Hey creative friend! If the price is right, you know I’m gonna grab it no matter the condition! I knew this DIY cedar chest makeover would be a challenge, but it turns out it was easier than I expected. Let’s get creative and DO this!
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Before – Lane Cedar Chest Makeover
It was a hot mess but no different from any other piece that finds its way into the back of my Jeep. I have a thing for old and neglected furniture (if you don’t know by now ), and this one fits the bill… that’s for sure. And did I mention it was a Lane Cedar Chest? If you come across these, they are worth the investment. I paid $40 for this one.
It had been painted prior… some time ago, from what I could gather. Old trim and some of the veneer were in bad shape, too, and I wasn’t crazy about the whole leg situation.
So, with a hammer, paint scraper, and a little elbow grease, I managed to strip this vintage cedar chest down and was left with an empty cedar box. That’s a blank canvas for me to be creative.
- an old cedar chest
- Surfprep Sanding System (Use my discount CODE DOIT10 to save10% when purchasing)
- wood trim 1×1/8 inch pine strips
- wood glue
- shellac (to seal the wood trim from bleeding wood tannins)
- Silk All-In-One Paint CONCH (a gorgeous pale pink)
- Extra Coat
- gold furniture legs (these are 6 inch)
Adding A Creative DIY Modern Design
Aright! Here we go! Here’s how I updated the old chest.
I used 1 1/8 inch wood trim to create a modern design all across the front of the cedar chest. I followed the lines that were already across the front.
Cutting each piece to fit the pattern I had in my head. No, I don’t sit down and draw these designs out ahead of time. I’m not that smart or organized. I go with the flow. I’m sorry if you’re disappointed. LOL
Each piece was attached with wood glue and secured with a pin nailer.
I seriously had no plan, and after I had completed the look I wanted, I noticed the sharp wood edges of the trim. Hindsight is always 20/20, and I should have cut the ends at an angle before attaching them.
To get around that issue, I used my Surfprep 3X4 Electric Ray Sander to round the edges to where they flowed seamlessly with the cedar chest.
Sealing The New Wood Trim – Blocking Wood Tannins
Before the next step… painting, of course, I used a stain blocker to prevent the wood tannins from bleeding through my paint. DO NOT miss this step because it will bleed through. Use 2 coats of Shellac to seal the trim before painting.
Cedar Chest Makeover With Paint
Finally, my favorite part! I choose a lovely shade of pink CONCH from the Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint line by Dixie Belle Paint Company for the paint.
After Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint On The Cedar Chest Makeover
How about this before and after cedar chest makeover!? I bet you’re telling yourself I shouldn’t have passed up that janky old piece last week. Am I right?
I’ve learned to go with my intuition over the years, and it usually doesn’t fail me.
Well, now you have some ideas on how to repurpose them into modern showpieces. Are you up for a challenge? I can see this design on the front of a dresser too.
Let me know what you think of this idea? Is this something you can incorporate with your furniture makeovers? I’d love to hear from you. Comment below or just let me know you were here. Oh, and don’t forget to pin and share. You’re the best! 😘
Until the next project… xo, Do