Friday, September 17, 2010

I cheated on my diet!

I have been trying so hard to be good...but a trip to DI last Saturday ruined my furniture diet! And it's all my daughter's fault... I wasn't actually going to go inside, except she wanted me to look for something specific for her!

And no, I didn't find what she wanted!

But I found something for ME!!

Yes, it's a cedar chest. I have a well-known weakness for cedar chests (shown here , plus there's one that hasn't been shown!)


It was in reasonably good shape, although there was some water damage on the top.


The paneling on the sides of the faux drawers could pass for beadboard, although there were weird circular indentations at the top and bottom of each panel. I filled those in with wood filler, as well as the holes from the original (ugly) hardware.


The top I sanded down to bare wood so it could be re-stained. The base just got lightly sanded, then primed.

And now its all prettified! I re-stained the top with Minwax Dark Walnut.

The base I painted with Sherwin Williams Creamy, then I used the Dark Walnut stain to give it a little character.

I replaced the handles with oil-rubbed bronze bin pulls.

I think it looks a little "Pottery Barn"-ish. It's going home to a young woman who just got married, so she has a place to store her wedding memorabilia! I couldn't think of a better use for it!

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14 comments:

Suzanne@thriftstoredecorjunky said...

Oh! This is wonderful! I now want one as a hope chest for my 10 year old...

decor4poor@blogspot.com said...

I wish I could find something like that at Goodwill, or garage saleing. You are so lucky. How much was it?

Green Willow Pond said...

Good eye! The before was pretty boring and uninspiring...but you were inspired and now it looks fabulous!

Rachel said...

What a fabulous wedding gift! You did a great job. As usual. :D

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

Nicely done....love the transformation. Isn't it crazy what a little paint, patience and imagination can do?

Maggie said...

That is fabulous - I absolutely love it.

Handbags*N*Pigtails said...

HELLO! thats fabulous! My mom has a very similar, dated cedar chest and Im going to show this to her. It brought it up to date:) Love it.
Sarah
HandbagsnPigtails.blogspot.com

Courtney said...

WOW! Nicely done. That transformation is unbelievable. I love a great furniture redo!!!

oops! said...

Your so funny! I can't bring any more home from the DI, until I finish what I have! But, Oh how I love this chedar chest! It is beautiful!!!! Good Job!

Bekki said...

Oh it's lovely. It's always fun to see what a little love can do to a piece. Hmmm perhaps I should paint mine... :)

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

What a great make-over! This is one of the prettiest trunks I've ever seen!

Leah said...

I love it! So beautiful.

Sherry from Alabama said...

I'm so glad you posted this. I have a Lane cedar chest that I bought with my high school graduation money waaaay back in 1977. It too has a little damage on top (couldn't be because it's been stored in our shed for 15 years). Anyway, I've thought of painting it and wondered how it would look. After seeing yours, I think I may just pull it out and try it. Thanks for the inspiration I needed!

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

Anna See said...

This looks spectacular! Great job and thank for explaining what products you used!