We came across this old cedar chest at an estate sale back in October.
Yes… I’ve had it that long. You’ll soon find out why.
Besides being filthy, I loved its chippy blue paint, and distressed edges.
Although I loved its current state, there is no way I could have sold it that way. So, out came the wash rags and the new paint.
I had just recently bought some Annie Sloan Antibes Green and I was dying to use it!
I’m not quite sure at what point I decided it was probably not the right color choice, but by the time I was done, it appeared that Kermit the Frog had bled all over my beloved cedar chest.
It was just too….. GREEN!
So, without wanting to layer on more paint, I decided to add a heavy coat of dark wax thinking it would tone down the green a bit…
It did tone it down, but… BLAH!!! It was just getting worse.
By this time, I had so many other pieces taking up the garage, that I decided to push this one to the side and rethink it.
Over the Christmas break, I was on a mission to make room for some new pieces. That meant this lovely green box was going to need a makeover.
So, I picked out one of my favorite colors, AS Chateau Grey, and painted on two coats.
Bye, bye Kermit! It was looking much better already!
Although it looked better, it also looked boring. I thought about painting the diamond white, but I just wasn’t feeling it. Then I thought about putting a design in the middle, but what? I even thought about Mod Podging some french fabric on it, but I couldn’t get the fabric cut in the perfect diamond shape… remember.. I’m math challenged.
So, I looked over and saw a little white rosette on my workbench, and A-HA! That was it! I got busy making rosettes.
And more rosettes.
It truly felt like a never ending process.
Finally, when I thought I had enough, I glued them on…
… into the shape of a heart.
I’m pretty sure I’ll need to add more since the perfectionist in me thinks it needs to be a bit fuller. Until then, it will make for the perfect place to stash all of our throw pillows at night!