Cedar Chest Makeover
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!
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.
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Nancy Warren on May 09, 2020
I like it. Need to do this to mine.
Mary Coakley on Nov 28, 2021
Very nice but did you treat the wood with anything after the paint was stripped?
Great job. Please can you post the full process?
What kind of wood was your chest made out of? It does not look like cedar, but more like pine? So was it pine wood or some other type of wood? It is very pretty. Thank you for sharing.