Painted Cedar Chest

We inherited this wonderful cedar chest from my great aunt.  It was a fabulous size!  Here is what it looked like when we got it:

Here is what we did to it {not sure what was going on with my camera—sorry for the grainy pictures}:

It looks great in our home office.  There are so many ways to paint furniture.  For this particular project we left the inside untouched.  The benefit of the cedar is great for storing linens, etc.  For the outside this is what we did:

1. Painted the solid in acrylic paint.  {If I had to do it over again I would use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint–just discovered it!} For this project I just used two light coats—I wanted it to look worn and to get chipped easily.

2.  Went back with two complimentary colors and painted designs…..stripes, circles, etc.

3.  Used black paint for an accent for the feet and to paint checkerboard on the handles. {Checkerboard just adds to anything!}

4.  With a fine grade of sand paper I sanded edges and corners just a bit.

I didn’t polyurethane this piece, or seal it in any way—-I wanted it to get a bit beat up over time.  If you want more of a finished, formal piece you would want to paint two thick coats for the solid color to make it opaque–and then seal your piece in some way to guard against wear and tear. {Polyurethane, clear coat acrylic, etc.}

We paint everything here at the cottage!  All of our countertops are painted {I’ll post about that later}.  In the past I have painted TV’s, fridges, bathroom tile—you name it, you can paint it!

You can check out the room that this project came from here!

What have you painted lately?

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14 thoughts on “Painted Cedar Chest

  1. Oh my! I’m kicking myself after seeing your chest redo because earlier this week I saw one on Craigslist and didn’t get it. Going back to see if it is still available. Yours looks so good. Thanks for sharing!

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