My mom gave me this hope chest when I got married. It was hers before she got married. It is great for extra storage, but as you can see, it was needing a facelift.
The top was the worst, you can see the finish is so worn. At one point a couple years ago, one of my kids (I don't remember which one) had gotten a green marker and traced their handprint on the top. Of course when I first saw it, I was upset, but I never washed it off, thinking that one day I would see it and remember how small the kids once were. Sadly, it has worn away and no longer there. So now I was free to paint or recover it without regret of that little memory.