A client of mine brought me this lovely cedar chest to update for her… it was a Craig’s List find and good deal! This Lane cedar chest was structurally in fabulous shape, still smelled nice inside, but the addition of the heart and vines was a little country for her taste…
Sorry about the not so perfect BEFORE shot… I was antsy to get sanding!
My client knew exactly what color she wanted… CeCe Caldwell’s Smoky Mountain… which is very pretty blue-grey color!
After lightly sanding down the decorative painting on the front, I cleaned it really good with Formula 409 and then painted it with two coats of the Smoky Mountain clay & chalk paint.
After the paint dried I lightly distressed it and applied a coat of Annie Sloan clear wax to seal the paint. The variations in the finish were really accentuated once the wax was applied… it has a great multi dimensional feel!
I let the wax sit for about 24 hours then buffed it with 0000 steel wool and then a final buff with a soft cloth… check out the sheen!
This is such a super fast and easy project to do to help update some of those outdated pieces you may have stored away… I would totally buy this now and put it at the foot of my bed for extra blanket and pillow storage, it’s just perfect!
As always thanks for stopping by… I hope you’ll come back again
Until next time…
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Miss Mustard Seed
Looks awesome, Susan!!
Looks great, love the color.
Absolutely great! The color is wonderful.
This looks great! Have you ever painted a piece using chalk spray paint? I feel it may go on smoother than painting with a brush.
I haven’t tried to spray chalk paint but usually there is quite a bit of paint loss when you spray, which is why I think most people don’t do it, but I may try it one day! Thanks so much for stopping by!
I Susan, I live in Washington State and I have the exact same Lane hope chest.. How do I sell something like this fast.. I have no need for it anymore..
I sold mine on Craig’s List, but consignment stores are also great options!
Beautiful job! What technique did you use to distress the paint?
I didn’t see how you got variations in the paint? Please advise! Thanks!
Hey Diane, this particular type of paint just did that all on its own, I did nothing special to achieve that look. I think it has to do with the paint ingredients but I’m not sure. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful!