Next you have to removed the hinges so you can take the lid off. Then I primed the whole box and lid. Dont skip this step, the primer helps your paint adhere better. As you can see, I was working on a lot of things while working on the chest lol
I painted the box white and chose to go with a striped design on the front of chest. I had a few other ideas in my head initially but they didn't quite work out. So this is how it came out after painting:
Once everything dries, attach the lid back on the chest.
Next its time make the cushion. First you have to purchase foam from your local fabric store. I got 2 inch thick foam for my cushion. Its about $30 a yard and I needed a yard. Luckily I had a 40% off coupon at Joanns. Next I measured the size I needed for the cushion and used an electric knife to cut it. You CAN NOT cut this foam with a pair of scissors so don't bother trying.
Since this was my first time making this type of cushion cover, I completely forgot to take pics of how I made the cover :( But here is how it looked once I was done! It wasn't perfect but not bad for my first time. And the great part is it can be used with or without the cushion. I also got the material for the cover from Joann's. It was $26 a yd. And the cushion cover is removable and washable.
Lastly, time to customize with the child's name. I painted letters and attached with a hot glue gun.
Walah!! All done! :) It takes some time to complete this project but its worth it for the outcome! Don't you agree? :)
And remember when I did this one for another one of my friends? This chest is a lot smaller. Its from Micheal's and was only $50 but again its wayyy smaller. But you can use a Michaels coupon to buy this so that's a steal!