Thursday, June 27, 2013

A Refinished Cedar Chest

I picked up this wonderful vintage cedar chest during town wide tagesale day. I've always wanted to work on one, but generally they're insanely expensive, even in a wretched non-refinished state. This on was in flawless condition structurally, just needed a new look. I sanded the entire piece and then painted the base a matte black. I stained the top and sealed it. The mahogany wood grain of the lid is wonderful. I finished the piece on all four sides so the new owner could have some options for its use, including the possibility as a coffee table. The hinge mechanisms are all copper- which is so cool, and as you can see, the piece is fully cedar lined- in fact, the backboard is a skid cedar board.
Before and afters below. This one is available so let me know if you're interested!















9 comments:

  1. I love the matte black with the wood tone!

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  2. Hello:
    I am interested in this. How much is it? I need a new coffee table and it would be a great place to store our blankets in.
    Maureen

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  3. Hi Maureen- Shoot me an email at kateaverydesign@yahoo.com and I can give you all the specs.
    Thanks!
    Kate

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  4. What a Fun Project, I have a cedar chest I need to redo! I would love you to come link up at my Paint Party going on now
    http://startathome.blogspot.com/2013/06/paint-party_26.html
    Hope to see you soon,

    brooke

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    1. Thanks Brooke! I'll link up today!

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  5. Winnie6/28/2013

    Great job - I always liked those old hope chests, but the prices were always ridiculous!!

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    1. Thanks Winnie! I know- the prices are crazy high for them normally. I was so excited to find this one for a reasonable price!

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  6. Gorgeous! I just inherited one of these! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  7. This is beautiful! Just a public service announcement, though - hope chests manufactured before 1987 have a lock that snaps shut and cannot be opened from the inside, so if a child climbs in and the door locks, the results can be fatal. If you look www.lanefurniture.com there is more information about the locks.

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