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Barn Door-Inspired Painted Chest (DIY Tutorial)

Barn Door Inspired Chest at Mom 4 RealHey, hey TT&J readers! It’s Jessica from Mom 4 Real, and I am so excited to be here!

I’ve been working on sprucing up my living room a bit this Summer. I wanted to insert a little more color into my decor. I have a crazy love for aqua, and have recently been bitten by the the yellow bug as well, so these are the colors I decided to use in my gallery wall. There was one problem though…as much as I was loving my colorful gallery wall, I did not love the chest below it. So, I decided to spruce it up a bit!

Barn Door Inspired Chest BeforeSome of you may think it’s pretty as is, but I just didn’t love it. I wanted something with a little more color. I wish you could see the picture of this chest before I painted it white years ago. It was horribly scratched and dark brown. For years, we kindly referred to it as the coffin. I know that sounds morbid, but it was truly awful. The inside is amazing, and the perfect place to store our family scrapbooks and keepsakes, but it can be cute too, right?

Here’s how I made it:

Barn Door Inspired Chest TapedI thought about stenciling it, but decided to go with a barn door look instead, I am a Kentucky girl after all!

I simply taped around the tops and sides using Frog Tape, then taped an X on each side, making sure they were centered.

Barn Door Inspired Chest PaintedNext, I painted over the tape. I painted two coats.

Barn Door Inspired Chest Side ViewI love the way it turned out! Just the right amount of color for me.

Barn Door Inspired Chest AfterAnd, it ties my little gallery wall together!

I just love taking something old and giving it a new look!

Thank you so much for having me!!!

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Jessica! What a clever idea.

I love it and I think it looks so great in your home!

Here are some other great ideas from Mom 4 Real:

glinda planter and printable

I love this planter Jessica made inspired by the new Oz movie – and she’s sharing a free chalkboard printable too!

today freezer paper stencil pillowCan you believe that Jessica made this pillow using freezer paper? Awesome! Today is the Day for Being Awesome

fourth of july water bottle printablesAnd be sure to print off these free Fourth of July Water Bottle Printables that Jessica made!

You can find even more great ideas over at Mom 4 Real – you’ll love it! 

Have a Wonderful Day!


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  1. I love the makeover!! I have a chest just like this one that is a family keepsake, however mine is still that scratched up dark brown. I’ve been wanting to paint it and make it a little more cute and less like a giant box. This is such a great idea and inspired me to get to work on making over mine! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. I love it Jess!! I love all kinds of blue, especially aqua! You did a fab job with this chest!

  3. Is that a Lane cedar chest? I have one that looks almost exactly like it that belonged to my grandmother. She had it painted antique avocado green to match a bedroom suite. I’ve stripped the paint (mostly) and got stuck with …what do I do with it now? Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. LOVE how this turned out Jessica!! It’s perfect. Your gallery wall is awesome too! Pinning.
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  5. Very cute! I love the look and the color. I also LOVE your lampshade!


  6. That chest turned out great! I have a white chest that’s been sitting in my bedroom for a year because I just can’t decide what to do with it! Love the pop of color on this one!

  7. Your design looks perfect! I love aqua too and that particular shade is beautiful. Thanks for sharing details and showing such great photos!

  8. The pattern is perfect for the white chest. It really pulls the whole vignette together. (And I love the color combos, too!)

  9. That turned out great! Love the punch of color and interest it added. It’s fun and bold and just right :)
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