If I remember correctly, the box I am featuring in today’s 31 Days of Flipping Out was a promotional tool way back when.

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I believe I remember my mom telling me that these boxes were replicas of the Lane Hope Chest that was sold to young girls back in the 40’s or 50’s. The salesman would use these to demonstrate the quality of the chest construction. A hope chest was part of most girls’ bedroom furnishings. It was the place where all things were stored for her future marriage. There will be a future post all about the “hope” chest.

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I’ve had one of these boxes for a long time, but this one was purchased for $3 at a local thrift store. I wanted to try another “leafing” project. So I’m “hoping” you like this.

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I used the Metal Flakes in the tri-color, gold, silver and copper.

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I taped off the places that I didn’t want to apply the metal leaf and sprayed with metal leaf adhesive.

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Then I applied the leafing with a small brush (above picture) until I had it like I liked it.

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31 Days of Flipping Out

I love the results and plan to use this in a dark bookcase where it will “shine.” These type boxes are great to use to raise items a little higher, as accents themselves and of course to store treasures that you hope will be part of your future. It is my humble opinion, that these would be a great way to present a future fiancĂ© with her engagement ring. How would you use a Lane Box?