Thursday, December 5, 2013

Vintage Cedar Chest

My client came in with her hubby and asked if I would be willing to do this cedar chest for a Christmas gift for someone special.  Of course, I couldn't pass it up!  How gorgeous is it?! :) 

 She was trying to decide on a color and I had the chalkboard I was working on sitting out.  I asked her if she liked it and she said yes.  She turned to him and asked him what he thought.  He had the sweetest expression on his face and he said, "Well, it's not my thing, but I'm sure she would love it."  What a guy!!   :)

I sent Craig a picture of it and told him how excited I was to work on it.  He said, "People will be mad about the before pic ;)."  I said, "I know, but it's what she wants!"  lol  
Because I would NEVER paint such a piece. ;) ;) :) 

It's all mahogany and I was hoping it wouldn't give me problems like the last umpteen pieces I've done. She behaved nicely and I had NO issues!  Yea!!


This is after a coat of shellac, so it looks better than it did when it arrived.  It was in excellent condition though.


I decided to tone down the color of the chalkboard with a little green and I love how the new color turned out!  So gorgeous!  I've definitely decided that some/all shade(s) of blue-green is my fave color!

 I picked out all the details in a soft white and then distressed.  They just pop now--love that!

The texture of the original finish is amazing.  I did no sanding to prep it.  Just sprayed it with shellac to seal it and then painted.  When I started sanding with a fine sanding block all the texture showed through the paint and I love how it looks.

 I refinished the top with Espresso and it's so beautiful!  It's pieced together so the wood grain is running 3 different directions. 

(I needed something green so I whacked off my boxwood in the side yard.  So handy! ;) )

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  1. Saw this on FB and had to come and read about it, you did a wonderful job!

  2. Wow, look how the details pop now! Just beautiful!

  3. Holy poo on a piece of toast!!!! This is gorgeous!!!!!


  4. such a beauty!. LOVE THE COLOR AND THE STAINED TOP! i would love to feature it, if that would be ok please let me know,

  5. You made the details of this chest look beautiful. Great job!

  6. It's lovely-what a great combination. Although the original may be someone's first choice, I think it looks so much nicer painted. You really see the details. What type of paint did you use ?
    Cathy @

  7. have never seen a piece like this! bravo.

    stop by if you have a moment to see what i did to embellish the wall in my dressing room.


    hello lovely

  8. Wow it turned out beautiful! Visiting from Anything Blue Friday

    Jocelyn @

  9. o, it turned out sooo pretty. What an awesome job you did.
    I have a vintage cedar chest almost just like this one...not quite as fancy...that I received for my 15th birthday ('s OLDEN..I am about to turn 76).
    If you want to see what I am going to do with mine, there's a pic on my sidebar of my blog.
    Come on over. :)

  10. Wow! I didn't even notice the decorative edges until you painted them white. Absolutely gorgeous!

  11. Absolutely stunning! I know your client must have been over the moon happy!

  12. Saw this on MMS furniture feature Friday! Beautiful Job!!! :)

  13. AGain, just stunning! That is my favorite color too! We're blue-green blog sistahs :)

  14. Oh wow, what a fabulous makeover. I love it. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  15. This chest looks so pretty. Love the color.


  16. This is just beautiful! I'm your newest follower.

  17. So cute!! You always share the most gorgeous projects. It looks so much better now!

  18. Incredible makeover! You're the best!

  19. That looks sooo elegant. Gorgeous job!

  20. It is really stunning now Lisa! I love the details in white, and that you left the top stained. Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!


  21. So pretty! I love all the white detailing and dark top too. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

  22. That piece looks amazing! Great job. Thanks for joining our Twirl and Take a Bow Party! Hope to see you again next week!

  23. Hi Lisa,
    I saw your beautiful chest at Silver Pennies and had to come see some more! The white detailing and that mix of blue you created is so lovely. A pleasure to visit your blog.

  24. I saw this chest at Silver Pennies and I love it! I have a cute little waterfall night table is fantastic condition and I cannot decide whether to paint it, partially or all, or just refinish it. What a dilemma! Your result is encouraging and not to mention gorgeous!


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