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18 Cedar Chest Makeovers: Paint Vintage Cedar Chests

Ideas for painting vintage cedar chests and recovering cedar chests with fabric seats. 

Just about everyone has a vintage cedar chest in their home or wishes they did. You may have inherited a beloved cedar chest from your mom or grandmother. Often the chests are filled with family heirlooms.

If you don’t have a cedar chest, you can find vintage Cavalier, Ed Roos, and Lane cedar chests at flea markets and thrift stores. The chests may be in great shape, or they could be a mess after years of use. It’s okay to paint these pieces, and I have a lot of ideas for you.

18 cedar chest makeovers  

Did these cedar chest makeovers inspire you to paint your cedar chest or something else? Which makeover was your favorite? Thanks for being here, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Use any good brand of paint that includes the primer or prime the chest first and then paint it. You say you want to paint it white but select a color that is not white white, definitely an off white without a yellow undertone. Compare paint chips at a home improvement store. Happy Painting.