April 3, 2012

Waterfall cedar chest

This cedar chest is my FAVORITE project so far!!!! I bought this chest at the same auction as the waterfall bed and it has been sitting in our storage shed waiting to be painted. Truthfully, I was having a hard time convincing myself that it was OK to paint over the pretty diamond detail on the front. I finally asked Troy to help me pull it out of the shed and decided that since I wasn't going to keep the table or bed for myself I should at least paint it my favorite color. So, for the third week in a row I present to you a Tiffany Blue remodel!!!!

This chest wasn't in bad shape at all and could have been sanded down and restained, but it just wasn't my style. I wanted the carved details on the lid and around the base to be the focal point.

I started this remodel by lightly sanding with 220 grit sandpaper. I filled a few gouges with wood putty and then gave everything another light sanding. After I removed all dust I used Klean-Strip liquid deglosser just as an extra precaution. Painters tape was placed on the inside lip of the chest to ensure no overspray made it's way between the thin gaps.

I will admit that I have been skipping the separate primer step lately. Instead, I've been paying a little more attention to my sanding preparation and using Olympic's One paint + primer. I have used it on several pieces and have been very pleased with the durability. I'm normally a Valspar girl, but it's so much easier to do a little extra sanding rather than cleaning my sprayer out an extra time! Lazy.......YES!! :) Once the paint was dry I lightly sanded everything super smooth and distressed the details. When I was happy with the results I gave the entire chest two coats of Minwax paste finishing wax for protection and shine.

I have this in my dining room and plan on making a few pillows so it can be used as a bench if ever needed.

Look at all of the beautiful cedar!!! Troy told me I could bring home as many cedar chests as I want, he would find a place for them :)



  1. What a beautiful piece. Great job!

    Visiting from the party at Ginger Snap Crafts!

    sara @ applestonedrive.blogspot.com

  2. I love the blue. Beautiful choice.

  3. Wow what a difference! It looks great. I love your blog i'm so glad I found it. I'm now following. I would love it if you stopped by to visit me @http://www.arosiesweethome.com/
    I host a Sunday linky party every week if you would like to come and share.

  4. This is so darling!! Hope you can link it up at my turquoise lovin' party!! (accept all other projects too) http://www.sweetlittlegals.com

  5. It looks absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing on Mauvin' Monday's link party!

  6. I always think about skipping the primer step, but I'm always afraid it will end up biting me in the butt!!! I've never tried the paints with the primer mixed in. Maybe I'll give that a try.

    Great cedar chest! love it!

    Loribeth @ small-moment-blog.blogspot.com

  7. Lovely makeover!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  8. I really really love it!<3 Thank you for sharing! Decided to pair a cabinet after seen this! Cant wait to start! Love from Norway up north in Europa ;) Lisbeth

  9. paint not pair.. lol :P

  10. Beautiful job! I also redid a cedar chest. Stop by and visit if you have a chance:)

  11. It turned out so pretty! Love a good furniture makeover!
    Thanks for linking up to Show & Share! Featuring you in tomorrow's party! :)

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