Sunday, August 18, 2013

Federal Blue Chest

I got this Lane Cedar chest from an auction back in April for $1!  The inside was in perfect condition, but the outside--not so much.
I originally sanded down the top in the hopes of staining it.  I did stain it, but there were very deep scratches that made it so I had to paint it.  

I painted it with two coats of Federal Blue Safe Paint (milk paint for walls) from The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. and distressed with a fine sanding sponge.  I found that this paint, once sanded, shows a neat texture to the piece if you sand vertically and horizontally.I was going to leave it all the blue, but you could still see the scratches on the top under the paint.  I taped off the pattern with 2" painters tape around the edge and 1" in the middle and painted with the Valspar Churchill Hotel Vanilla to hide the scratches.I also painted the back because I think this chest could be used as a coffee table.  The paint even stuck to the metal hinges!
The back was stamped and I love the way it looks painted.

Honestly I hadn't planned on painting the chest this color and was pretty nervous with how bold the color is. I think the cream color on top helped tone it down. Luckily it did sell--I wonder if maybe it was used as a toy box in a little boy's room.

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  1. Love the color and what a steal - $1.00... It would certainly be perfect in a little guys room...have a great week...

  2. I love the color! I have never tried milk paint. I just might have to now!

  3. I don't normally like blue but this is really nice-love dee x

  4. Beautiful color. I have three boys and we would definitely put in their room :) I found your site on the Bebetsey party and wanted to invite you to my weekly linky party Share Your Stuff Tuesdays. It's live now..hope you can join us!

  5. Hi Susan, I found you through Redoux Interiors. I love the remake. I keep telling my honey that COLOR is in; he is a natural wood kind of person and just doesn't understand the trends. Have a blessed day!

  6. What a pretty color blue and I love the two tone on the top. Great makeover. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  7. That is the best spent $1 dollar bill in history! looks fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing this fabulous and budget friendly redo at the Fluster Buster Party! I'm co-hosting today, have a great week, Lizy

  8. $1!?!? Wowza! I need to go to those auctions!

  9. WOW!! Amazing purchase and I love that style! It has such a funky look!

  10. It looks amazing! I'm hosting a giveaway for $100 in throw pillows at my blog. You should swing by and enter!

  11. So so pretty! And it was only $1?! Such a steal! I love the colors that you used too!

    I would love for you to share this (and any other post!) at my Life of the Party link up! It just opened! Im going to poke around your blog a little more. :)

  12. I love this! $1 is crazy! I need to find some of these auctions asap! Thanks for sharing at Domestic Superhero!

  13. This piece - as a whole - is pretty unique. I love the color you choose!

  14. Such a fun color for a boys room. It reminds me of Greek Blue. I also love finding little details on pieces of furniture. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

  15. Oh you had me a $1. WHAT A STEAL! Great job! Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)!

  16. Only $1 - awesome! And so pretty now! I agree, it would make a great coffee table with the added bonus of storage!


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