Euanthe Alya. drawer. August 22nd , 2017.
Master wood craftsmen, usually known as cabinet makers, during the Early America Era, created blanket chests with very intricate designs. Beautifully crafted inlay design patterns on blanket chests was one of the sophisticated style choices.
The painted designs on some of these Hope Chests are very elaborate which has enabled historians to be able to categorize them by region and to recognize specific craftsmen. These Dower Chest designs included the use of inlaid leaf and flower motifs, unicorns, hearts, birds, hex designs to ward off evil spirits, flower designs mainly of roses or tulips, the name of the girl receiving the Hope Chest and the date that the Hope Chest was presented.
Hope chest furniture can be used as coffee tables, side boards, entryway sideboards, end tables, buffet tables and as an extra cozy seating area. The extra storage that they provide is a plus since many people reside in smaller living areas than what they would prefer. Added to their ability to double as a storage unit along the top area used as a much needed space, blanket chests give every home warmth and a welcoming atmosphere with styling dating back to the 1700's and 1800's. This 'ageless' styling in a huge reason that blanket storage chests retain their standing as one of the most favored types of furniture.
Dont use soap (detergent) and water, because wood must not get wet. You should wash all the surfaces in order to remove as much grime as possible. - The next step is to apply a primer. It is important to select a good one. Try to buy one that says no sanding is needed. A cheap primer may not adhere properly even if you sand slightly.If you use a cheap primer,allowe it to dry overnight. Whatever primer you use,it is better to gently sand the surface, to create a smooth surface to apply paint onto.
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