My grandpa gave me this cedar chest for Christmas when I was 13. He had bought it used and fixed it up. Over the years it has seen numerous coats of paint, scratches and dings. I’m going to show you how I restored it back to its natural wood!
Cedar Chest Makeover
There are at least 4 coats of paint I need to strip off to get to the wood.
This stuff is amazing. Plus it’s natural and the smell is pleasant!
Using a paint brush I generously applied a thick coat of Citristrip to the entire cedar chest. I did remove the lid of the chest prior to this step to make it easier.
After I got the whole thing coated I used Saran Wrap to cover it. This helps keep the moisture in and helps the stripper work better. I left it on overnight.
After letting it sit overnight, I used a putty knife to scrape the loose paint off. This part is super messy. The paint is gooey. Like gum that sat on a hot sidewalk. 😝
After using the putty knife to scrape most of the paint off, I used steel wool dipped in paint thinner and scrubbed my little heart out. But seeing the beautiful natural wood made it worth it.
I love how it turned out. It was a big job but the outcome is better than I could have imagined.