It used to be a tradition for mothers to gift their daughters hope chests to store linens and other items to be used when they were married off. While the idea behind the tradition is dated, I liked the idea of gifting something that can be used for a long time for my daughter’s upcoming birthday. Plus we can always use a little extra storage in our home!
I decided to start from scratch and built a birthday box with leftover wood scraps from other projects. We’re a family of art lovers, so leaving the chest with a plain finish was out of the question. I decided to use a few different colors for an additional visual pop. On the top, I hand-painted a spiral burst using the same colors. It turned out so beautiful, especially with the simple hardware used for the piece. The tie-dye look wasn’t what I had in mind when I started the project, but it ended up really matching the piece.
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I found the elephant frieze and applied it to the front of the birthday box so that it can be decorative if stored in the open. The image is one that will be able to grow with my daughter as she does. Staying with a light-hearted, almost tropical design, I detailed the chest with split bamboo on the edges. In order not to overdo it, I kept the finish of the bamboo natural and really like how it looks against the rainbow palette.
I think she’ll love the piece as much as I do!
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