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Lane Cedar Chest ~ Crackle Paint Tutorial

There is nothing better than getting together with a few friends to do what you love, right? Today is Furniture Fixer Uppers day and my blogging friends and I have some fun for you. This vintage Lane cedar chest is about to be given the help it needs along with some lovin’ too. Stick around to see my friend’s projects and enter to win the giveaway as well. Let’s get our DIY on!

Vintage Lane Cedar Chest Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

One of my furniture addictions are blanket chests, also known as hope chests. The offer style and function since they serve as seats and storage. Who could ask for more? I was gifted one as a graduation/birthday gift and still fill it with my treasures. The ones that are cedar lined like this one make it even more special.

Cedar Lined Lane Blanket Chest | prodigalpieces.com

This one not only had the original tags, but was also filled with broken glass and all sorts of blucky stuff. It also had been a dog chew toy. The top is in awful shape as well. Dingy, stained, and just not pretty.

Upholstered Lane Cedar Chest Upholstery | prodigalpieces.com

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DIY TIME

My first order of business was to remove that cushion and take off that nasty upholstery. Nothing better than having the right tools to make the job easier. This staple puller has rescued me before when I did my hutch desk, and it does the job again.

Upholstery Staple Puller by Arrow | prodigalpieces.com

If you’ve ever done upholstery, you know how tedious it can be to get all those staples out. In this instance, there’s not just one layer of upholstery, but TWO. Totally typical. ahem. How many of you remember that 1980’s fabric? hahaha.

Vintage Lane Cedar Chest Upholstery | prodigalpieces.com

The second layer had 3 times as many staples, but that puller made it a breeze. I did launder and keep the second fabric to donate to a needy cause . No sense to waste it. I’ll get back to the upholstery in a bit.

Now it’s time for base of this Lane cedar chest to get some lovin’ too. First, I removed the broken pulls, and replaced the missing wooden plugs. Then, I filled all the dog chewed marks with wood filler and sanded them down with my sander.

TIME FOR PAINT

Time for some paint! Since I’m going for a cottage style with crackle, I chose to do a base coat of dark gray so it would peek out my top layer. My Stubby Brush made short order of that.

One coat done and let cure. I’m loving that gray already, don’t you?

First Coat of Gravel Gray on Blanket Chest by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The fun doesn’t stop here, however. To get the crackle finish I’m after, I use the crackle compound on top of my base coat. The trick is to apply it heavy enough that it will do what you want it to, but not so heavy it runs. Kinda like a thick jelly when applying. No problem to do.

Applying Crackle Finish to Cedar Chest | prodigalpieces.com

BACK TO UPHOLSTERY

While the crackle dries, it’s time to get back to the upholstery. This all came together in such a blessed way. While online shopping I quickly picked out these knobs on Amazon having no idea how I was going to finish this piece. Originally, I was just going to use some fabric from my stash, but decided to stop by the fabric section at WalMart and found the perfect match made by Waverly. Isn’t that awesome?!

Knobs and Upholstery for Cedar Chest Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

After replenishing the foam and adding more batting, I stapled it all on with my favorite cordless stapler. My upholstery work time is cut in half by that thing. Woot!

Stapling Upholstery with Ryobi AirStrike | prodigalpieces.com

FINISHING UP

It’s time for the topcoat. {{happy dance!}} When applying this coat it’s important to lay it on heavy and do crosshatch strokes if you want much crackling. Also, don’t back-brush over previously painted strokes as it will disturb the crackling process. See how it starts to crackle instantly? So fun!

Applying Haint Blue to Lane Chest by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

If you know me, I like to draw attention to details, so I grabbed my artist’s brushes and gave this Lane cedar chest some dimension.

Painting Details on Ornate Carvings on Lane Cedar Chest | prodigalpieces.com

Let all cure and then add the upholstered top back on and attach the knobs. I also removed the lock for safety reasons.

Cottage Style Lane Blanket Chest with Crackle Finish by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Vintage Blanket Chest with Cedar Lining by Lane ~ Refinished by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

To add even more dimension, I used dark wax to highlight the nooks and crevices. It helps all the details pop and stand out. Much more fun that way.

Crackle Paint Finish by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Lane Chest with Cottage Style by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The cedar inside is in excellent shape and the fact that it has the original tags and paperwork is pretty cool too.

Cedar Lined Blanket Chest by Lane ~ Refinished by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

ALL DONE

The fact that this Lane cedar chest came together without much planning has me pretty stoked. So exciting when you see your project coming to life before your eyes. The crackle is what makes it for me. Gives it that time-worn appeal I love and I didn’t have to wait 100 years! haha.

Haint Blue Blanket Chest with Crackle Paint by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

And who doesn’t love some roses. They are the perpetual flower that swoons most anyone – especially in pink.

Basket of Pink Roses in Cottage Style Bedroom by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigapieces.com

I must say it looks good in my bedroom too, don’t you agree? If I had the room I’d keep it for my girls. They love it! However, that won’t happen any time soon, so this newly created piece is now available in my online shop. (SOLD)

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What a difference! This vintage Lane cedar chest looks amazing with the new cottage style look. Come see how to get the crackle finish with tutorial by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Comments

  1. Christina in FL says

    Wow, that crackle finish is magnificent! You found the perfect knobs and fabric. Way to go!

  2. Deb says

    That chest is so pretty! I have an old 70’s style metal chest I am going to redo, thanks for the ideas!

  3. Terry says

    Your cedar chest turned out great! I love looking at your transformation,so inspiring!

  4. ColleenB.~Texas says

    Actually the stand that our large screen is sitting on needs a good make-over so that is on the top of my list.
    Always been wanting to try the Dixie Belle paints but just couldn’t afford it.
    Thank U 4 this wonderful giveaway opportunity

  5. Paula says

    Lane Furniture was made just down the road from me in Altavista, Virginia. It was a sad day for many folks when that plant shut down.
    I love what you did with this piece! The crackle finish makes the paint look old and the pulls combined with the fabric give it a romantic look, perfect for a girl’s room.
    I started a makeover of a Lane chest that my husband had when we got married and never finished it. If I won, I’d finish that makeover!

    • Larissa says

      Yes, so sad. I remember. 🙁 Thanks for the love, Paula! 😀

  6. Jewell says

    Good job! Love it! I would redo a dry sink with the crackle paint.

  7. Daniel Pearson says

    I would love to try Dixie bell paint . I can’t afford it so would be excited and grateful to win it!

  8. Claudine says

    Just gorgeous! I love that Haint Blue. 🙂

  9. Alison S says

    I have a table and chairs I’d like to paint.

  10. Mother Deer says

    Your project is perfect! I love the way that it works with the bedding in the photo. I would use the paint to upcycle some jewelry boxes that I’ve been collecting 🙂

  11. Karen Reeves says

    The chest looks fabulous. I love crackle finishes on furniture. The fabric & knobs are the icing on the cake. Great job,

    • Larissa says

      I do too and loved it when it was popular a few years ago. This method is easier.

  12. Queen of Rods says

    Lovely! I would use the paint on some wooden jewelry boxes.

  13. Lissa Lance says

    Looks fantastic, too flowery for my taste, but definitely inspiring! And the crackle finish looks amazing!

  14. Debra Wise says

    Absolutely breathtaking! Love, love, love it. The crackle, color, and painted flower is so gorgeous. Amazing job as always. I wish I had your talent. You are such an inspiration!

  15. kandice says

    woah that came out amazing! love the soft blue and the crackle!

  16. Judy M says

    Been wondering what to do with two old cedar chests. This finish might work for one of them. Thanks for the inspiration.

  17. Maureen Clipperton says

    Your blanket chest turned out awesome! I’d paint my office desk.

  18. Tera says

    What a great addition to a beautiful room. The entire room is just gorgeous.
    If I had the paint I would paint my guest room headboard.

  19. Carolyn J Kiser says

    This is beautiful!

  20. Kathy Wells says

    Beautiful. Your color choices, fabric and hardware were perfect. I have several blanket chests waiting to be worked on. I may have to try the crackle finish.

  21. Colette says

    Very pretty! I like the fabric and the way you painted the raised flowers on the front of the chest.

  22. Rachel says

    I love the handwork you did on the flowers. Gorgeous!

  23. Jane says

    Larissa, this transformation is truly amazing! I have a “thing” for cedar chests and wish I could save all of them! I have not tried to crackle anything in over 20 years and I would love to try this product.

    • Larissa says

      I’m right there with you! They are such wonderful pieces in so many ways. Yes, crackle is back in and even easier to do! yay!

  24. Kimberly says

    What a great change! To me this piece, even if it had been pristine was very dated. I would have sort of pushed it off out of sight in my house. Now it is definitely worthy of pride of place.

  25. Marie says

    Oh Larissa, what you did with this cedar chest is absolutely beautiful! From the paint color to the pretty fabric (Wal-Mart of all places), the knob choice is perfection, and your personal touch just brings all these elements together. LOVE it!

    • Larissa says

      I know…WalMart. (say whaaaat??) Thank you for the love, Marie!

  26. Gilmer Gal says

    !!!!!! Love that you gave some color to the florals! A beautiful piece and another fun project. Thanks! for the inspiration

  27. Karen says

    Larissa that chest turned out gorgeous! I love coming here and seeing the beautiful things you create.

    • Larissa says

      I’m so happy that you enjoy your visits here, Karen. Thank you!

  28. Karen Baumgardner says

    I wasn’t sure about that floral fabric and knobs, but it all looks beautiful..as always!

  29. Jana Hodge says

    I receive your daily emails and you put a smile on my face with every single one of them…You are such an inspiration…This chest is “AWESOME”…There again I would have never thought “Crackle” on this piece, but going back to my second sentence, “You are such an inspiration”…Thank you for sharing your ideas and techniques…I really need to try some Dixie Belle Paint…Beautiful Colors….Thank You So Much…

    • Larissa says

      I could just hug you, Jana. Thank you for making my work worth sharing. Hugs!! {{big ones!!}}

  30. Donna Gonzalez says

    I love crackle finishes. Seems like they were out of fashion for awhile. Glad to see you using them and making them look gorgeous!

    • Larissa says

      They were and they’re back with a vengeance. haha!! Thank you, Donna!

  31. jan says

    Love your make-ove. I have a kichen hutch that would look awesome with this paint.

  32. Bonnie says

    Beautiful job! We have in our family 3 lane chests. Now I know what to do with mine, thanks for the inspiration.

  33. Sue Pagels says

    I didn’t think I was going to be a crackle fan on this piece, but it turned out great with the waxing!

  34. Jolinda says

    What a change. It is so sweet looking now.

  35. Carol San Diego says

    Love the detail paint on the front motif!

  36. Mary says

    Lovely job, as usual! I must try that paint. the colors look amazing.

  37. Angela W says

    I have plenty of projects I’d like to try that paint on! 🙂

  38. Judy Martin says

    I have a several things I would love to do,,,, I need to do with that paint and I love how the chest turned out..sweet love roses my bed room has roses to~~

  39. Fonda Rush says

    The crackle finish is quite a bonus! And matching knobs and fabric is amazing! Love your project. I would paint a small shelf that would go into the guest room. Yellow.

  40. Jonnie says

    I would paint our entryway bench

  41. Carol Claremont says

    We are in the middle of re-doing our great room, which is kitchen, dining room and family room. Everything has to be budget friendly so we pretty much doing one project at a time. We installed ship lap on one big wall in family room and are in the process of replacing old baseboards and crown molding to moldings that will look better with the ship lap. Our harvest table in kitchen/dining room desperately need paint, along with 8 chairs and china cabinet. Hope to at least get walls painted before Thanksgiving since we are having family over. New look is a more country/farmhouse look as we live in a rural area.

  42. Jenifer says

    Beautiful I love your work. Crazy what some paint can do!

  43. Linda Butler says

    great giveaway ! ! !

  44. pam roever says

    That is really pretty. Do you have to sand before you use this paint? How would it hold up on kitchen cabinets?

  45. Kyle says

    I would paint a coffee table with lots of detail.

  46. Carrie says

    Beautiful transformation with that paint!

  47. EdyB says

    Beautiful chest! Now I want to re-do mine!

  48. wendy hutton says

    I have an old wooden trunk of my grandfathers that I woul dlove to redo, it must be about 75 yrs old but still solid he had it in WWII

  49. Terri Hughes says

    WOW…….you turned a ugly duckling into a beautiful swan. I love the smell of cedar!

  50. Kitty says

    Google Lane Chests and get a key to the lock………
    There have been issues w/ kids getting into the chests
    and not being able to get out ! Just a safety precaution.
    The back of my chest has a slot in which to keep the key !
    Love how your chest turned out 🙂

    • Larissa says

      Yes, we have been trying to find one. It doesn’t lock, so we have done all we can.

  51. CINDY BROADBENT says

    Wow, that is gorgeous! I definitely want to give this paint a try. I have an old armoire in my bedroom (little mirrored door, drawers beloe & large door to the right) that I am dying to paint, but I can’t decide on a color. On the large door, there is a panel missing (most of the door) & previous owner has a fabric “curtain” there. I was thinking of getting two pieces of wood, then painting & stenciling or painting a simple design for each season. I just have to figure out how to paint in the house without the 4 cats walking on fresh paint! lol

    • Larissa says

      You will LOVE it!! Sounds like a fun project. I hear ya about the cats!!

  52. Patty Soriano says

    ooooh, cute! cute! cute! I’m not a big fan of crackling, but I love what you did with this chest. Would love to try the paint, thank you for the chance — I need to paint an old pine fern stand.

  53. Pamela says

    OMG! I love this, I love how you detailed all the flowers. You need to do a tutorial. I would love to try Dixie Belle paint and the crackle, you should carry it in your store. Wish I had room also, love it.

    • Larissa says

      So fun to hear, Pamela. Thank you! It was pretty easy, just layering colors.

  54. Angie Foster says

    I always love your projects!!! I would love to win!

  55. Staci says

    So pretty! I want to do a Craigslist armoire I just got and a friend was recommending this paint. I have zero experience, but I’m gonna try!

  56. Leisa says

    I love a crackle finish and what an easy way to do it! Beautiful!

    • Larissa says

      It’s baaaack!! I love crackle, and the new way of application makes it so easy.

  57. Mary Kaiser says

    That turned out beautiful, thanks for the chance to win me some of that paint. I have never used that paint so it would be fun to try it.

  58. Gail Bigelow says

    I have a blanket chest very similar to the one in your demonstration. You’ve provided me with inspiration to get moving on the project. I’m on my way to order Dixie Bell paint, now what color is my next conundrum………. Thanks for the inspiration!

  59. Kaycee says

    Larissa, I love how everything about this blanket chest came together, the crackle paint, fabric, knobs. and hand painting the accent applique it’s just gorgeous!

    • Larissa says

      I’m so happy you love it too, Kaycee. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Thanks so much!

  60. Rebecca Drake says

    I love the color and the applique matches the fabric perfectly. Beautiful job!

  61. Brandy Jones says

    Wonderful redo! That chest is similar (but prettier) than one we have that was given to us. You’ve given me a few ideas on what’s i can do with it.

  62. Bonnie says

    Larissa, I actually want to paint a chest in my bedroom that’s very similar to the one that you painted in your tutorial and I want to use mine to hold linens and blankets. I love yours and especially the way that you hand painted the flower design on the front! I also need to paint a display shelf and another small shelf in my bathroom which is due to be remodeled beginning next week. I would love to win the contest because I can certainly put the paints to good use!

    • Larissa says

      Your project piece sounds like the perfect candidate for Dixie Belle. Hope you win!

  63. Terri Tervort says

    So lovely! I love the soft colors on the floral carvings. Great job as always. I’d love to try Dixie Bell paints!

  64. Penny says

    Love the chest & all the colors. I have quite a few pieces of furniture that I would love to paint with Dixie Belle paint.
    Thanks for the giveaway

  65. Kayla Starr says

    Fabulous makeover… it’s beautiful!! The color with the floral print is stunning!! I tried reupholstering over the summer and fell in love!! Though I saw a Dixie Belle Video about painting fabric …. I have 3 chairs (from like a dr. Office or something. Has the retro fish and everything!) and a foot rest I am dying to try that on!!!

    • Larissa says

      I know what you mean! It’s an addictive hobby for sure. Challenging, but so fun!

  66. Kathy Owen says

    I love the blue, and the knobs, and all the decorative details! 🙂

  67. Charlene says

    Absolutely beautiful !!!

  68. Anita Ellison says

    Great job on the cedar chest, I love the color you selected to crackle. Thanks for sharing!

  69. Kat Emerick says

    I love the cedar chest! I am going to redo an armoire.

  70. Dee says

    It turned out so super cute better than it ever was in it’s entire life what a happy piece! One of the things I love about your blog post is that you always share your resources that means a lot to me when I’m trying to think about new products to use, and new equipment to make my fit easier. I trust you, and appreciate you!

  71. amanda whitley says

    i love your makeover! i would paint a bookcase we got from the thrift store.

  72. Isadora Guidoni says

    What a fun makeover! I love that crackled look, so chic and stylish! Thanks for sharing the details!

  73. Arrow Fastener says

    Thanks for using our staple puller, Larissa! Glad it could speed up the project for you!

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