Sometimes I procrastinate projects, but sometimes I just like to take my time and mull things over. I can usually see the potential in a piece but I don’t always know how to bring that potential out immediately. If I wait long enough the a vision for the piece or room will just present itself.
Remember this cedar chest I bought at an estate sale for a whopping $5?
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As badly as it had been treated I couldn’t resist it once I opened it.
Even I was surprised to see that it has been sitting in my garage since last November!
I finally decided where I wanted to put it and use it for so that was a big part in deciding what to do next. Clearly the veneer was in terrible shape so there was no point in trying to refinish it. Half the veneer on the top was already gone so I finished that job and just sanded it all over before I started painting. Even though it is a trunk, it has the look of a chest so I decided that it needed feet too. The color was an obvious choice (Hummingbird Blue by Martha Stewart) as a contrast to the red in my work room.
The biggest challenge was actually choosing the knobs – I wasn’t fond of the wood handles it came with. I was feeling frugal so I didn’t really want to go out and buy new knobs. I had a set of plain wooded knobs I took off my daughter’s dresser when I redid that a while back so I decided I would use those but they were too plain. So I did what anyone would do and I got out my handy dandy new dremel and carved a design in them.
The dremel is officially my favorite new tool (at the moment anyway).
The knobs had been painted with goopy brown paint so anything I did would have been an improvement.
Putting the knobs on the chest was challenging because I wasn’t using the same holes the handles had come out of and none of the sections are exactly the same height so I had to carefully measure, measure, and measure again.
Last step was painting the knobs – Is this a makeover or what?
And the knobs look pretty much as I’d hoped they would – which is a relief since I don’t really know what I’m doing with the dremel yet. I painted them blue, then went over them with white and wiped off the excess so it only stayed in the grooves. A slightly shabby chic look which I think works here.
I love how it stands out against the red on the wall and also ties in with the colors of the applique hanging above it (Applique is from the Tentmakers souq in Cairo, Egypt)
The only thing left to do is vacuum the sawdust out of inside, line the drawer and load it up!