Ok… So we had to drive 50 miles to get this chest, but I would say it was worth it! Plus it was a nice, scenic drive up to Cumberland County (Virginia)… Here it is in all it’s BEFORE glory!! Looks cool huh??
The chest is an authentic Lane cedar chest, made right here in Virginia, with original 1971 certificate and key! It has a gorgeous (uh..uh.., nope) black naugahyde covered cushion on top that had been chewed up a little on one corner, brass 70’s casters and the moldings were actually plastic?.. But it DID NOT smell like moth balls (which for some reason a lot of them do) and it was the perfect size to use at the foot of the bed.
I first removed the casters and installed some wooden bun feet. I removed the top cushion, to get to the staples that held the naugahyde in place, and removed the naugahyde. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the foam was in great shape.. score! I sprayed the chest with a primer and then a couple of coats of Rust-Oleum’s Heirloom White. The top cushion I covered in some French script fabric & coordinating custom piping… it’s not perfect but it’s pretty good. I love having this chest at the foot of the bed… I haven’t put anything in it yet, but it is perfect for putting the extra pillows from the bed on top of it… I always keep an eye out for these types of chests because I had so many people ask to buy this one before I moved it into the bedroom.. “so sorry” I would have to say.. “but this one is not for sale”… it was uniquely MINE!
What do you think? Does the fact that there is plastic molding on it turn you off? Would you have left it on or removed it or not even purchased this piece? Love to hear your thoughts ’cause I have another “keeper” piece that has a similar problem and I’m hmm’ing and haw’ing about it….