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Mid Century Modern Cedar Chest | The Interior Frugalista

September 1, 2015

Mid Century Modern Cedar Chest

Remember this Mid Century Modern Cedar Chest Makeover from last week? I had nothing but struggles with the stain on the drawer fronts and had to walk away from this project for a few days to clear my head. I'm so glad I did because after stripping the paint and stain back to the raw wood and starting from scratch, I was able to get a much nicer finish.

Mid Century Modern Cedar Chest Makeover

Mid Century Modern Cedar Chest

You can see the difference between the picture above and the picture below.

The photo below is my feeble attempt at fixing the hemp oil debacle. It's not terrible but definitely not the quality of finish I would be happy putting my name onto.


MCM Cedar Chest after botched stain attempt

This is a close-up of the finish...

MCM Cedar Chest botched stain close up

...and here it is after I stripped it back down to the raw wood and restained it.

MCM Cedar Chest with dark walnut stained drawer fronts

Quite the difference between an attempt to fix the problem and starting from the beginning again and doing it right.

Here is a close-up of the chalk painted triangle where the hemp oil caused the stain to bleed into the paint.

MCM Cedar Chest with stain bleed into the paint

Here it is after being stripped, sanded, restained and repainted...

MCM Cedar Chest with painted triangle drawer front

In case you missed my post last week, here is a link MCM Cedar Chest Makeover.

I should refresh your memory and show you what the Mid Century Modern Cedar Chest looked like before the makeover.

Mid Century Modern Cedar Chest Before Makeover

After reading your comments in my last post I realized I might have scared you from ever giving Hemp Oil a try as a protective finish.

DON'T BE AFRAID

Hemp Oil is an awesome product, especially on food safe surfaces like butcher block. It worked beautifully over the chalk painted sections of this chest, like the stenciled top pictured below.

It deepens the color while giving it a matte finish and a heck of a lot less work than clear wax. Brush on with a chip brush and wipe away the excess oil with a clean lint free rag.



Mid Century Modern Cedar Chest Stenciled Top

It also works fabulously on old wood and I was amazed at how it restored the wood on my Antique Radio Cabinet. I also used it on the wood surfaces of a Small Kitchen Rolling Cart Makeover.

So don't be shy about giving Hemp Oil a try. My only caution, from my experience, is that it doesn't do so well with an oil based stain.

I think the simple round chrome knobs work well with this piece.

Mid Century Modern Cedar Chest Makeover with chrome knobs

All the interior needed was a good cleaning.

Mid Century Modern Cedar Chest Makeover Interior

Mid Century Modern Chest Chest Before and After

I'm happy to report that this Mid Century Modern Cedar Chest has sold. Even better, it sold before I had a chance to list it. Love when that happens.

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