really gave the box life.

    1. Thanks so much Kimberly! I think this was one of those projects where the story wrote itself...such a fun makeover! I'm so glad to have you stop by.

  9. LOVE it! I can't wait curb-shopping season to begin... :)


  10. Congrats on your feature at the Graphics Fairy! :)


  11. Hi Stacey, I found you over at GF. I agree wholeheartedly, this is one amazing transformation. She is breathtakingly amazingly beautiful now. I am a new follower!

    PS: Would love you to follow back if you can:)

  12. Stacey Anne, I am taken by your love of your art and artistic treasure. You did a beautiful transformation of a once forsaken trunk. I know the one who gets this will care for it as much as you do because your work made it worthy. I also love your creative blog, well done.Katie

    1. Thank you for such truly sweet words Katie. I think love is such an accurate description. I still have to pinch myself sometimes that I'm able to wake up every day & do my hearts passion. I often wonder about the pieces I work on....the stories they could tell, where they've been, who has owned them. Your thoughtful comments put such a smile on my face. Have a wonderful day!

  13. Stacey Anne, I have a question for you. Have you ever tried Copiz pen painters? I used to do alot of grueling transfer work like you because I loved the outcome. I stumbled on Copiz paint pens about a year ago and it put the joy back in the work. I wasn't reloading and unloading the brush with paint ad nauseum. The color choices are great, although when painting light on dark the new Sharpie enamels work best. I do admire your work, Katie

    1. I have not used those specific pens, but I have used the Elmers & Krylon paint pens. They really do make the work so much easier, but I often find myself falling back on the brush & paint. I think old habits die hard :) I had not heard of that specific pen before so thanks for the heads up on a new product! I love trying out new things & discovering new ways to do old tasks.Especially if it gives me the same result while cutting back on time.

  14. Stunning!! And what great vision you had in making this amazing work. I don't envy you hand painting that graphic - that must have taken forever. But so worth it, as it's stunning.

    BTW - found you through Graphics Fairy Brag Day

    1. Thank you Heather! It's funny; most of the time if I put a good movie on in the background or am having a good conversation with someone, I barely notice the time involved. It's also a good time to get lost in thought....until the hand cramps kick in. Lol. So glad to have you stop by!

  15. Wow, great job. The transformation is stunning. I'd never had guessed it's former life.

    1. Thanks Caren! Someone at some time built this chest with great care so it was nice to see it come to life again. It makes me sad when something once so cared for comes to such a sad end. I think maybe roadside rescues are one of my favorite things to do. So glad to have you!

  16. Fabulous transformation! I love the colors you chose for the design.

    Visiting from the graphics fairy. :)

  17. What a total transformation - inside and out! Nicely done!

  18. This is just amazing! I love a roadside rescue more than anything, and yours is just gorgeous! I hope you will stop by this Thursday afternoon - Sunday to share at Redouxinteriors.com too! Thanks for sharing how you did it. Visiting from the Graphics Fairy. -K

  19. What a transformation! I love this. Please stop by my blog if you get a chance! www.king-designs.blogspot.com

  20. I'm speechless, and I love it. I hope it finds a forever home! (Would have it here in Oz if it weren't for the high postage costs involved!!) ~ Hx

  21. What a beautiful before and after!! She was a diamond in the rough and you did such a lovely job :)

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