Years ago I bought a small chest. Although I liked it and used it in my living room, I was willing to donate it to the cause of the teenage room redo. It needed that industrial vintage look we are going for. I like the chests at Restoration Hardware that are very expensive so I thought I would simulate that look.
Here’s my version.
It seems a bit more silver in the photos because the light reflects off of it.
Here is the before.
I liked the leather edges and strap and the brass latch. I taped them off so that part wouldn’t get spray painted. I wiped Vaseline onto the curved parts of the latch so the paint wouldn’t stick to it. It worked like a charm.
It was really bright after I sprayed it with the aluminum paint.
The black glaze I used on the blocks helped tone it down.
It might not be exactly like the Restoration Hardware boxes, but it does look metal and paint definitely transformed the chest.
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