Sunday, March 31, 2013

Vintage Red Cedar Chest

A couple of weeks ago I found a gorgeous cedar chest for sale on craigslist in a neighboring town. I was kind of freaked out to go and get it because the messages back and forth to the seller were extremely brief and they never provided a name, so I had no clue if I was even meeting a man or a woman.  Of course, I also happened to have no other adult available to go with me, so I brought my boys. (And then I emailed my husband the address so he would know where to tell the police I went should I never return because I'm totally a big chicken and sometimes assume the worst.)


My nine year old was totally oblivious the entire trip; having brought a stack of books to keep him occupied.  My eleven year old sensed my worry and asked what I was upset about.  When I told him my concern over meeting this person and getting the furniture he totally told me not to worry.  He is a blue stripe belt in Kung Fu you know! He even had his uniform on because he had a class later that night.

Anyway, I obviously completely overreacted because the transaction was totally fine, I got my furniture and made it home safely.  Here's a before:

That's Antonio sanding; he takes his job very seriously and makes a percentage of my profit when I sell a piece of furniture he helps on.

I painted the cedar chest Martha Stewart's Sealing Wax.  Two coats covered it beautifully, although my Mom kept telling me that is was a very pink red. Sigh. Obviously not the look I was going for. When the paint had dried, I sanded just slightly to distress and then decided to stain the piece with Minwax Dark Walnut to deepen the color and give it an aged appearance.  I was completely happy with the results of layering both the paint and stain!

I love how it looks against our black and white rug and think it makes a perfect coffee table with loads of storage.

This piece is also for sale at Village Primitives on Main Street in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

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  1. How can you part with it? looks so perfect in that spot! Awesome paint job! And I think you were perfectly smart to worry and take your Kung Fu body guard! You just never know!

  2. I love the legs on it and the color you did with the stain came out beautiful! Oh, how I wish I lived near your store!

  3. I love it! You are so funny - that is EXACTLY me when picking up a Craigslist piece of furniture. Oh the stories I could tell!
    Stacey :O)

  4. i love it! i love those feet! and i know what you mean about you just never know....

  5. You can let it go???? And it looks perfect right where it is! :) Beautiful and I wish you were closer.

    P.S. I think it's good that you had some reservations re: the seller. One just never knows these days ~

  6. looks perfect...well done!
    Bec x

  7. Hi Angela, It came out perfect! I can't believe you'd sell it ... you must be tough.

  8. Lovely job on the hope chest, opts showing my age. Oh well what's to do.
    Blessings from Canada

  9. It is beautiful! I love the color!

  10. It is always good to be careful when dealing with Craig's List. How sweet is your son to want to protect you. I have taken my son with me a few times too, but he is 6'2". The color turned out beautifully.

  11. It's beautiful! :) Reminds me of a big one my grandparents used to have

    HEY you have steam heat radiators in your pic!! :) ( I have them too )

  12. Found you through WOW, love this following.

  13. I love, love your new chest! The color is gorgeous! I have a new weekly link party which is live now and I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post! Hope to see you there! Hugs, Maria

  14. I struggle with this all the time. Having to decide what to keep and what to sell. I love the chest and would have a hard time parting with it too.

  15. Hi Angela. That is an absolutely beautiful chest and I love the paint job and color you put on it. I have a very similar one that my dad built when he had shop in highschool back in the very early 1930's. I am getting it out of storage soon and plan to paint it so I'm so happy I got to see how beautiful it will be..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  16. Angela,you and your helper did a great job. I have a chest as a coffee table too. I like that look. :)

  17. That is a great piece and a good idea to darken a bit with the stain. Love your little industrious helper.


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