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White Washed Antique Cedar Chest

I am a sucker for details.

When I was younger and asked my dad, “So why did the government shut down?” and my dad gave me the details… lots of details.  Details that went over my head.  Details that went in one ear and out the other.  Details that went on, and on… and on.

Or…

When I was younger and we’d go somewhere as a family, like a museum or craft show, we’d always end up losing my dad.  He was busy listening to, reading about, or talking to someone about the details.

Those aren’t the kind of details I like.

I’m talking about the details in antique furniture.  The kind of details you don’t see anymore.

The Rustic Pig: White Washed Cedar Chest

So, when I came across this antique cedar chest with amazing details, I just had to have it!

The Rustic Pig: White Washed Cedar Chest

I love this little paper insurance card that was glued to the inside of the cedar chest.  Another important detail!

I wanted those details to stand out, so I decided to paint the whole chest in Annie Sloan Louis Blue.

The Rustic Pig: White Washed Cedar Chest

Next, I watered down some Old White and white washed the entire chest.

The Rustic Pig: White Washed Cedar Chest

And of course this one begged to be distressed.  

Of course.

The Rustic Pig: White Washed Cedar Chest

After a good distressing, I waxed it with clear wax.

The Rustic Pig: White Washed Cedar Chest

Don’t you love the details?

Of course, I love my dad too.

He loves the other kind of details.  

He can’t help it.  

He’s an engineer.  

God bless engineers.  🙂

(Love you daddy!)

 

Much Love,

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Claire

My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!

      

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  1. LOL- Your Dad could probably tell you the whole history behind cedar chests! I LOVE your details…and the paint job really makes them pop- xo Diana
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  2. My brother was like that…(he’s in heaven now) and I swear you could not ask him a question, because you would be there all day! Love the chest and the wonderful distressing!

  3. OOhhh!! Dreamy details!! Yes, it did beg to be distressed . Now it pops.
    My dad was like your dad. He luved other details. The sort that went over my head… way over 🙂 The kind of guy that read the paper at breakfast all the way through. I dug out the store ads and the comics.. hahahaha.
    Great job with he trunk. LUV!
    Hugs, Gee

  4. What a beautiful old piece! Yup they sure don’t make em like they used to do they? Great color choice as well I must say.
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  5. What a beautiful old piece! Yup they sure don’t make em like they used to do they? Great color choice as well I must say.
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  6. Very cool old piece!!! Love the Insurance paper inside too…..that’s something you wouldn’t see on furniture today!
    Can’t wait for our Haven at Home link up next week!!!
    Have a great weekend.
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  7. What a great piece!! Nice job, Claire!~~Angela

  8. Hi Claire,

    Oh wow….love the story behind the artist ( You!)—I absolutely can see how the detail came to life with the white washing and painting…what a character piece…Love the piece it makes you think and wonder how much history that cedar chest has seen.

    I’m a realtor and love love seeing model homes decorated with “Old made New”

    Blessings

    Nicole

  9. Hi, just curious… did your chest have a veneer finish and did you remove it?

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