I have a fascination for vintage typography and have a blast adding it to the pieces I work on. It was a goal of mine to do something fun on a chest of drawers, but when I found this cedar chest in a thrift store, I knew just what to do with it.
Well…this is how I found it.
Lookin’ pretty rough, isn’t it? Overall it was in structurally good shape, aside from a couple of feet that were damaged.
Really though, there’s oodles of potential, minus the busted foot. We’re talking about an Acme Chest made of red cedar. Not only is it a solid build,but also has real copper hardware = SCORE!! Goodwill had just set it out and it was meant to be mine with my 35% off coupon. tee hee hee.
Even my littlest was enjoying scoping out our new find.
Here’s what I found out after searching about this company:
“The Acme Chest Company of South Bend Indiana, originally founded in the early 1900’s, then on July the 4th, 1916 the plant was destroyed by a fire caused by fireworks. The company could not afford to rebuild, so was forced to close and never made another chest. Chest manufacturing was the primary business, and their motto was ‘An Acme must make well, or we will.’”
So cool, isn’t it? (not the fire…the story. tsk)
This month’s Themed Furniture Makeover Day theme is BLACK. This chest was perfect for the makeover. (my heart beats fast when I know I have a good one!)
First, after NINE 80 grit sanding pads later (yes, NINE!), I finally got down past that gunk on top and saw the beauty that lie beneath.
I wasn’t about to cover up that gorgeous grain, so I used boiled linseed oil, just like I did to revive my antique church pew.
No better way to bring out the rich color of the wood and accent the grain. Just look at the difference.
Then, once dry, I painted the base of the chest with two coats of DecoArt Chalky Finish in Carbon. I was pleased as punch to also topcoat it with my own furniture wax I mentioned in this French themed makeover. Then, it was time for my fun. tee hee hee.
I wanted to revive this piece with a little bit of history using a vintage typography advertisement. Using my transfer method, I put the image on and hand-painted in the details. This is my therapy. ♥
Without further ado, I’d like you to meet my vintage industrial typography chest…
Doesn’t it look sweet up against that faux brick wallpaper we recently used in our boy’s bedroom makeover?
I am so stoked with the outcome of this one. It’s fun, functional, and creates that awe of days gone by I was after, don’t you think?
Also, the black accentuates those awesome knots in the cedar, and how about that copper hardware? swoon…
I don’t know about you, but wouldn’t it be fun to see your mailman looking that dapper?
I think I will cry when it sells, but alas, this sweet piece is available in my shop. (update: SOLD!!) sniff, sniff. Then it just give me an excuse to find another, right?
Likewise, I hope you’ve enjoyed this makeover (and the vintage typography). In addition, I would love it if you pinned and shared.
Up next… A fun project for you! Grab your DIY attitude and come on over HERE.
Also, more makeovers like this vintage typography: