I love a nice cedar chest at the end of a bed. I'm a huge fan of the look and the functionality. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I came across this Lane Chest at my local Goodwill.
Here's how the chest looked before:
It was covered in scratches, paint splatters and all kinds of sticky goo.
I got started by sanding down the top. I wanted to stain the top because the wood was in pretty good condition. As with many of these older pieces, the piece was veneer over hardwood, which meant I had to be careful not to over sand.
I stained the top in my favorite dark walnut stain and sealed it with soft dark wax.
Next, I painted the body of the chest in Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan in Louis Blue, then Paris Grey. I sealed the paint with soft clear and dark wax, then distressed the piece a bit.
The last step was to add some character. I bought a wood plaque at Hobby Lobby as well as a small wood embellishment. I stained them both with dark walnut stain, then the Louis Blue and Paris Grey Chalk Paint™. Lastly I sealed the pieces with wax and attached them using Liquid Nails.
It was just what the chest needed to give it a bit of flair.
Here it is finished:
I love the depth this piece has now!
I had a lot of fun giving this piece a new lease on life. It's going to a new home, where it will be loved for many years to come.
Do you love a chest at the end of a bed? Do you have one in your bedroom? I'd love to hear from you!
Thank you for reading!