These cedar chest makeovers include two-tone paint finishes, whitewashed paint, re-covered fabric-topped chests, and heavily distressed or layered paint. To say I've painted a lot of cedar chests would be an understatement. Cedar chests are multi-functional. They can be used as coffee tables, blanket storage, foyer pieces, toy chests, behind-the-sofa storage, bedroom catch-all, etc. Painting or updating the chests to fit your decor is a must!
1. Green Cedar Chest
The first chest is a layered paint project. I layered green paint over black and then distressed the green paint. Green is one of my favorite colors, and back a few years ago, it was just about the only paint color I used.
2. Star chest
This is one of my favorites because it’s red. I antiqued the red paint and added iron stars to the front of the wood chest. I stole this technique from a friend when I lived in Florida. I don't know how many wood trunks and chests she painted red, antiqued, and added stars to.
3. Cedar Chest Painted Multiple Times
I bought this cedar chest over seven years ago and still have it. It was painted when I bought it, and I’ve painted it a bunch of times myself. It has been white, light green, and dark green. The chest is currently black, and we use it as a clothes catch-all in our bedroom. Do you guys have a place in your bedroom where you pile up clothing?
4. Tall Lane Cedar Chest
I bought this cedar chest at the Nashville Flea Market. It was a unique piece, tall and narrow compared to other chests. It had a Mid Century modern look. We added a shelf and scroll work to the piece. Looking at the photo, I see I ruined the Mid-Century vibe with that curvy wood detail. Too bad.
5. Pink Cedar Chest
I also added a scalloped wood detail to this chest. But that's okay because it was a plain chest to start with. It needed something. The wood detail was it. That happens when you buy about 10 of those at the flea market. The pink color is perfectly girly.
6. Cherry Red Vaseline Distressed Chest
This cedar chest not only got two layers of paint it got stenciled too. I used a pretty Martha Stewart Stencil.
7. Red Chest Painted For Behr Paint
I painted this project for Behr Paint, and the original post is on the Behr website in the Designer Series. That red is too pretty. The chest got a light distressing on the edges.
8. Topless Cedar Chest
In this post, you will learn how to stencil like a pro. Stenciling with more than one color on a design gives it depth and a designer look. The wood cedar chest came from my favorite junk shop. And it didn't have a top. I used Home Decor Chalk Finish on the chest.
9. Chest With Stained Top And New Knobs
This chest was a little bit country. I removed some of the curvy wood details and changed out the hardware. I painted the bottom white to accent the original stained finish of the top. Much better now.
10. Turquoise Cedar Chest
This is another layered paint project using Vaseline. I used red as the base color and turquoise for the top coat this time. No stencil this time.
11. Nice Neutral Color Chest
The neutral color I chose for this cedar chest would fit in any color scheme. It’s kind of taupe and kind of gray. I forgot the name of this color!
12. White And Distressed The Fun Way
What a fun project. I did a lot of work on this antique cedar chest. It had really pretty wood trim and I didn’t want to paint it. I painted the rest of the chest white and used a kitchen sponge and baby bottle brush to age the paint. Really.
13. Padded Cedar Chest Gets New Fabric
No paint here. This is my cedar chest the hubby and kids bought for me many years ago. The top is padded and I changed out the fabric (for the second time). Did you know you can remove the cedar chest tops and change that fabric? You can. I will show you how in this post.
14. Turquoise Cedar Chest with Metallic Gold Highlights
I had to think about the metallic highlights on the turquoise cedar chest for a while. I wasn't sure how they would look, so I added the highlights later. I couldn't stop!
15. Whitewashed Cedar Chest
You guys know how I love to whitewash paint, and the cedar chest would have been drab with just a coat of paint.
16. White Pedestal Cedar Chest
For this cedar chest, I also made a whitewash. The color I painted the chest was really light and the whitewash looks great over the color.
17. Heavily Distressed White Cedar Chest
This cedar chest had so much missing veneer that it just called for distressing!
18. Stenciled Cedar Chest
For the stenciled cedar chest, I used my favorite color combo, turquoise and orange.
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Author: Kathy Owen (Petticoat Junktion)
Kathy is the founder of PetticoatJunktion.com, a home décor blog focused on repurposing and upcycling furniture, old hardware, rusty stuff, and thrifty finds into unique home décor. Kathy’s projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Read more about Kathy here.
I loved the white ones and now if I ever get one I have plenty of ideas. I have looked and looked but nothing yet, thanks.
Each chest is beautiful y'all have done a great job.
We like the red chest at the foot of the bed, and we like the red chest with the added stars.
We have had an old Lane cedar chest for decades it had been my mother's "hope chest" bought at a roadside antique, furniture, junk seller by my grandmother in Hudson, Massachusetts in the mid 1950s.
I was a young guy my cool studio apartment in Brooklyn Heights, NY the cedar chest worked well provided great storage, etc. I had a new piece of veneer put on top and with furniture polish the chest looks beautiful.
Years later the cedar chest is out in the garage. After seeing your work, we plan to paint the chest, costal, nautical cedar chest, give it a whole new look.
We will send y'all a picture.
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Kathy, the white chest with the carved molding that you took off and then re-attached is my favorite from the list. In that tutorial you mentioned that you had used the same technique with the sponge and bottle brush for a jewelry chest makeover. I have a couple of jewelry chests waiting for me to change their looks and I wanted to see the one you did but I can't find it. Could you please send me a link to it?
The other cedar chest of your make-overs that I love is the green one that you stenciled on. I remember reading that tutorial when you did it and I tho't it turned out beautifully. You have a knack, dearie!
Hey Naomi, I mentioned that I used the same FolkArt paint on a jewelry box but you could totally do the sponge, brush, technique on a jewelry box.
As usual, I love your painted furniture. The red one is my favorite. I love the stars and red is my favorite color.
Thanks for all you share.