Hayden – The coolest antique cedar chest you’ve ever seen

Hayden was inspired by a recent piece I saw done by Miss Mustard Seed. She painted stripes on a beautiful antique chest. You can view this piece in her portfolio here. I thought of the cedar chest I had sitting lonely in my upstairs hallway. Perfect!

Here’s my finished product — isn’t she beautiful? I named her “Hayden” because she’s just about the coolest looking antique cedar chest you’ve ever seen! (This one’s for you, Em!)

Here you can see the before-pic. Can you believe that I picked up this beauty for only $20 at Goodwill? It was “50%-off Saturday” and I actually showed up at 9 am when the store opened to get it at that price.

It needed some repair. I started by gluing down the lifting veneer pieces. (This took 24 hours to fully dry.)

Then, the taping job. Using my painters tape, I measured and starting taping as close to the middle as possible and worked my way out. Perfection is never my goal (and not expected), but I wanted to achieve as much symmetry as I could.

When applying the paint, I used a rag and a whitewash solution of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Pure White. Making sure not to get the cloth too wet, I scrubbed the paint onto each stripe, one at a time. To ensure the solution didn’t bleed through the tape, I also pushed down the tape while applying the paint.

The piece was distressed lightly to break up the stripes a little bit. Then, I toned down the stripes with a rag-rubbed coat of Minwax bombay mahogany wood stain. Lastly, I finished it with AS clear wax. I’m in love with the way she shows her age — but with such a trendy, modern twist! I was glad to find that the interior is also beautiful cedar and fully intact — so practical for storage.

I’m so very pleased with the results! And so happy that I’ve decided she’s mine! :)  Sorry folks, this one’s not for sale.

Lots of love,

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29 thoughts on “Hayden – The coolest antique cedar chest you’ve ever seen

  1. Between U & Me

    I LOVE this! I would love if you would share this at the Crazy Cute link party happening at Between U & Me right now! I've got a totally awesome giveaway this week, too!OOH! AND, I'm your newest follower! ;)www.betweenuandme.com

  2. Jamie

    Your before photo of the corner looks horrible. I probably would have walked right by it if I saw a cedar in that shape. You did an AMAZING job. I love your blog. I'm your newest follower. Would love to see you DIY Home Sweet home.Jamiehttp://diyhshp.blogspot.com/P.S. I have another giveaway going on right now. Would love you to stop by and check it out. P.P.S. I have a linky every Monday. Would love for you to stop by and link up.

  3. Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy

    oh my gosh. i am totally and completely in love with this piece. I haven't seen anything quite like this and you are totally inspiring me to finally do a striped project…. I have been meaning to for a while now. This is just perfectly beautiful. I am for sure featuring this this week at the Crafty Scrappy Happy features…. Thank you SOOOO much for linking up!Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

  4. Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

    It's amazing how much those little ol' stripes changed the look of your cedar chest. It really is quite trendy now.Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Hope to see you again this week.Blessings,Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottagehttp://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com./


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