Shabbilicious vintage treasure chest

When I’m creating I often get caught up on a theme. . . as was the case last week when I spent several days making an assortment of pretty white things. . . all with a vintage look and adorned with pale pink roses.

This ‘largish’ paper mache treasure chest has been hanging around the studio for awhile now. I hadn’t made up my mind quite what to do with it until I started playing around with some graphics from The Graphics Fairy in Photoshop. I used this rose design from The Graphics Fairy as my main graphic, plus some other vintage journal sheets I had in my stash to create some pretty printable papers. I knew they were exactly what I needed for my treasure chest.

I painted the chest an antique white and distressed some of the paint work on the edges for a timeworn look.

I cut the printed sheets to size and applied them to the chest using Mod Podge.

A wash of some watery brown paint was then added over the graphics to give a more authentic vintage feel to the treasure chest, before it was sealed.

A plaited rope made from ripped strips of fabric was used as handles. . . and some pale pink ribbon and a vintage lock were used to finish her off.

Even that back of the chest is pretty, so perfect to have on display for viewing from all sides.

For inside the treasure chest I made a set of pretty lace/ribbon boards in matching papers. . .

. . .now this pretty shabby chest is perfect for holding beautiful craft supplies.

I so enjoyed these vintage look papers that I then went on to make several other projects using them. . . but I’ll show you those another day.

I’m sharing my vintage look treasure chest at Brag Monday @ The Graphics Fairy, White Wednesday @ Faded Charm, Party Time @ 36th Avenue, Creative Things Thursday @ Vintage Farmhouse, Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage, The Creative Spark @ Clean and Scentsible,

. . . plus all the lovely gals at these Link Parties during the week.

Shabbilicious hugs ~ Kerryanne


  1. Hi Kerryanne! This is sooo darling! Denise

  2. Очень красиво!!!!

  3. Gorgeous….:O)

  4. Det var nog det vackraste jag har sett.

  5. Realmente bello.
    feliz semana……

  6. This is so pretty, Kerryanne! I love the papers you used and the plate you added to the front.

  7. Шикарный сундук получился!

  8. Absolutely beautiful:-)
    I am your newest follower, greetings from Europe, Biljana

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  10. Kerryanne, this chest is absolutely gorgeous. My daughter’s fave color is pink and she would love this!!

  11. Hey Kerryanne! Oooooohh!!! What a GORGEOUS way to store your sewing goodies … and it would look so much at home in my sewing room! Tee! Hee! Hee! Thanks for sharing – Bear Hugs! KRIS

  12. Stunning…so soft & pretty. A fabulous creation Kerryanne.

    Toni xx

  13. Kerryanne,

    Again, I sit here in awe of your talent! I would move to Australia just to be able to buy your things. You have such style and I have never seen anything you have made that I haven’t loved. I wish you had a place in the states that we could buy from. Have you considered offering online classes?

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful project and all the other lovelies you make!

  14. Kerryanne,

    That is so pretty! What a great storage solution! You always have the best ideas.


  15. Kerryanne the treasure chest looks absolutely beautiful!! It has such a nice vintage feel to it.

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  16. So romantic. Live this blog, you get me so inspired to create. Thanks!

  17. Beautiful!!! I have a Blog Hop on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  18. May I ask what is inside? I have quite a few trunks and get stumped on lining them. Your project is gorgeous!

  19. Heather says:

    What did you use to seal the paper?

  20. Robert Mundy says:

    This is a really pretty piece! Do you make these for sale at all because my girlfriend would love it and it’s her 18th Birthday in a few weeks?x

  21. Beautiful xx

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