How to Decorate an Amish Storage Chest

Handcrafted storage chests are not only visually appealing, but very durable. These types of chests are built to withstand many generations. Each rustic wooden chest is unique, but many of them look similar. Here are some ideas on how to transform the décor of your storage chest to spruce up your home and to reflect your personality.

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First, you should decide if you would like to maintain a common theme throughout the room. This will give you some direction on the route you wish to go when refurbishing your storage chest. If you are going for a rustic look to reflect a down-home, lodge-like feel, then perhaps you may want to distress the look of the trunk.

You can do this easily by purchasing some sandpaper at your local hardware store and “roughing” up the edges of the trunk. Keep in mind; it is better to sand too little at first than it is to sand too much! You can always go back and sand some more but you cannot undo  what has already been done. To create an even more rustic look, purchase some antique stain and paint over the sanded areas. Wipe off excess stain almost immediately with a soft cloth to obtain a deep, aged appearance.

If you are going for a more “finished” appearance to complement the style of your home, you may want to visit a craft store and purchase a specialized finish kit. These kits and stains allow you to refurbish your storage chest to appear as if they are marble, granite and even metallic. These kits are easy to use and include step-by-step directions. A storage chest with some gold leafing would be a wonderful addition to any room, leaving your guests wondering where you found such a beautiful chest!