At first I did not recognize this beautiful cedar chest. I was walking through the shop the other day, and saw this trunk and thought to myself 'huh, I wonder where that 3rd cedar chest came from', Then all of a sudden it hit me, This beautiful chest, with the wonderful smelling cedar and the many knots in the wood had once been covered in paint! I am so excited now to see the look on the owner of this chest's face when she sees it, all stripped and sanded and pretty. Looking at the 'before' picture below, I wonder why anyone paints such beautiful wood. I know there is a time and place for painted wood, such as, when there has been burn damage, or when the wood itself in completely unremarkable and boring. But with beautiful wood like this, I think it should never be covered in paint. Of course, that is just my opinion. You are entitled to think whatever you want. Perhaps you should tell me in the comments below, just what you think of painted wood like this.