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Cedar Chest Repairs And Choosing The Right Red

Cedar Chest Repairs And Choosing The Right Red

I may not paint a lot of things red but it’s one of my favorite colors. I think I’ve mentioned before that I get the love of red from my Mom. She loves bright colors, just like me. We love fuchsia too. I had this cedar chest that needed a lot of love and we took care of it.

adding a Escutcheon

Red Cedar Chest

The paint color is “No More Drama” from Behr paint. The red isn’t too blue or too orange. Just right. I really don’t like an orangey red.

Making Cedar Chest Repairs And Painting It Red

The chest is sitting at the foot of the bed in the guest room and holds a few of my vintage quilts.

cedar chest before paint and repairs

This is the cedar chest before it got beautified.

Cedar Chest Repairs

missing veneer

It had missing veneer and all kinds of problems.

nails everywhere

There was a lot of damage to the base and someone had used an excessive number of nails. The JTS removed the extras and did what he could with the base. I wasn’t worried about the missing veneer. I like to distress those areas.

cleaning with Simple Green

I use Simple Green to clean my furniture pieces.

Beautiful cedar interior

The beautiful cedar inside was in good shape.

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one coat of paint

Painting The Chest

One coat of paint covered it pretty well but I always apply two coats.

second coat of paint

Coat number two.

distressing paint

I distressed the paint by hand using 100 grit sandpaper.

applying Howard's Feed n Wax to darken distressed areas

The distressed wood always has a raw look and I wiped over those areas with Howard’s Feed n Wax. See how the wax darkens the wood?

cedar chest lid hinges

Adding Missing Hinges

Next we replaced the lid hinges that were missing. Did you know there is a left hinge and a right hinge? I didn’t. Just makes sense I guess. Good thing I noticed that when shopping for the hinges at Home Depot.


The JTS put the hinges on for me.

left and right hinges for cedar chest lid

We were able to use the original screw holes but had to turn the hinges around to get them to fit. The holes were too close to the lid lip for the hinge to fit properly. The hinges worked just fine the way we positioned them.

drilling holes for keyhole

The keyhole was also missing. I found an escutcheon in my hardware stash to cover the hole. I just needed to drill a couple of screw holes.

adding a Escutcheon

That looks much better than the big old hole. It’s not a working keyhole but that’s okay.

cedar chest quilt storage

The chest is pretty big and holds a lot of quilts.

distressed and aged paint

Those areas with the missing veneer look great distressed.

Making Cedar Chest Repairs And Painting It Red 1

The perfect project for the Christmas holidays. Do you guys like the red? Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a couple of RosaAnne angels I made this week. See you then!

Products used in this project:
Behr Ultra Plus Interior Paint & Primer – No More Drama, Home Depot
Howard’s Feed n’ Wax
Simple Green
Lid Hinges/Left & Right
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Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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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. I luv luv luv luv luv luv luv this red box.
    I found it while I was Googling Behr No More Drama as I was looking through paint chips at Home Depot. Saved it! Now I’m looking around for a box that catches my eye to paint it red!

  2. Love the red! What a great find! I like the trim pieces on the front! I haven’t seen a chest with that before. I didn’t know there was a right or left hinge either.