Last week I shared with you an update on our Smith Mountain Lake house and promised to give you details on the cedar chest that we are using as a coffee table in our living room. Our friends weren’t using this handmade piece and generously gave it to us. Giving this cedar chest a makeover was a pleasure and for the wood purist out there, required no paint.
Our friends acquired this handmade piece at a charity dinner. It was made by Thomas A Johnson, a native of Ghana who studied wood technology and furniture design in Italy before moving to the United States in the early 1990s.
This piece was unfinished and only needed a few minor repairs: a piece of trim was loose and the key cover had come off.
After repairing the trim, I sanded it smooth and applied a light stain (Minwax Early American) followed by a sealer to protect the finish (General Finishes High Performance Satin). The last step was to reattach the key cover.
It now makes a great coffee table in the living room at the lake.
We filled the cedar chest with extra throw pillows and blankets. It’s so nice to be able to store these things when they aren’t being used.
I would love for you to pin this project to one of your boards on Pinterest for others to discover.
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