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{Updating a classic}


So i know tons of people that have these Lane cedar chests and they all look the same – old brown wood.  Very, very dated – but they are nice, heavy duty and classics so we cant just trash these things!

So a little paint and some new super cute fabric is all it took to update this 70’s chest into something that we would still buy today :)

I painted it with Valspars New Black and then got the black/white damask from Hobby Lobby – love it.


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And after

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Ok – now go and paint your grandmas cedar chest – you will be glad you did :)


29 Responses to {Updating a classic}

  1. Jennifer March 11, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    Stunning! Love your work :)

  2. Krista@thegatheringplacedesign March 11, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    LOVE! I am now on the hunt for one of those. I really love the fabric too…great work:)

  3. jcreviston March 11, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    Love it :)

  4. pixilatedtoo March 11, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    I am seriously loving that I found you. You are giving me some really fabulous ideas to work from!


  5. Vicki March 11, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    WOW is all I can say- I have an old hope chest that was my grandparents.. I have used it as a bench and a coffee table and now its a bench again.. but the veneer on the top has RINGS on it and is cracking.. its old and I love it but really it needs love… would it be a crime to bring it back to life with paint?

  6. Snappy Di March 11, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    Love it! My mom had a rounded top Lane cedar chest way back in the 50's and my sister still has it. Not sure what condition it is in though since she lives on the other coast of the U.S. I like the flat top better.


  7. ~alicia March 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    So beautiful and looks more "classic" than it did before!


  8. Debilou ~ Mississippi Mama March 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    that is just beautiful.. looks nothing like its first life.

  9. Terri @ em-belle-ish.blogspot.com March 11, 2011 at 6:10 pm #


  10. Barefoot Apron March 11, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    yay! Pillows pillows pillows is all you need… they are like shoes… you can just never have enough.. :) great job!

  11. Tanya March 11, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    You have awesome vision!

  12. Jennifer March 11, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    This is amazing. I never would have seen the potential in it. Absolutely gorgeous. Can it come live in my house?

  13. Tracy March 11, 2011 at 8:12 pm #


  14. porter place cottage March 11, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    I did one a few weeks ago. Mine was an old toy chest. I will try to get pictures up soon! I used burlap on the top of mine. Those old chests are great!

  15. Jennie March 11, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

    CUTENESS! Whenever I visit you I wanna go out and paint the world:) Thanks for the inspiration. This is to die for!

    Jennie {Cinnaberry Suite}

  16. I Play Outside The Box March 11, 2011 at 11:30 pm #

    Gorgeous!!! I'd love to redo all my granddaughter LCC too. Maybe I should show them this!! lol

  17. Jboo March 12, 2011 at 2:51 am #

    Wow! Beautiful!


  18. Amy March 12, 2011 at 3:08 am #

    Gorgeous! I wish my husband would let me paint furniture black. So classy. He has a thing against black, I guess…

  19. Sue@Uniquely Chic March 14, 2011 at 1:04 am #

    Now that is an amazing transformation! Perfect color and perfect fabric choice!

  20. Reenie March 14, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

    WOW…….LOVE it! It's be-u-teee-fullll :)

  21. amy March 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    it says sweet pickins…Sold. I would love to buy it now!! I am serious! achamby@gmail.com

  22. Crafty Southern Mama March 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    That is FABULOUS!!

    Great job!

  23. Briana March 25, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    You've been featured today at Sweet Peas and Bumblebees for our Fabulous Friday Finds. Your project is amazing!!!


  24. The Adolf Family Five April 2, 2011 at 1:13 am #

    This is such a great idea!!! My daughter has a chest given to her by her memaw (who is now gone) and it doesn't fit her style anymore, (it's very flowery and traditional) but she doesn't want to give it up of course…I'm going to have her choose some great fabric and a paint color that is fabulous, then we'll go to town! This way she can have her cedar chest that she loves for sentimental reasons *and* fits her style! And when her style changes…we can do it again! Thanks so much!

  25. Grace One Hundred April 12, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    Oh my gosh. I want to marry that.

  26. Debra September 27, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    How do you attach the new fabric cushion to the top ??


  27. How to start a painting business October 19, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    Really fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Rachel November 18, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    First of all, I love all your work! I was really excited when a client wanted me to recreate her cedar chest to look like this one. Thanks for the inspiration! See the post here: http://illjustpaintit.com/cedar-chest-update/


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