Sunday, February 5, 2012

Another Cedar Chest

One of my sisters lives about 45 minutes away from me.  It’s not too far…except that it’s TOO FAR too much of the time!  We both like to watch the on-line classified ads, and the funny thing is that everything I want seems to be near her, and everything SHE wants seems to be near me!
Anyway, my sister loves cedar chests as much (if not more) than I do!  Last summer I finished this one for her:
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She is an amazing seamstress, and she needed somewhere to store her vast collection of fabric.
The hunt didn’t end there…next there was this one which she wanted to have refinished for her oldest daughter.
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I painted the base in a soft gray “oops” paint that I transformed into homemade chalk paint.
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I used a black glaze to highlight the pretty moldings…
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…and I painted the handles with oil-rubbed bronze spray paint.
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I used “ebony” Minwax stain (for the first time) on the top of the chest, and I really liked it!  I think it took three coats to get the color as dark as I wanted, but I like that you can still see the wood grain through it.
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The bottom drawer had originally been felt-lined, but the felt had—shall we say—“decomposed” over time!  I sanded out the fuzzy remains, and then lined the drawer with a fun pink fabric (I used Mod Podge under and over the fabric to seal it in there).  I think it is my favorite feature of the whole chest!
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Just yesterday I picked up another cedar chest for my other niece…so I need to get motivated to paint some more furniture!
…and…the weather needs to warm up!
Unfortunately (but predictably), the groundhog saw his shadow, so there’s six more weeks of winter for Utah!
Linking up here:
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My Simple Home Life’s Simple Creations Friday Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Feature Friday
Funky Junk’s Saturday Night Special The DIY Show Off
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Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

That doesn't even look like the same piece Korrie! And what wonderful storage! Nicely done, as always!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great looking pieces, Korrie! They both look they hold a lot for storage.

Anne said...

Fabulous work! That grey is amazing & I totally love the first one you showed.


Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

You do amazing work. Your sister is lucky to have you. I am thinking you need a wider blog for bigger pics because your transformations are awesome and need to be seen as big as possible!!!!!!!!!!

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

Always amazing what you and paint can do. The second chest doesn't even look like the same chest. I agree w/ Tracy, you should make your right side bar narrower so your pics will show up bigger. As if I'm some sort of blogging guru, ha! I just changed mine up and made a collage that is so in your face. I'll figure out how to fix that someday. Beautiful change ups as always :)

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

This turned out great! I love the natural wood top and white bottom. I need to try making my own chalk paint- it looks really cool!

oops! said...

Your amazing! The cedar chests have such character and the paint really brings it out! xoxo

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

So Beautiful. I Love both of the cedar chests and how you transformed them.

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...


Full Circle Creations said...

Looks great! I love the ebony stain. I have used it several times and am always happy with how it turns out.


Paulette said...

I was I had your knack for refinishing furniture. Beautiful

ImSoVintage said...

I could definitely use one of these pretties to store my fabrics.

pendy said...

Love the idea of mod podging (that IS a verb, right?) fabric for a drawer liner. On my way to Pin it!

Gypsy Heart said...

Beautiful! I love the color ~ and the glaze. You are just so talented.


Gypsy Heart said...

Beautiful! I love the color ~ and the glaze. You are just so talented.


Karyn said...

Really beautiful. I love the dark ebony stain, I've been scared to use it but, it looks so good....I'll try it in April when it gets warm enough here in Alberta to paint outside.

Ali Richardson said...

Beautiful!! I love all the detail in that chest. Well done :)

Garden of Egan said...

That is gorgeous! You are so incredibly talented!
How long did that take you?

Kristin said...

Oh Korrie this is gorgeous! Your niece is a lucky girl. :)

Thanks for linking up at A Simply Klassic Home!

Doris said...

Beautiful furniture! ...and regardless of what the cursed groundhog does, there will always still be six weeks of winter here in Utah!

Rachel said...

How can there be six more months of winter when we've not HAD winter yet??? :D

I love the fabric! That is my favorite part too! I'm a bit crazy in the head but it would be fun to have a different fabric (coordinating of course :D ) in each drawer. Kind of a little surprise. Magical.

The Painted Parlor said...

i know what you mean about always finding something you love but it's in your sister's neck of the woods. my sister lives in mapleton. i find so much stuff i want around there!! she's been so kind to pick up a few pieces for me. your chest is another beautiful piece!!

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

This is so pretty, Korrie. I've used the ebony stain before and like it.

bj said...

These are beautiful chests. I have one that my parents gave me on my 15th birthday and it is sooo ugly. No pretties on it at all. Come summer time, I may pull it out of the closet, find some pretty wooden appliques and paint it a French Gray. hmmmmmmm....sounds like a plan to me.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i just love the details on this one- so unique and kind of even modern, too!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh these turned out great! You did such a beautiful job on them.

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

That pink fabric is perfect! I love what you've done with that chest. Perfect for a young girl. :)

3creativechics said...

You do such beautiful work. I can only hope to be as good as you someday. Love your blog.

creativeDIYgal said...

I love both of these, great job!!

gail said...

Ohh how I wish I could paint like you! You are so talented. :)
I just built a bench and I'd love to get this look!
great job Korrie. Thanks for sharing @ catch as catch can!

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

So beautiful--it really shows off the detail!