Sharing all the tips & tricks for an awesome & easy DIY cedar chest makeover with chalk paint including before & after pictures.
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Easy DIY Red Cedar Chest Makeover
*this post is sponsored by Wise Owl Synthesis Chalk Paint for providing me with a can of chalk synthesis paint, a tin of furniture wax & an amazing Cling on paint brush & contains affiliate links for more information check out my disclosure page HERE*
Cedar Chest Before
I chose to paint the cedar chest that we keep in our master bedroom.
The cedar chest was originally my Great Grandmother Nana Kay’s & at some point it had been painted blue.
My mom gave it to me soon after we were married & I have loved storing homemade quilts, baby blankets & anything else we want to preserve in there.
When our first puppies were little they definitely did a number on one of the claw feet and I have been telling Jason for years that I wanted to paint it!
Cedar Chest Makeover Paint Color
I chose the Wise Owl Synthesis Chalk Paint Republic Red color because I thought it would match the other pops of red we have in the master bedroom and all over my house.
Painting with Chalk Paint
I started by lightly sanding the chest where the blue paint had been chipping off for years.
This was my first time painting with chalk paint (What?!) & I absolutely loved it & will absolutely be using chalk paint again.
There is almost no prep work (Yay!), it coats imperfections really well & it dries super quickly!!!
I also loved that I could paint the chest in the middle of our master bedroom using just a drop cloth to protect my pine floors & my farmhouse didn’t smell like a chemical factory.
I didn’t have to take this piece of furniture out to the garage like every other piece of furniture we redid.
Here’s a little more about Wise Owl Synthesis Chalk paint according to their site…
“Wise Owl Chalk paint is free of harsh chemicals and solvents. Our versatile paint is zero VOC, we offer solvent free waxes made from local beeswax, and hemp seed oil produced without unnecessary fillers or preservatives. We would like our consumers to feel good about painting and be able to do so without compromising health or the environment to do so.”
The above pic is after one of coat of wise owl republic red. I then added a second coat of the Republic Red Chalk Paint.
It covered over the chipped & chewed sections of the chest perfectly!
I also loved, I do mean loved:) the cling on paint brush they sent.
I have used many brushes through the years & this brush was easy to hold painted well & cleaned up very easily.
I then added two coats of the hemp oil furniture wax with an old diaper cloth to help protect the red paint of our cedar chest makeover.
I hope this inspires you to give your cedar chest a makeover with chalk paint!
by Tara Lehman
Sharing my DIY cedar chest makeover as part of the Create & Share challenge hosted by Stephanie who blogs at Casa Watkins.
Don’t forget to stop by my friends posts to check out what they created using Wise Owl Synthesis Chalk Paint!!!
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The Twin Cedars ~ Chalk Paint Furniture Flip
Our House Now A Home ~ Wall Paper Organizer
Lehman Lane ~ Cedar Chest Makeover
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The Weathered Fox ~ Charging Station
Casa Watkins ~ DIY Aztec Art
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The chest look great Tara! And I love that it is a family heirloom! Red is a beautiful color! Pining!
Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my red cedar chest Cat!
What a beautiful transformation, Tara! I’ve never heard of this paint company before but I love chalk paint so I can’t wait to try this brand out. Thanks so much for the heads up. Hope your day is a fun one, CoCo
Thanks so much for checking out my red cedar chest CoCo! Have a great weekend and take care, Tara
So awesome! Did you sand before waxing? Not everyone like the extra step but I always lightly sand the paint with 350 or above sandpaper to give the wax a smooth application. I don’t spend more than a few minutes… just to fill some of the pore space found in mineral paints. The hemp oil wax will give you extra protection compared to other wax finishes. Such a Cool piece! Thanks for being part of such a fun blog event!
Thanks so much for stopping by to see the cedar chest I painted using your Wise Owl Paint Karen! I did not sand my piece before waxing, I will definitely try that next time:). Thanks for the tip! I did already start painting a shelf in my kitchen with the leftover Republic red because I liked the color so much. Thank you so much for sending me the paint, wax and paint brush! Have a great weekend and take care, Tara
Love the red! It looks great.
Thanks so much for stopping by Natalia!
Tara, this chest is beautiful! It’s so special that it was your great grandmother’s and now it looks even better.
Thanks so much for stopping to see my red cedar chest Jenny!
So pretty & bright, looks amazing!
Thanks so much for stopping by to see my red cedar chest Katy!
This is such a pretty piece! Love what you did with it and the color is perfect!
Thank you so much for your sweet comments about my cedar chest Jess!
I’m a lover of red! Looks fantastic 🙂 🙂 Great job!
Thanks you so much for stopping by Meghan!
Such a pretty piece and the color is awesome. Love it Tara!
Love that shade of red Tara! I’m picky when it comes to red but this shade is beautiful! Gorgeous makeover! I haven’t heard of this paint line before … is it available in Canada do you know? I hope you have a great weekend!
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Thanks so much for stopping by to see my red cedar chest Terry! Wise Owl does ship to Canada:). Hope you had a great weekend and take care, Tara
This turned out adorable! I love the color red and it really pops and the detail is so beautiful!
Thanks so much for stopping by Ruthie! Hope you had a great weekend and take care, Tara
Beautiful Tara!!!! I love the color and the chest looks amazing with the pop of color! You can really see the details now . Pinning!!
Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments about my cedar chest Stephanie! Hope you had a great weekend and take care, Tara
Oh my gosh, Tara, it is just beautiful! I love red on furniture.. after all, it’s my favorite color!
Thanks so much for stopping by to see my red cedar chest Kim!
Republic Red really transformed the chest. It’s so peppy now and looks beautiful. You did a great job. I saw your link at Sharon’s Elizabeth & Co. party.
Thanks so much for stopping by to see my red cedar chest Ann Marie! Have a great weekend and take care, Tara
My favorite color is red so this really caught my eye. It looks like this paint product has good coverage and the shade of red is nice. This was a great makeover.
Thank you so much for stopping by to check out my red cedar chest Debra! Have a great weekend and take care, Tara
What a great shade of red. It really brings this piece to life! Featured at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!
Thank you so much for featuring my red cedar chest Sharon and for hosting the Be Inspired link party! Take care, Tara