Easy Lane Chest Makeover Using Embellishments

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.  

It was simple and lacked any pizazz or character, but I knew I could change that!

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!



  1. I do love a chest at the end of the bed and I've tried to put one there a few times. Unfortunately hubby is afraid of stubbing his toes on it as he walks past! Did you make the pillows? I made the exact same ones a few years ago with cloth napkins from Pier One: Blessings! I made them for Thanksgiving....the trunk looks fabulous!

    1. That sounds like my husband! And YES I did make the pillows out of the SAME napkins you did! How funny! Thank you for stopping by and it was great meeting you this weekend.

  2. This is gorgeous! I love the finish of this!

  3. I love that you added the plaque to give it some detail. It's one of the easiest ways to add a little depth!!

  4. That wood embellishment gives the chest such a nice detail. Beautiful job!

  5. What a great piece! Love your added embellishment :) Have a great week

  6. Beautiful job on this Lane Cedar Chest Melody! You definitely added loads of character to this piece - love it.

    1. Melody, look for your gorgeous Lane Chest pinned at the DIY Sunday Showcase Talent Board! Thanks for linking up at the DIY Sunday Showcase Party.

  7. Love the stained top and painted bottom. I redid a Lane chest a couple years ago and I loved it so much I had to keep it. :-)

  8. We don't have room for a chest at the end of our bed, but I would put that chest in my entryway. It is so lovely.

    Thanks for sharing on the #HomeMattersParty. I hope you will join us again next week.