I love chest/ boxes I have quite a collection. I think it has to do with being a gather type person who also has to organize stuff anyway. my husband made boxes for our grand kids one Christmas and each year we write a storey from our life and put it in the box for them. easy way to leave a legacy. So I thought how wonderful to paint it and hook, quilt applique or cross needle the lid it would be you on the outside as well as on the inside.
This is the box unfinished. I stained the whole box inside and out then I took Vaseline and dabbed on the corners and sides both in and out.