I found this chest in the last hard rubbish throw out. Much to my husband's dismay I am one of those people who loves to make treasures out of other people's trash. It's hereditary. I won't go into how many projects my mum has on the go!
I brought this home under the cover of darkness and secreted it away until I had time to do something with it. I forgot to take a before photo of the whole thing so you'll just have to imagine it from the pic of the lid corner when I was part way through sanding it back. I have removed the rusty hinges and have decided to have the lid fully removable by nailing a strip inside the back edge of the opening so the lid sits in place quite neatly.
After a couple of undercoats using leftover house paint I sprayed the top coat in off white gloss, then attempted my first bit of upholstery with the lid. First making a pad and stapling it in place, then sewing a pocket to slide the whole lid into. I've just folded in the ends of the fabric and only have to tack the opening closed to complete the job.
It was going to be a toybox but is now collecting shoes due to its location near the back door. A great place to sit!