Inspired By - Lane Cedar Chest Makeover

Hello beautiful friends...  I've joined forces with many other blogger friends to bring a furniture makeover with a theme to you each month.

Welcome to our Furniture Refresh October edition.  Our theme this month is "Inspired By"....  This really could mean so many things!  Originally I was going (and still went in that direction) with an inspired by fall.  It was the theme that had been set out as the guidelines for the group.  And, well since fall is my favorite season it fit!  But, then it was changed to just inspired by, which I also loved!  
I was asked by this very sweet lady if I could refinish her tabletop.  I went to her home to meet with her, look at the table & make a plan.  When I got there, I was greeted by an 81 year old German (Alsatian) lady.  Once she showed me her table she asked if I could take a look at an old chest that was in her basement.  During each of my visits, I was given many tours of the home with stops to show me her antique finds along with history of her homeland!  

The basement had flooded while her & her husband spent last winter in Florida!  She was saddened to think that the chest was ruined & wanted to know if I could paint it to try & revive it!

Let me back up just a bit... I love old chests & have been looking for one for a while.  They remind me of my Grandma Brewer (I talk about her here and share some of her poems & artwork).  So when I saw this sweet chest & felt the sadness for my new friend, it just brought on a sense of nostalgia!  I said yes of course I am happy to take it & fix it up for you.  She wanted it to be a pretty green.

This is my Grandma Brewer - Myrtle Ella Neeley Brewer, she was born in 1892. She was 9 years old in this photo!  

I brought the chest home & begin to work on it.  Pulling off the veneer that had warped and most of which had already peeled off.

It just came right off without any problems.  

 I could see such beautiful bones under all that damage!

The front at one time had some nice detail.  But, it was long gone.  We added a nice applique to bring back some of the detail.  I also removed the trim and used some wood glue to secure it.  The were all loose & at some point would've fallen off.

I think the reason I think of my grandma when I find old chests...I think Grandma Brewer when I cuddle up with a quilt.  Chests are made to hold quilts & treasures.  And, a treasure given to me from her is her creativity.  She was an artist.  She drew greeting cards & birthday cards that were just beautiful.  

I went on to fix up this sweet chest.  I filled all the small holes, sanded lightly & begin my first stroke of paint.

A nice light green just as my sweet German client asked for!!!  As I painted this piece I could sense my Grandma watching over me...I felt the peace :)

The inside of the chest was stunning!!  I just cleaned it out and used a little hemp oil to condition the wood!

As my husband & I delivered it, my client was so happy & excited that I was able to give a whole new look on life.  What once she thought was lost was found again!  It will now live on for many years to come!

Not only inspired by fall with this lovely green, but by my amazing grandma.  This lane cedar chest is sweet just like my of the most incredible people I've had the pleasure of having in my life!!  It is now ready to hold onto many treasures for many many years.


  1. Oh l just love the story behind this beautiful piece and you did such a great job bringing it back to life...

  2. I love this story. Things are always better with love attached. Beautiful work!

  3. Wow, the transformation of this is amazing! The before situation was rough. I love the color you chose for this, so fresh!

  4. First, I love the story and hearing about your love for your Grandmother touched my heart! The color is perfect and the adding of the imbellishment to the front is just what this piece needed. You are a fabulous and talented woman and I'm so happy to call you friend! Thanks for participating in #furnitureREFRESH

  5. You did a great job of giving this piece a new life! The green is perfect for this ReFresh and you have obviously inherited your grandma's creativity and talent! ;o)

  6. WOW! I would not have had the courage to rescue this piece. Great green! Well done :)

  7. This is a gorgeous piece of furniture, and you gave it a breath of fresh air! Love this #furniturerefresh!

  8. Very nice job on the chest but...aaaargh! You don't oil aromatic cedar. You sand it to bring out the fragrance again that keeps the bugs away.

  9. Great job hard to believe this is the same piece! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Pinned! Have a great week!

  10. Lynn,

    You did a beautiful job on this cedar chest for your client. The color is perfect and the addition of the applique was the icing on the cake.

    thanks for sharing at Talk of the Town.


    1. Thank you Gail. I agree the color was just perfect for this piece :)

  11. Wow, that turned out beautifully!! I love it when old things get a new life! :) Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty

  12. What a beautiful post Lynn! I'm going to feature it this week at You're Gonna Love it! Thanks for sharing it!

  13. Oh wow it's gorgeous!

    Thanks for linking up with Welcome Home Wednesdays! Live every Wednesday at 7AM CT.

    liz @ j for joiner


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