Another freebie! It doesn’t get any better than this. Especially if you flip furniture. This was another piece of “the friend giveth, I must taketh” furniture. Read on!


This beautiful Lane Cedar Chest needed new life to it, and that’s exactly what it received. Some said paint it white, and I bet it would have looked gorgeous in white, but I’m really loving the Espresso Stain on top and the coffee bean body. Simple. No distressing, no fancy highlights. Sounds like a day at the spa!


Coffee Beans with Espresso, Anyone?

I started by giving this a deep cleaninging with white lightning, rinsing and wiping down again.

I took my sander to the top to get out the scratches, of which happened during transit, but we won’t go there. 🙄 The body was scuff sanded with a 400 grit by hand. You don’t want to go too deep and bring out oils/tannins from the wood. Only enough teeth to help the paint to adhere better.

scuff sand

I had to fix a few spots on this and really dig deep into the crevices to get the years of dirt and grime off. That’s another reason I chose to go with a darker color.

If you look at the photo above, you can see the back foot where I started to prime white thinking I was going with a lighter color. Like white. I didn’t. I did use Dixie Belle clear primer, B.O.S.S (now Bonding Boss) on this.

I was itching to use the coffee bean chalk mineral paint, so I was excited with this piece.

And would you look inside this chest! I mean the green rope trim and the copper…I think it’s so cool. 

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Painting A Cedar Chest

Have you ever used the Dixie Belle – No Pain Gel Stain? It’s the easiest application on a raw wood surface, as well as over a manufactured surface. It’s the old wipe-on, wipe-off application. I use applicator pads to apply and a shop cloth to wipe down. It’s just that simple.

Of course, the color I chose is Espresso. It’s a warm dark color of espresso beans. You apply the stain and wipe off the excess. Depending on the level of color you’re going for, if you want it darker apply another coat.

cedar chest

Doesn’t that just look yummy? Like a rich dark chocolate, espresso! I did apply a tough top coat to the stain, Gator Hide. It’s ideal for high traffic areas.

This was a quick and fairly easy project. The most time consuming of it all is allowing the proper drying times to apply additional coats. You don’t want to jeopardize your first coats by being impatient.

 cedar chest

I think she’s a beauty, don’t you? Just enough details to give it the charm it needs with a solid color. And being a Lane Cedar Chest is a bonus!

Let me know what you think in the comments below!


Do it with purpose!

Wendy 🌸

I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares! – Sal Bass


  1. Do Dodson

    This turned out beautiful. I love the colors that you chose. So rich!

    • Wendy Weckerly

      Thank you so much, Do! I was excited to use the Coffee Bean. I appreciate you visiting my blog!


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