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{Before & After}–cedar/blanket chest update

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I knew when I came across this little chest, I knew that it could be super cute with a little paint and some extra molding to balance out the chest. 

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I got some cheap 6 in pine board and wrapped that around the bottom to cover up those little stubby legs.  I also had to remove some little molding on the sides so I didn’t have gaps when I put on the molding – so those were removed, cut down and then put back on.

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Then I cleaned, primed and painted (ultra white by Valspar)

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Because this chest was so plain, I decided to add a little stenciled # for a little somthin’ somthin’.  I just cut the number with my cricut, traced it and then painted in the lines.

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I also love rope handles, so any chance I have to use them im gonna :) I had a rope that was nice and big so I just drilled some big holes in the chest, tied a few knots and then I have me a super cute rope handle.   I love the “beachy” vibe that it gives the chest. 

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I distressed the entire chest, gave it a coat of poly and called it good.

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I LOVE the way this chest turned out – if I hadn’t of already posted it for sale before I finished it on my Sweet Pickins site I would have kept it for myself, but I already had a list of people that wanted it :(  It matches perfect with my house and im sure I could have found a spot for it…oh well…

AND – this chest could be used in so many spots.  As a bench for taking off your shoes, at the end of a bed, as a coffee table, a side table, a toy chest or even as a nightstand.  So cute…

BUT – luckily for me this chest has simple lines and would be so easy to build.  So I think I just might make one for the end of my bed Smile

Post by Sausha

20 Responses to {Before & After}–cedar/blanket chest update

  1. Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys July 15, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

    So cute! Love the number detail. Just curious, how did you decide on 74?

  2. Sawdust and Paperscraps July 15, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    Oh yeah, that is so cool! Huge improvement and I love it!

  3. the modern cottage July 15, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    Everything about trunk that is fantastic!

  4. Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy July 15, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    That is just awesome! The rope handle is so cool!

  5. Crystal July 15, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    Beautiful makeover!!! It looks awesome!!!

  6. Terry July 15, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    Okay, I picked my lower jaw off the floor and all I have to say is WOW!

  7. Retro Restyling July 15, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    That's really beautiful! I love it!

  8. Journey11 July 15, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    Oh, I have furniture envy. That would look so cute in my living room! :)

  9. Korrie@RedHenHome July 16, 2011 at 3:37 am #

    Great job! Love the rope detail and the number.

  10. Aroura July 16, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    Wow! I love it!!!

  11. M.L. @ The House of Whimsy July 16, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    Absolutely incredible!!! I'm speechless! : )
    M.L.

  12. Sherrie July 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Wow what a makeover! Love it!

  13. Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. July 17, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    Add me to the list of people who want it!! ;)

  14. Shabby Marilyn July 17, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    I know what you mean on wanting to keep such a great piece. I get sad until I see the joy of the new owner! Love the rope and your great redo!

  15. Heather July 19, 2011 at 3:36 am #

    SO clever! I love the rope handle..what a brilliant idea!

  16. Pablo July 19, 2011 at 11:28 pm #

    Wow, this is such an amazing transformation! I love it! =D

    http://bloobreyplace.blogspot.com

  17. ~Melissa~ July 20, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    It turned out super cute! Great job. :)

  18. Reenie July 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    Very cute.

  19. Heather Vincent July 22, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    I LOVE the makeover you did with this! I have my Grandma's old cedar chest, which is VERY similar to this…it needs to be re-finished. You gave me some inspiration, thank you!

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