Are you ready for some furniture fun?! I am!! There’s nothing better than sharing your passion with like-minded folk. That’s why Furniture Fixer Uppers Day is one of my favorite times of the month. You’ll see my gal friends’ projects in a bit, but first I want to introduce you to my vintage blanket chest (aka. dog chew toy).
I’m going to be perfectly honest with you…I was mad I bought this. First, to defend myself, I did look at all the possible problems it may have: stink, damage (I was more concerned about the lid), functionality, etc. However, I somehow missed the one side and how badly chewed up it was. Eventually, the sting was softened by the fact I got to use my 35% off coupon at the thrift store. But…free and/or cheap almost always means WORK.
Another bonus is that it was a nice Lane cedar chest. Right? The top is damaged, but nothing I can’t handle.
However, the positives quickly fell to the wayside once I got started. Even my kids knew I was in for it after I showed them the damage report. My initial make-myself-feel-better thought was…”just pop the trim off and put new on”. Yeah, whatever. meh.
Pop, nothing! This beast was not solid wood, but rather veneer over particle board in most places, so that wasn’t happening. Best answer to that problem? Bust the whole thing off. bwahahaha!! aaaahhh…that felt SO good.
As you may notice, I also removed the pulls and filled the holes for new, plus took of those eyebrow looking pieces from the top two faux drawers. Looking better already!
Now come the head-smacking part. I now had to rebuild the entire base from scratch. Here is my work after getting it cut with my jigsaw and miter saw.
So…here lies said victim with new appendages and is belly up for the process. Super thankful for my Kreg Jig and drill to speed the job along.
Our end result is a like-new vintage blanket chest with cedar lining ready to get a whole new lease on life.
I sanded all the wood filler and damage with my sander and then prepped it for stain. My pick for stain was Java Gel, the same stain I used on my dining set in this post.
TIME FOR PAINT
That dark, rich color was perfect to give me the base color I was after. For the next step, it’s all about color. Check out this green! It’s name is Emerald Forest in an eggshell finish.
The paint goes on beautifully. Last, I let the first coat cure for 2 hours.
In all my years of doing furniture, I’ve always wanted to try to create a folk art piece that gave props to my Polish heritage. My goal was to try to create a piece that tells a story with my inspiration coming from the village of Zalipie.
Once the second coat cured, I started my hand-painted design.
That green base color was just the beginning of my color fun. Even though it took me many hours to paint each layer, it was such fun I didn’t even notice. Last, I lightly distressed once the paint cured. Likewise, after that I added a coat of black wax.
Finally, are you ready to see how my crazy adventure came together with this vintage blanket chest? You bet I am!
Is it bold? Yes. Is it fun? Yes. It totally turned out how I envisioned. The vibrant colors are what reminded me of the little Polish doll my grandfather gave me. Sadly, he passed when I was a year old and I didn’t get to know him. My grandmother (my babcia) also joined him in the heavenly realms not long ago. I miss her so.
Additionally, they traveled to the U.S.A. when my mother was twelve and I can’t thank them enough for making that journey. Imagine if her and my dad never met? Crazy how it all works out.
Likewise, I hope I captured a bit of the feel of the culture and created a piece that will be cherished for years to come.
Likewise, pin and share my vintage blanket chest makeover to inspire others to see past the dog chewed mess and see the potential that lies instead.
Up next, this thrifted cart is about to get a modern update. See the after HERE.
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