I find all kinds of things.
Some cool, some not so cool.
This one definitely falls in the Cool category,
In my humble opinion 🙁
How cute is this thing, I ask y’all?
Well, I can promise y’all it did not start out this way.
But alas, the little Dingbat saw the potential.
I found this antique cedar chest on a Facebook local yard sale site. Let me just go the record. I LOVE these FB yard sale sites. I find lots of my project pieces on these sites and usually at a better price than Craigslist.
I got this chest from a very nice, young couple with the BIGGEST dog I have ever seen, Chevy.
I loved him!
I had to do a couple of minor repairs to the chest. The top needed to be reglued in a place or two. And one of the hinges wasn’t attached. But I did not fix any of those cracks.
Those to me are character.
Character and beauty
Remember when I said I walked out with two pints of General Finishes paint when I left the woodworking shop last week?
Well this was the second color I chose. This one is a beautiful vintage green in their Chalk paint line.
But to me it behaves just like a milk paint, minus the chipping part.
It took about three thin coats to get to the coverege that I wanted. I knew in my crazy little head that I was going to sand the daylights out of this chest but I wanted it to sand down pretty even so I need to start with a very even paint job.
An even playing field of sorts.
Emmitt is fascinated with this thing.
Lastly, I used my orbital and a medium grit sandpaper and sanded down the entire piece.
The key to this finish is two things.
Patience and time.
Do not get in a hurry.
Just take your time and you will end up with s lovely, timeworn finish.
And that’s all I did to it.
I applied no finish what so ever. A piece like this just needs to continue to age naturally.
Naturally and gracefully.
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