Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Cedar Chest Re-Do

A couple of months ago I purchased a cedar chest off of someone on FB.  It was in pretty bad condition and usually I would have passed on something like this, but I really liked the shape of it.  All of the legs were loose and the hinges on the lid were broken off.  When we unloaded it from the car at home, we dropped the lid and it broke into 3 pieces.   Louie was disgusted before we even got it into the garage and I was kicking myself for buying it in the first place.  It sat in the garage for over 3 months because neither one of us wanted to even look at it.

Finally Louie told me we should start working on it or he was going to throw it out.  Well, that was all the incentive I needed because I had him put it up on my work table and we stared at it.  First we removed all the broken hardware...

Reattached and reinforced all the legs....

Refitted all the panels for the lid and attached everything.....

We installed new hardware and gave the inside of the chest a light sanding to help bring out the cedar scent.  After a quick wash down, I pulled out my favorite Zibra paint brush and mixed up a couple different shades of gray paint....

First I painted the entire chest with a pale gray and then gradually dry brushed darker shades of gray as I moved down towards the bottom of the chest....

Here's the finished chest!

For sale in the Chicago area for $ 165.00.  Dimensions are 40" x 18" x 24" tall.

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  1. You were right, beautiful lines! You have such a great eye for these things.

  2. That third image looks like an olden school desk!
    Beautiful re-do!

  3. You are very good at taking something that looks like it is ready for the landfill and turning it into a high-quality piece of furniture. You're preserving a piece of history and helping the environment!

  4. We've all been there, but good for you for not giving up! The chest is now a beautiful piece of furniture that you can admire and use. Great job!

    1. Thank you so much - I'm glad you stopped by and left a comment. :-)


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