Sunday, October 24, 2010

Cedar Chest and/or bench

I am so excited to show you the bench I just finished!

Sometimes I wish I could keep all this furniture I am painting. But the goal is to be debt free and have a lot in savings.

I just tell myself that one day I will find another one and I can keep it to make me feel better.

I have showed you all what the bench looked like when I got it, and here it is again.


I didn't have to sand it down much since it was already raw wood or really veneer on top.

Some of the veneer was peeling and I just used Gorilla wood glue to glue it.


The gorilla glue bottle is actually has a multi purpose to it. Not only does it hold great wood glue inside of it that holds the wood together great, but it also serves as a holder downer (yep, that is the technical term). Once you place the glue under the veneer and need something to hold it down. You just place your glue bottle on top. :)

Thanks Gorilla glue!

Once I glued the top then i painted it the lovely haylcon Green color.

Why not one of the other blues I just got for free?

I don't know. I just felt like this piece needed to a little more punch of color to make a statement. 

So here it is with the Halycon Green color.


Eeek. Isn't it so cute?

Then I glazed it to show off the details.

And here is the finished product!


How cute is that?!!!!

I would love to use this to sit on this winter while I am putting on my winter boots and it can hold all the jackets, coats, gloves, and scarves in its chest.


A perfect cedar chest inside.

Then beautiful details on the outside.



So Chicagolanders, if you want this bench you better decide quick or I am going to find a place in my house.

I am posting to these parties.

38 comments:

Christina said...

Ugh toooo perfect!! I love it SO much! I really wish I lived near Chicago!! Great job :)

Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely said...

SO pretty!!! The color looks like sea glass. And the details are to DIE for! Fantastic job!

Susan said...

The cedar chest is beautiful!! I love the color you chose!!

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

Simply gorgeous!! Great color, it's going to go to some really lucky person.

Kristi said...

Oh, that's beautiful!! Wish I lived closer. :-)

~ The Speckled Dog

Suzanne@thriftstoredecorjunky said...

Lovely! Too bad I don't live in Chicago.

Jessica @ Take Two Designs said...

Love love love it!! I still can't believe it was FREE!! The best kind!!!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it's beautiful! those details really pop in the much prettier and softer color. i can totally see it filled with mittens, hats, and scarves! my grandparents had a chest like it that always had those items in it, and when we needed extras they were always there.

Sawdust and Paperscraps said...

Beautiful!

Chrissie said...

I really wish I lived in Chicago. I love this cedar chest! I am so jealous~ You did an excellent job, the glaze really accentuates the details so nicely!

simplyrebekah said...

I just this won't help at all, but... I can't believe you are giving this up!!!!! It is so beautiful!! I love it!

PS. I found your site off of a guest post/feature you did on MoneySavingMom.com. I am NOT a do-it-yourself type of person, but I found your writing voice to be so entertaining that I had to subscribe to your blog with my Google Reader. Your projects are amazing and your blog is highly entertaining. Thanks for sharing your art of fixing things up AND writing!

Allison said...

You did a wonderful job on this chest. Love the color and the detail is amazing. I have never seen a cedar chest with so much detail This would be nice at the foot of a bed to store extra blankets and pillows. It is beautiful!

Laura @ House of Thrifty Decor said...

Great job! Love your new bench. I hope you can stop by my blog and share your project with my followers. I am having my Show Off Sunday Party.

http://houseofthriftydecor.blogspot.com/2010/10/show-off-sunday-party_24.html

Nicole Jennings said...

This looks fantastic! I wish it was in my place :) Great job!!

Midwest Cottage said...

This is stunning. I love it! Gosh you were lucky to find a piece with all that detail. Looks so good painted!

liz@alittlepeaceofhome said...

wow! how adorable! i love the transformation!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

What a gorgeous piece! I love how ornate it is with all the carvings. You did a beautiful job with it!

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Love all the detail on this chest. Just beautiful! Love the color you chose, as well.

I lived in Chicago, for most of my life. Wish I was still there :)

Nice work!
~Michelle

Twincerely,Olga said...

wow!! just gorgeous!!!I would have a hard time parting w that too!!! stopping by from SitS!!!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

I have a weakness for cedar chests, and yours is to-die-for! You did a great job.

Joselyn said...

Beautiful job! The detail on this chest is amazing! I don't think I could part with it though.

High Street Cottage said...

It's beautiful. Makes me wish I lived in the windy city again, so I can purchase it from you. I love how it fits perfectly near your staircase. Very very good job on that!

Lacey said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Pam @ diy Design Fanatic said...

What a gorgeous chest! ...so much detail! I think I need to go visit my mother in law in Chicago!!!

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martha said...

I live in the western suburbs.... am wondering what the price is.... please email!

cottagebeachhouse said...

Great bones on this piece of furniture. I love the color you chose for it. Nice job!

Deanna Jane (cullenkidsmum) said...

Very pretty!

Christa @ Stories of a House said...

It is gorgeous! Did you use spray paint? I love it. I hope you'll link it up on Monday to my party.
Christa

Chris said...

The color is lovely. I wish I was near Chicago! Well done.

Erin said...

So, I really do miss ya'll living next door, but I think if you still did, I would be buying all of the cute furniture that you paint. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this chest. And if you were next door it would be mine!!!

Serendipity Chic Decor said...

Wow...The detail in that piece is exquisite....Great find.

Jenni said...

I SO love this. If I were closer I would be tempted to take it home with me. I love the detail and the color is fabulous!

Jenni
House of White

Beckie said...

ABSOLUTELY beautiful!!!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Hi Katie, Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it! I'll be featuring this today - stop by and grab a feature button if you like. Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

malia said...

Yep this is downright gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining us at A Crafty Soiree... you are so talented (-:
Hope to see you tomorrow!

Casa de Mask said...

Wow...so beautiful!!

Stacey said...

Holy smokes that turned out sooo amazing! I never would have thunk it from the before picture. Great job...I'd keep it : ) Nice to meet you...found you from Tatertots & Jello. Stacey