How to Prep Furniture for Painting |Hope Chest

Wondering how to prep furniture for painting in just a few simple steps? We’ve got that covered in this post!

Before I forget, be sure to read to through to the end of the post to see who won the Zibra Paintbrush Giveaway we hosted on Instagram last week!!

You remember the 1980s hope chests don’t you? Sometimes they were called a blanket chest.

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Pinterest graphic show before and after of Lan Hope and Blanket Chest

1980s Lane Hope Chest

As a hope chest, it would have been a piece of furniture that was used to collect household items that a young woman would need to start her home after marriage.

Some may think it is old-fashioned, but I still like the idea of collecting items that would be used to set up homemaking.

It’s a dying art it seems. But we move along with the times, don’t we?

before image of Lane blanket and hope chest with heart decal on front

You might remember this chest from this post. It was in the background of another project that y’all loved. The chest was standing on end behind a beautiful dresser.

The dresser and the chest belong to sisters. They both had custom work that needed to be done so I told them to bring them at the same time!

how to prep furniture for painting

Our client wanted this hope and blanket chest brought into the 2020s and we accommodated her request of course!

how to paint furniture at home

This is the perfect kind of project for painting at home. The supplies are simple and you only need a couple of tools!

Here is a list of supplies and tools:

  • 3M Respirator
  • Dewalt Orbital Sander
  • 120-150 & 220 grit sanding discs
  • shop vac
  • Simple Green
  • micro fiber cloths
  • stool on wheels
  • Zinseer Shellac
  • Zinseer Shellac Stain Blocking Primer
  • Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint – Mora
  • Miss Mustard Seed Wax
  • Zibra Palm Pro Paintbrush
cute dog sitting in front of blanket chest used to teach how to prep furniture for painting in blog post

quick video

Barkly wants you to know we made a quick video of the process. He’s very thoughtful like that 🙂

step by step on how to paint furniture

Wasn’t that easy? And the results are amazing!

No one would ever know that a heart decal is under all that gorgeous color!

after makeover image of painted blanket chest in how to prep furniture for painting blog post

storage solutions!

These blanket chests have so much storage!

Let’s think of some ideas for using it!

  • blanket storage at the foot of the bed (obvi!)
  • Toy chest in a child’s room
  • bench and shoe storage near the back door
  • coffee table and board game storage
  • wood storage near a fireplace
after makeover image of lane blanket chest showing cedar interior

It could even be used as a side table between a couple of chairs!

staged shot of painted blanket and hope chest including wall decor and vintage chair

crackling goodness

The crackling on the chest brings a nice aged look to the paint.

Let’s take a closer look…..

close up of one side of blanket chest from a furniture prep and painting blog post

… aaahhh, be still my vintage lovin’ heart!

That’s just the kind of look I love!

close up of lock on 19080s blanket chest that was painted

painting wood furniture

I hope you enjoyed this post and video! Learning how to prep furniture for painting is a valuable skill.

Think of all the thrifted and vintage finds that you can use these techniques on!

It makes me want to go shopping!!

blanket chest after being painted in Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Mora staged with home decor

Pinterest graphic show before and after of Lan Hope and Blanket Chest

Be sure to pin any of the images you see so that when you find the perfect piece to paint, you’ll have this post as a reference!

join the journey!

We would love you to join our journey over on Instagram and Facebook! You can also find more inspiration on our Pinterest page! We’re always pinning fresh ideas!

more makeovers:

The winner of the Zibra Paintbrushes Giveaway is Stacey Adams from!! Congratulations Stacey!! I’ll be in touch with you to get your mailing address so you can receive you two Zibra Paintbrushes!!

Until next time….

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  1. Turned out beautiful friend! Love how it looks!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Thanks Kayla! Our client loved it too! Thank you for stopping by!!

  2. This project turned out BEAUTIFUL! And I am SO excited for my paintbrushes!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎨

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      You’re going to love the Zibra brushes Stacey! Thanks for entering the giveaway!!

  3. Cindy, I always love seeing what you’re up to on here! This chest is beautiful! I have a few pieces of furniture that my husband has now given me “permission” to paint. (They belonged to his family.) I’m so excited, but I don’t even know how to begin picking colors. Any advice when trying to choose the right color? I’m thinking of trying milk paint for the first time. Do you just have samples on hand, or do you order swatches of some kind? Thanks!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Thanks for your kind words Crissy!! And yay for getting the thumbs up from you hubby! As for colors, pick an accent color in the room you will use the piece in. I do not sell milk paint personally but I know of a couple of online vendors that do. They can send you pamphlets with colors or you can look online at the Miss Mustard Seed website. I will message you over on IG with the small biz accounts who offer the paint! Thanks for stopping by and keep me updated on your project!

  4. How could you paint that lovely box
    Sorry I am very old-fashioned and I go for restoration if possible.

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Thanks for stopping by for this post Hilary! This piece was a custom job for one of our clients. She was not a fan of the 1980’s style with the decal and wanted brought into today’s current style. Our client loved the results and is enjoying the hope chest in her home 🙂