Renewed Cedar Chest

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This is such a super fast and easy project to do to help update some of those outdated pieces you may have stored away… I would totally buy this now and put it at the foot of my bed for extra blanket and pillow storage, it’s just perfect!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 Smile

Until next time…

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Miss Mustard Seed


  1. 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.


  2. 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..


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