Lane Cedar Chest Makeover ~ Part 1

by Deena · 6 comments

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lane cedar chestAll of my pants are housed in this Lane cedar chest. It’s full. My fat pants, skinny pants and everything in between pants are piled so high I have to sit on the lid to get it completely latched. And OK, there are more fat pants than skinny ones…but you never know if those little guys might be needed again…so I keep ‘em. I live in a dream world…and I like it here.

I’ve been meaning to tackle this project for quite some time…a year…or more. This Lane cedar chest was originally laminate, “blonde“…ugly enough as it was, but then I managed to make it even more hideous by crackle painting it…in the same blondie color over a dark brown. What was I thinking???

The inside is cedar…of course. Even I…the brush toting, crazy woman…have painting boundaries and would never befoul the inside of a cedar chest!

lane cedar chestFirst, I spray painted the hardware with a pewter/hammer finish. The hardware was originally some sort of fake brass…another feature I didn’t mind painting over the first time around.

I didn’t even bother removing the handles before painting ‘em. Too lazy…

lane cedar chestI hardly ever use painter’s tape…takes too much time and I’m impatient. So, I dipped a small artists brush in my favorite “Antique White” paint and carefully outlined each piece. Trust me, it was faster than taping everything!

lane cedar chestAbove is the chest after the first coat of interior, semi-gloss “Antique White” paint has dried.

lane cedar chestAnd there’s the second coat. Nice! This finish is much more true to my inner style…and makes me happy.

lane cedar chestI love the hammered finish of this spray paint on the handles. And the crackles, drips and dings that are showing through the white paint are yummy…to me.

lane cedar chestMore crackled texture…just my thing!

lane cedar chestI brushed lightly over this “seam” in the wood drawer to keep the brown paint showing…I really like that.

lane cedar chestThrow some junk on it and there ya go!

More finished Lane cedar chest photos in Part 2!


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