A thrifted cedar chest gets a makeover using DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Colonial and Annie Sloan Dark Wax.
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One of my goals when we recently updated our basement was to create a mudroom area, coming in from our garage. My plan was to refinish and use this chest. In addition to the chest, I added a simple DIY Wireless Wall Sconce. This amazing lighting hack requires no wiring and was installed in just a few minutes. I also used my DIY Farmhouse pillow cover and Threshold brand wall hooks from Target.
My husband, Andy, and I bought this beautiful Lane cedar chest at an auction shortly after we were married for just $50. This chest spent the first seven years in our bedroom at our old house and has been here in the basement for the past fifteen years. I have always intended on refinishing this little beauty, but never have. Now is the perfect time to give it a makeover!
(Please excuse the photographs. There is no natural light, so it is very difficult to photograph!)
- Guardsman Deep Clean – Purifying Wood Cleaner
- Guardman Clean and Polish for Wood Furniture
- DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Colonial
- paint brush
- fine grit sanding block
- lint-free cloth
- Annie Sloan Dark Wax
- wax brush
- Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint
I started by giving the entire chest a good cleaning with Guardsman Deep Clean – Purifying Wood Cleaner. The top was in pretty good shape so it just needed to be cleaned and polished.
On the body of the chest, I brushed on two coats of DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Colonial. This beautiful, rich color goes on so easily. I love using chalk paint because no priming or prep is needed and its dries so quickly.
I allowed the paint to dry between each coat before I lightly distressed it, using a fine grit sanding block. Gingerly sand the edges where the chest would naturally wear and then wipe any dust away with a clean cloth. I like to use a Swifter dry cloth.
To give this chest an antique look, I used my wax brush to brush my Annie Sloan Dark Wax onto the painted surface. I worked in small areas to apply the wax. The brush helps get into all of the grooves and details of the piece. Then, using a lint-free cloth, buff the wax away. The surface should feel smooth, not tacky.
Lastly, I spray painted the hardware, using Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint.
What a beauty she is! I should have done this years ago!
This space is coming together nicely. I can’t wait to share more with you!
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