When it's been in the family
furniture becomes sentimental.
Sometimes there are pieces
that you know you need to keep
and even want to keep,
but they are just a little worn and dated
and need a "pick-me-up".
Grandma Pat Hemje
received this Lane Cedar Chest
when she was 16.
Now it has a home with her son's family.
So we decided it should bear the family name.
The body of the chest was painted white with camel shade.
The lid was stripped and stained,
first applying wood conditioner,
then Early American Minwax
with black paint on the edges.
For the sealer, I used semi-gloss polyurethane
mixed with just a tiny bit of paint thinner.
Cut a square of foam,
fold in half,
dip in poly mix,
and brush on full stroke
with the grain.
Then for the stamp,
I worked the design in Photoshop,
flipped the text,
and printed on paper
so that I could do a mod podge transfer.
I should have used gray instead of black.
Because after application I decided to go for a softer look.
That's okay - I just painted over the transfer.
Then using a liner brush,
painted in the text
and dry brushed over in cream.
The simple design
makes it a piece of furniture
that can live in any room.
So maybe you have something that is a little drab
and needs a "pick-me-up".
It's so fun what a little paint and stain can do!
I paint everyday
and still never get tired of seeing fun paint changes!