Just so you know, faux pas is pronounced, Foe Paw, not Fox Pass. And that is my lesson for the day.
The next project, which I am not entirely satisfied with but my “freedom” is coming to an end, is a cedar chest. My DH should be heading my way soon, so projects need to be completed.
It has taken me days of saturating this thing in paint stripper, which caused occasional splatters onto my skin that sent me sprinting for the faucet to wash up! Dang it, that stuff burns! And to see me run…LOL that is pretty hilarious too! LOL.
When I picked this chest up for $20, another Craigslist find, it was covered in so many layers of paint that it had this horrible, rubbery feeling. I am sure you all know what I am talking about. The type of paint job that makes you wonder, “WHY did they do this?” Now, not only was the outside painted, but the Faux Pas, the inside. Yes that is right I am talking about the beautiful cedar lining on the inside of this chest. The “Cedar” in cedar chest. Painted. Covered. Sealed up in a rubbery shell of hideousness. I couldn’t leave it. Not like that. I had to take it home with me. I would save it. I would bring the “Cedar” back to this poor humiliated cedar chest. So we began…
So sad…no cedar lining in sight.
Paint stripper is doing it’s magic!
All I can say is, “WHY?????” Almost got it all off…
Much better! Still a small bit of paint splotches here and there, but I was tired of sanding and didn’t want to put another drop of paint stripper on this poor thing.
Next I painted the cabinet in my handy dandy black chalk paint. Then in 2 coats of the cream chalk paint. Slight distressing on the edges to bring the black coloring out and waxed it up.
Now, looking back, I think I might like the black color better….
I ended up painting the cabinet because the outside wood veneer was hideous! The top was a whole ‘nother beast. I sanded it down really well, and since the wood looked decent I decided to try out a dark stain. I thought it would bring out the black distressed accents and highlight the cream chalk paint.
I wanted a nice, rich color and after one coat of stain and some wax, it just wasn’t dark enough. So I just slathered that puppy in stain again. I left it on there for 3 days. That is how long it took to dry all the way. Oops, I was planning on wiping it off, but the kiddos got my attention and my ADD slipped in! LOL. My brain was all over the place that day, so I was forced into letting it dry completely after forgetting about it…hee hee. Mistakes do work out sometimes. I actually like the outcome. It is really pretty and super smooth! I waxed the top again and called ‘er done. Now to put this thing back together. I had a few helpers.
I would ultimately like to knock off the very bottom framing and add some distinct legs to it. Something to add a little shape…not keep it so boxy looking. Also, maybe some shaped, decorative wood overlay pieces on the sides and drawer to add a bit more dimension. Hobby Lobby might be seeing me sooner than later. But to finish her off I added some handles that we had left over from our home in Oregon and kicked up my feet!
Side note: I would also like to change out the hinges soon…they are a bright, shiny silver (clearly not original) and try to match the hinges to the knobs, (possible spray painting job in my near future) The chest will function for now, to hold our electronics for our TV, that is mounted above our fireplace…but I don’t really think it is my style, soooooo she might be finding herself back on Craigslist…this time with a pretty face and a higher price tag :)
Wadda ya think?