I have wanted to refinish a piece of furniture for a while and my hope chest was the perfect candidate. Carl got me this one year for Christmas after we had dated for a while. I absolutely loved it and filled it with all kinds of wedding things. Several years ago it got damaged during the move into our home. I still used it for storage and hated to get rid of it because it was very special to me.
But, I desperately wanted a bench for the foot of my bed.
So, I used the top of my hope chest, a few dollars worth of fabric from JoAnn's
And some legs from Lowe's
I just turned the fabric upside down over the bench, pinched the corners down, and pinned with a safety pin, removed the fabric and put a few stitches in with a needle and thread
cut off the excess fabric, and just slid it back over the bench. Then screwed in the legs.
That's it. Done! I love the texture and how sheep-skin-ee this feels. And I love how super soft it is. And I still have a part of my hope chest that I love!