Asked on Apr 16, 2019

What should I do with this cedar chest?

HomeroadKelly-n-TonyTonnia Williams
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I inherited this cedar chest made in the 40’s . I have The original card re: having a “Victory Catch” instead of metal due to shortage during WWII. The key and lock were never installed. I think it has some value; however , while it is still sturdy inside and out, the finish is in terrible shape. Should I try to refinish it or leave as is? And if so, what would be the best method?

q what should i do with this cedar chest
q what should i do with this cedar chest
8 answers
  • William
    on Apr 16, 2019

    Personally i would just leave it original. It has some history. The tag is part of it's provenance. Most of the time they are missing. Refinishing can bring the value down by 20%. I would say the value is around $300.


    https://www.hunker.com/13412447/determining-the-value-of-a-lane-cedar-chest

  • Betsy
    on Apr 16, 2019

    Hi Patricia: I'd take some pictures of the inside and outside and take it to a reputable antiques dealer and ask their opinion. You don't want to ruin a fine piece. Good luck

  • Betsy
    on Apr 16, 2019

    Hi Patricia: I'd take some pictures of the inside and outside and take it to a reputable antiques dealer and ask their opinion. You don't want to ruin a fine piece. Good luck

  • Cynthia H
    on Apr 16, 2019

    I would frame that cool note! I don't know about the value other than to you. With some stripping and sanding, I bet there is some nice wood under the worn finish. Personally, I would clean it, strip the finish, sand it smooth and use a gorgeous deep wood stain and clear sealer. If you want a paint look, whitewashing it would be gorgeous, too.

  • Shore grandmom
    on Apr 16, 2019

    I would leave it as is. If the top bothers you, lay a quilt or blanket on it to hide the wear and tear. You're right that it will devalue it if you do anything but keep it clean.

  • Tonnia Williams
    on Apr 16, 2019

    I understand your wanting to refinish the chest. I have one that is in bad shape also. I keep it covered with a quilt I made just because I cannot afford to have it refinished and I am not confident enough to do it myself. I really need to ask my children which one of them is going to want this when i pass and if they want it in the original but damaged finish or if they want it refinished or some other finish.

    I inherited from my mother and it was not in great shape but has survived my three children, multiple moves as well as the same with mom.

  • Kelly-n-Tony
    on Apr 16, 2019

    I think if you intend ...to sell it leave as is. If you want to display it in your home but want to make it look better go ahead and refinish it. It's totally up to what works for you.

  • Homeroad
    on Apr 17, 2019

    I would sand it down then paint it. You will be surprised at how beautiful it can be. I'd use a chalky paint which doesn't need much prep work aside from a light sanding to remove that old varnish. When you are finished painting I would seal it to protect the finish.


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