Cedar chests have such a sentimental appeal for me. They are something that you put cozy winter coats in, store leather baby shoes in, and that vintage dress of grandmother's. Cedar chests seem to store memories inside.
This Cedar chest came to us because, while the inside was doing it's job quite well, the outside had fallen into dis-repair. The veneer was damaged, peeling, and in some places missing. The finish was old and worn. It was straying dangerously into 'shabby' territory and needed some help coming back to 'beautiful' territory. We began our work by stripping all of the old, worn out finish off, using our brand-new water based stripping system.
The next step was to complete the repairs to the chest. The entire strip of gorgeous walnut burl veneer around the base had to be replaced. Our craftsman did a great job with that walnut, it turned out beautifully. There were also damaged areas of veneer on the top surface that had to be secured down, and a large discolored area where the veneer had a stain which we had to hide. Hiding discoloration is a very tricky task, but it came out looking very good on this particular piece.
Lastly, we applied a beautiful new stain and finish. The stain on this chest is a water based Pecan with a Satin sheen over the top. It is really a beautiful color choice for the piece. Because it is a lighter stain, the colors in the various types of wood are really able to shine through.
I think the outside of the cedar chest is now just as beautiful as the inside, and is now once again ready to house tangible memories for years and years to come.