drawer. Saturday , July 01st , 2017 - 10:12:36 AM
Shaker Style furniture and hope chests are perceived by many to have a unique simple beauty in their design element. This is interesting since the Shaker community condemns creating beauty as a predetermined result.
Cedar is a wood type which has gained great popularity for the creating of hope chests in more recent times. Cedar is a wood with a huge variance in color, going from a light tan to a brownish red. This gives furniture pieces a 'comfortable' look. Of course the wonderful smell of cedar is also an added attraction. Many wood workers choose to line their hope chests with a thin layer of Cedar, or at least add a layer to the bottoms. The wonderful cedar smell can be rejuvenated by gentle sanding with 200 grit sand paper.
Storage space is at a premium in most homes, and often residents are looking for storage facilities that will not look out of place in a room, yet managing to enclose within them many items which need to be put away. Storage trunks and chests are perennial favourites among families, since they look good and are very versatile. A beautiful wooden storage chest in the living room can also become an improvised sitting place, with bolsters and cushions and a matching throw cover on it. A light colour storage chest can brighten up any dark room, and an antique look storage trunk with brass handles and locks can become the focal point of a simple room.
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