Give new life to an old chest with some paint and glaze – this painted cedar chest once was trash, but now is a valuable storage piece that looks beautiful as well! This post contains affiliate links- full disclosure here.
Updated to add: This makeover post is a few years old, but this piece of furniture has stood the test of time! We have moved it multiple times and still use it in our bedroom today. You can see more of it in our bedroom makeover here.
How to paint a cedar chest:
I have *drooled* over wooden chests for years, and have never found a nice, solid, chest that I could actually afford. Everyone on Craigslist sells ugly beat-up chests for over $100!
A few months ago, one of the secretaries in the school I work at contacted me. She let me know that she was getting rid of an old family chest because it was in really bad condition. She said it had been sitting in her basement for years, but she just pulled it to the curb the night before so they could be picked up by the garbage.
What?! No! I had to get over there right away!
I was so excited for this chest…after all, I had been dreaming about a chest like this for so long! So, I dreamed… for 8 months.
Yes, 8 months. I am ashamed.
I would like to think it’s because I really wanted it to turn out “perfectly”…and I didn’t have a clear vision for it yet.
Well, I have finally finished this chest, and I am in love with it now!
What you need to refinish a cedar chest:
- Palm sander
- They don’t have to be expensive! Here’s a great affordable option
- Wood filler
- Primer (this is my absolute favorite)
- small foam roller
- paint brush (I ONLY use this kind)
- optional: glaze or stain