Remember my grandfather’s mid-century Lane cedar chest? Well here’s what’s happened to it since I wrote that post…
My parents came to visit and my dad helped remove the mid-century style base that I wasn’t crazy about. He had to break the curved part between the front legs to do so, but it was a clean break so it could be salvaged.
Without the base, the cedar chest was missing necessary stability. We attached a solid pine board underneath the drawer and drilled for screw-in spindle legs I picked up at Home Depot. I tried spindle legs and bun feet before deciding on vintage style casters. This is such a heavy piece I want to be able to move it around easily as needed and the casters are perfect.
The color didn’t seem quite right to me so I brushed on a little General Finishes “Basil” Milk Paint and it was fantastic! It’s such a soft sage green that blends so much better with my home decor. I also changed the knobs out for library card catalogue reproduction handles. I’ve always loved them and they give this chest a unique look! I hope to use this in a guest room someday since it holds all our spare linens. It’s been a long transformation process, but this cedar chest has been given a completely new life.
What about the old legs/base that we removed? I couldn’t possibly throw that away since it was perfectly good, just not the style I wanted. All we had to do was screw the base into a pine board (didn’t even need it cut since it came in the perfect size for only $15) and use a bit of wood glue to help fix the clean break mentioned above. I sanded the edges smooth and stained the top black cherry. Not only is the cedar chest a style that’ll match my home, but I also built a mid-century coffee table out of the salvaged base. Someone will appreciate the style and put this unique piece to good use. Why throw away when you can re-imagine and reuse? It’s what I’m all about.