Hi, friends! How are you all doing? I'm getting lots done today because I'm "trapped" inside my home because of the snow-apocalypse in Georgia. It has been relaxing for me because I'm in the safety of my home, but many people have been trapped on the roads since yesterday morning and even some students had to spend the night at their schools. If you have a moment, will you pray for them?
The up side to being "trapped" in my home is that I get to share my latest furniture redo with you guys! I started with a cedar chest that my roomie bought at a garage sale probably 2 years ago. I got another cedar chest from my grandma, so it was time for this one to go. It had a lot of issues though-- deep scratches on the sides and tons of stains on the top. Luckily, the veneer was in tact, but that's really the only good thing I could say about it.
I sanded it really, really well (especially on the top) and then primed it. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw it in it's primed condition. I had every intention on painting it white after priming, but the dreaded pink and water stains kept seeping through (even after 4 coats of primer. Four coats, people).
So, I moved on to plan B-- a boring black. I have to admit, I wasn't in love with it, but I had black paint on hand. To make a long story short (even though it's probably too late for that), I had a mishap with a spray polycrylic and ruined the top after painting it black. Ugh! I kept thinking, "I wish I could just cover the top with something."
One of my previous posts, a Paisley Drum Side Table with the help of Cutting Edge Stencils, came to mind. Finally, a quick-ish solution! I lightly sanded off the poly, and painted the stencil on with a light gray paint that I had on hand. I finished it off with my usual brush on Polycrylic and ta-da!
Isn't it just beautiful? I love the way the black contrasts with the cedar when it opens.
Here's a side-by-side comparison:
Much better, right? The worst part is that I painted it with colors that match our living room, so it's even harder to say good bye!