Chablis and I have slowly amassed quite the varied collection of furniture that we wanted to refinish. We've been hitting garage and yard sales all summer and our garage is overflowing. Crammed to the rafters with so much furniture in fact, that Louie finally told me that we had better start working on some of this stuff and get it out of there. I gave him the sad face and before I knew it, a new storage shed was erected in the yard and all the furniture was moved out of the garage. Chablis and I staged everything out in the yard to decide what we wanted to start on first. Let me tell you - there is a lot
With the weather forecast calling for a few days of cool temperatures and sunny skies, we decided to tackle a couple of projects this week. We decided that the 2 cedar chests were first on the list to be done, because we could easily store other stuff inside them once they were finished. Smart idea, huh?
I decided to tackle this Lane Cedar Hope Chest. Other than being severely scratched and badly water stained, it was in really good shape. All the wood was sturdy and intact. I gave it a good sanding down and also removed and cleaned the hardware handles.
finagled negotiated a really good price on this antique cedar chest and she couldn't wait to start on it. This one was in really bad shape. It had several cracks in the wood, missing moldings, rusty hardware and really dirty all over.
Since we had the sander out, we decided to sand down several other projects right away as well. After all, if everything was going to get saw-dusty, we might as well get that out of the way...
After the sanding we gave everything a good vacuuming and a thorough wash down...
My son had also just asked me to find him a small dresser for his room. I picked up this one for free!
He didn't care for the wood finish, so I sanded it down and then he asked me to paint it dark brown. If you look closely in the background you can see my new shed that is still crammed with lots more stuff to work on....
Here's his finished dresser. Plain, I know, but it was exactly what he wanted....
Here's what the finished Lane Cedar Chest looks like. Based on the serial number stamped on the bottom, I think it was made in October of 1974. I don't know what I'm going to do with it yet but it sure is beautiful!
** I wanted to add this after- the- fact discovery. I contacted Lane Furniture and asked about background information on this chest. I got an almost immediate response: " It was from the CACHE collection by Lane. Mounted on Hidden casters and made out of
Oak veneers and had a dark oak finish. It was also identified as being made in 1974." I'd like to thank Susan B. over at Lane for helping me find the correct information on my chest. I'd also like to highly recommend the Lane Company - they go above and beyond for their customers! **
Chablis was thrilled with how her Cedar Chest turned out. She put a ton of work into it. She had to repair a crack in the bottom, removed a lot of the crappy trim and really cleaned up the hardware. Then she stained it. I love the color and the natural dents and dings. It has a lot of character. She said she's definitely keeping hers.
The original hardware looks amazing!
We got railroaded by rain the last 2 days so our projects got put on hold. We have lots more to finish up before winter hits and it's too cold to work outside any more. Unless I give my husband the stink eye and worm another shed out of him to work in. Hmmmm.........
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