Ugly Duckling Cedar Chest totally ANEW!!

by Diane
At first glance, this looked like a piece of the past to take to the junk yard. However, the fact that this1948 Lane chest was once the "Hope Chest" of my late mother-in-law, caused us to see if some tender loving care would restore the beauty!!
Looks like an ugly duckling
Years stored away in the attic caused the laminate outer shell to crack and peel away.

If you look closely though, you will see beautiful cedar wood crying to be revealed!
It took my husband and I a couple of hours to slowly and carefully peel off the rotten laminate. Some of it was easily removed and other parts were literally glued on!
As you can see from this picture, the inside was in pristine condition! If only we could restore the outside then what precious heirloom we would have!!
I stained the wood underneath with a Minwax Golden Pecan stain.
Looks Brand New!!
Once the piece was stained, I finished off with Spar Urethane which protects the wood from water and heat!
We are tickled with the end result and we know that "Mom" who is in Heaven is smiling from above!! 😄❤️
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  • Angela Angela on Jan 31, 2019

    I have a cedar chest it's obvious from the inside and on the back of it. It's been painted,and I am NOT sure if it HAS VENEER where it's been painted. Cedar shows on the back and on the entire inside of it. Any thoughts on what to do with it. It absolutely needs redone, however I don't want to ruin it, it was my boyfriend's grandmother's.

  • James Griffith James Griffith on Sep 19, 2019

    Where can I find the hardware that holds the tray in? I have looked everywhere.

  • Kayte Williams Kayte Williams on Dec 14, 2019
    I found one just almost like this! I’m trying to find out where I can find out what I have and what it could be worth??

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  • Cristina Addie Cristina Addie on Jan 14, 2017
    A beautiful heirloom that was totally worth it. Great job!
  • Sherry Sherry on Feb 21, 2020

    I too have a Lane Cedar Chest I bought from an elderly lady years ago. I refinished it then, but now, some 35 years later, it needs some serious TLC. Your restoration has given me some ideas on how to go about restoring the one I have! Yours turned out beautiful!