80 Year Old Cedar Chest Makover: Guest Remodel

Joy at Thrifty Parsonage Living has saved an old cedar chest and gave it some good old TLC. 
I had the wonderful privilege of inheriting my grandmother’s 80 year old cedar chest.
It came to me in very poor condition. There was a leg broken off, hinges disconnected, veneer chipped and missing and part of the trim molding was missing.
My husband thought it was beyond repair; and maybe the dump was the best place for it. I’m a very sentimental person and said “but it was grandma’s!”
It sat in my husband’s shop for quite some time, but then one day I was surprised and delighted to find my husband (who’s very good at restoring and building furniture) busy working on the chest. I don’t have a photo of it at it’s worst, but here are a few of the chest in the restoration process.

The veneer was in such bad shape we decided simply to remove it altogether.

We then sanded the cedar wood followed by 3 coats of Valspar black satin paint.
Here it is all finished sitting pretty in my living room.

What do you think of my transformation?

I love that she saved this cedar chest and fixed it up.  Great job.  I love cedar chests.  Don’t you?

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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. >Thanks so much for choosing me for your guest post! I'm so honored to be featured! Thank you for your great link parties. They're the greatest. I love seeing everyone's creative ideas!
    Joy @ thriftyparsonageliving

  2. >Lovely that they have restored the chest and can continue to have this wonderful piece in their home….cedar chests are hard to find these days so they are doubly lucky, I love the warmth and colour of cedar, cheers katherine

  3. >Thanks for sharing this useful information with all of us.Keep sharing more in the future.
    Have a nice time ahead.