I’m thinking paint it - maybe a chalk paint? https://www.agirlandagluegun.com/2015/05/cedar-chest-redo-and-how-to-use-chalky-paint-for-the-first-time.html
Thank you. I haven't tried chalk paint either, but you did a great job. It is something to really think about.
Here is a layered finish I did if you like a farmhouse look.
That looks really good too. But I'm thinking trying to go with mid century modern look if possible. Any ideas for updating to that style?
I have several cedar chest posts on my site. This one is my favorite makeover: https://rootsandwingsfurniture.com/blog/antiquecedarchest/