White Cedar Chest With Dark Stained Top

White Cedar Chest With Dark Stained Top
 contributed by Red Hen Home

I have been trying so hard to be good…but a trip to DI last Saturday ruined my furniture diet! And it’s all my daughter’s fault… I wasn’t actually going to go inside, except she wanted me to look for something specific for her!

And no, I didn’t find what she wanted!

But I found something for ME!!

Yes, it’s a cedar chest. I have a well-known weakness for cedar chests (shown here , plus there’s one that hasn’t been shown!)

It was in reasonably good shape, although there was some water damage on the top.

The paneling on the sides of the faux drawers could pass for beadboard, although there were weird circular indentations at the top and bottom of each panel. I filled those in with wood filler, as well as the holes from the original (ugly) hardware.

The top I sanded down to bare wood so it could be re-stained. The base just got lightly sanded, then primed.

And now its all prettified! I re-stained the top with Minwax Dark Walnut.

The base I painted with Sherwin Williams Creamy, then I used the Dark Walnut stain to give it a little character.

I replaced the handles with oil-rubbed bronze bin pulls.

I think it looks a little “Pottery Barn”-ish. It’s going home to a young woman who just got married, so she has a place to store her wedding memorabilia! I couldn’t think of a better use for it!

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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.

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  1. >I just love how the cedar chest looks! Now I want one too! 😉
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  2. >♪♪♫♪ ♪♪♫♪ ♫ Start spreading ♫ the NEWS ♫♪♪♫♪ ♪♪♫♪ It's going to be a GREAT year in 2011!! ♪♪♫♪ ♪♪♫♪

    All the best to you in the upcoming NEW year!

    xo Lynda

  3. >Oh it is beautiful! Love it so much better after the redo, and yes, very Pottery Barn-esque! Lucky young lady that is getting it.