I love the smell of cedar. It reminds me of our trips up to Indian River when I was a little girl. The aroma of cedar from all the hand carved treasures filled the air in the local shops.
So when I ran across a cedar chest recently, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to breath new life back into it. The chest was in rough shape when I found it, but I knew it would make a cool coffee table or unique wedding gift for someone so I forked out a large chunk of cash and hauled it home.
I sanded off all the scratches and marks on the top revealing the beautiful wood grain of the cedar.
Look at the difference after applying CeCe Caldwell’s Light Aging Wax (Left has been waxed, right hasn’t). I love the richness the color gives it.
I painted the rest of it with CeCe Caldwell’s Alaskan Tundra. This color looks amazing on furniture! You can see the raw color of the paint after it has dried on the right. On the left-hand side, I have started applying the wax which makes the paint look wet until the wax dries.
I wanted the finish of this to reflect a piece of the past so I feathered in light and dark aging waxes over the clear wax to give it a weathered appearance. I also added a carved wooden embellishment as the icing on the cake.
The copper hardware had seen better days, so I gave them a little TLC. Did I take a picture afterwards???? nooo. Sorry, I forgot. I’ll snap one next time I’m at the store – if I remember ~
I gave the inside a light sanding and a fresh coat of oil.
A light distressing around the edges and she was finished.
Yes those are hay bales in the background. Does wonders for my allergies – lol! And yes, I use my extra CeCe cans as lifts and levels while I paint – what can I say, the recycled cans are good for so many purposes. School teachers love them!!
This chest was just dropped off to my Shizzle Design space at Not So Shabby in downtown Zeeland. I also just received a large supply of CeCe Caldwell’s new paint colors including: California Gold, Johnston Daffodil, Traverse City Cherry, Cinco Bayou Moss, Portland Rose, Kentucky Mint, Pinkerington Violet, Texas Prairie, Mississippi Mud. Check them out and or order them online here.