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80 Year Old Cedar Chest Makover: Guest Remodel

17 July 2010

Joy at Thrifty Parsonage Living has saved an old cedar chest and gave it some good old TLC. 

I had the wonderful privilege of inheriting my grandmother's 80 year old cedar chest.
It came to me in very poor condition. There was a leg broken off, hinges disconnected, veneer chipped and missing and part of the trim molding was missing.
My husband thought it was beyond repair; and maybe the dump was the best place for it. I'm a very sentimental person and said "but it was grandma's!"
It sat in my husband's shop for quite some time, but then one day I was surprised and delighted to find my husband (who's very good at restoring and building furniture) busy working on the chest. I don't have a photo of it at it's worst, but here are a few of the chest in the restoration process.

The veneer was in such bad shape we decided simply to remove it altogether.

We then sanded the cedar wood followed by 3 coats of Valspar black satin paint.
Here it is all finished sitting pretty in my living room.

What do you think of my transformation?

I love that she saved this cedar chest and fixed it up.  Great job.  I love cedar chests.  Don't you?


Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living July 17, 2010 at 1:03 PM  

Thanks so much for choosing me for your guest post! I'm so honored to be featured! Thank you for your great link parties. They're the greatest. I love seeing everyone's creative ideas!
Joy @ thriftyparsonageliving

Miranda July 17, 2010 at 4:43 PM  

It looks great!! I especially love the detail of the feet on it. Lovely job.

theoldboathouse July 17, 2010 at 7:25 PM  

Lovely that they have restored the chest and can continue to have this wonderful piece in their home....cedar chests are hard to find these days so they are doubly lucky, I love the warmth and colour of cedar, cheers katherine

Stephanie July 17, 2010 at 8:32 PM  

I'm so glad they turned what could've been trash into such a glorious piece of treasure!

Alpha November 7, 2010 at 5:22 AM  

Thanks for sharing this useful information with all of us.Keep sharing more in the future.
Have a nice time ahead.

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