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Mid Century Modern Cedar Chest {REmakeover} | The Interior Frugalista

September 1, 2015

Mid Century Modern Cedar Chest {REmakeover}

Hi guys, remember the MCM Cedar Chest Makeover From Hell that I shared last week?  Well after walking away from it for 24 hours I was able to come back to that hot mess with refreshed eyes and a much calmer demeanor.

So today I bring you the Mid Century Modern Cedar Chest REmakeover after stripping the paint and stain from the entire front and starting again from scratch.

MCM Cedar Chest after a REmakeover

It was worth the extra time and effort because I was able to get a much nicer finish on the dark walnut stain *(affiliate link) and a crisp edge on the white painted triangle.

Can you see the difference between the picture above and the picture below?  

Below was after my feeble attempt at fixing the hemp oil mishap.  Not terrible until you saw it up close and personal, yucky!

MCM Cedar Chest from hell after attempting to fix mishap

  Here is a close-up...

MCM Cedar Chest after attempting to repair stain mishap

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

MCM Cedar Chest  dark walnut stained After

Big difference eh!

Here is a close-up of the chalk painted triangle where the hemp oil stain goo ran down into the paint and my feeble attempt at fixing it...

MCM Cedar Chest after attempting to repair paint damage

...and here it is after stripped and repainted.

MCM Cedar Chest chalk painted triangle After

Much Better!

After reading your awesome comments, I realized I might have scared some of you off from ever giving Hemp Oil a try.


Hemp Oil is an awesome product and I'm not being paid to say that.  It worked beautifully on the chalk painted sections of the chest.  Here is a close up...

MCM Cedar Chest painted and stenciled top After

I've since used it on two more chalk painted pieces and the finish is fabulous.  Like clear wax, it deepens the paint color but...

wave your hands in the air and start doing the happy dance

...there is no buffing!  Just a wipe with a clean cloth to remove the excess oil and that is it!

It also works fabulously on old wood.  I was amazed at how it restored the wood on my Antique Radio Cabinet.

So I urge you to give Hemp Oil *(affiliate link) a try. The only caution, from my experience, is that it doesn't like a fresh stain.

I like the simple round chrome knobs with this piece.

MCM Cedar Chest Makeover with chrome knobs

On the interior, all it needed was a good cleaning.

MCM Cedar Chest Makeover inside

This is what the cedar chest looked like when I first got it...

MCM Cedar Chest Makeover BEFORE

I'm quite pleased with its transformation.

MCM Cedar Chest Makeover AFTER

Here is a link to my MCM Cedar Chest Makeover From Hell post in case you missed it.

I'm happy to report that since the REmakeover, the MCM Cedar Chest has SOLD!  Better yet, it sold before I listed it.  Love when that happens!

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