Thursday, November 7, 2013

PJ's for Inspiration!

When I was a little girl I always loved my mom's cedar chest.  It was always in her room or her sewing room, and as a child there was just something a little mysterious about it.  I loved seeing the things she would put in there, even if they were just fabric scraps.  I've never had one of my own (I will!), but I have such a soft spot for them.  

My client brought me this one and asked if I thought I could do something with it.  Of course!  I loved it's simple little shape and curved edges.  She wanted to use it as a toy box in her living room.  She loves rustic decor (and I peeked at her FB page (shhhh! I was doing my homework. ;) ) and saw she likes to hunt).  She also brought me a pair of her son's PJ bottoms and said she loved the colors together. 

Loved the PJ's too and used them for a little inspiration.  I wanted something fun for her kiddos, but also something that wouldn't look too childish in her living room...AND, something that had a little rustic flair! :)

I love how it all came together!!



The color is just a tad more green than the pic.

 It has such a beautiful top and I think the natural wood will endure a little better than paint! ;)

 I figured it's going to be taking a bit of abuse so I distressed the corners heavily so any "owies" will just blend right in!

I also painted the feet the same color as the graphic and stripe to tie it together. 

color = Great Falls SW

I had to smile because she told me she couldn't wait to teach her little guy how to put his toys away.  So, it's cute and gets to teach lessons! :)


  1. This is the most beautiful piece I have seen in a long while, and it is my favorite color too!

  2. This is SO creative! What a great idea!! I absolutely love your pieces and creative genius! Thanks for sharing your projects on your blog!

  3. Another beautiful makeover Lisa - just love what you did with this cedar chest!

  4. Oh my goodness that is fabulous! You did a super job on it. Love the coloring and the distressing and the moose!

  5. It's beautiful!!! I love the colors, too. I think your friend will be extremely happy with it. :-)
    His blessings,
    Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

  6. Awesome Job! I have a chest that I am hoping to transform. Thanks for the inspiration! I am a new follower...would love if you could follow back

  7. Lisa, If this is a Lane cedar chest, you can look on the bottom for the date it was made. Or look up: The old chests did not have a locking device where you could climb out if accidentally locked in (kids playing). All the newer ones do. I know you used to be able to contact Lane and give them the model number and they would send a replacement lock free.
    The chest is lovely. Kudos.

  8. I have a cedar chest very similar to this that I got for *FREE* on craigslist! I'd love to do some kind of graphic on the front like you did. Do you mind sharing how you did this? I was inspired by Sausha too and I'm still in the having fun and keeping everything I paint phase. :) You do awesome work!


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