I had a friend contact me about reviving her Mom’s old cedar chest. I knew her Mom passed away a few years ago and it was hard on her and the loss. Mom’s always hold such a dear place in a daughters heart. We learn so much from them. They teach us to cook, be a lady and they pray for us from the times we are babies to live a life that is rich and full. By God’s grace they see us reach that life. I know my friends Mom saw that in her daughter and granddaughters life.
So the opportunity to revive a family heirloom, while exciting is also a little stressful because you want to do it right. This one went right!
You really can’t find more beautiful furniture than something from the early to mid 1900’s. We couldn’t find a date on this beautiful Lane Cedar Chest. She did find an old dry cleaning flyer that had a phone number on it that only had 4 numbers and some letters! You know, the old way to dial those old rotary phones. The ones our kids just don’t understand how we ever used that thing!
My friend also has a beautiful home and really has a nice style. So she found some great inspiration photos that really helped us finalize the style she was looking for. The plan was that this chest could serve as a coffee table, TV stand or storage. We decided on black and I have my favorite Lamp Black from General Finishes that I was able to use. We wanted to stain the top dark but the veneer was peeling and it needed a bit of repair work so that didn’t happen. We were able to stain the beautiful molding around the top of the lid and it is truly the highlight and show stopper of this chest. We also did some light distressing so that the beautiful dark wood and the detailing on the front of the chest could be highlighted and we painted the back so you could look at it from all sides and be cohesive in the room.
It’s a beautiful chest and I’m sure you’ll agree.
As you can see this was a middle before photo. I didn’t get any good before photos as Bob started working on it right away! This is where we had to patch the top and sand out those scratches.
Now the beautiful afters.
I was touched by painting this peace and all the dreams you put in cedar chests. Isn’t that that cedar chests were originally designed to do? That when you got married you would go to your new home with your cedar chest, your hand made quilt and blankets and other precious things you had. I pray that all the new dreams that are in this revived chest come true, just like her Mom’s dreams did!