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!


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15 comments:

  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!
    xoKathleen

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    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.

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

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

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

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

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    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.

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  6. 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. :-)

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  7. 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.

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