Sunday, August 17, 2014

Waterfall Chest

About a year ago my co-worker gave me a beautiful waterfall cedar chest. He was moving items from another home, and had no use for it himself.  It sat in our unfinished basement until last weekend. Rob had an itch to redo a piece of furniture. It was a beautiful day to do it, and so he took advantage of the nap time that all the kids took at the same time. Unfortunately, I do not have a before picture to share. He got started before I could snap one of the chest.

Rob purchased some General Finishes paint and white wash for it. This was his first experience using this brand and we were excited with how it turned out. Thanks to Cassie and Sharon for sharing their experiences with it.  He painted the trim of the piece with the General Finished Millstone gray.  Then used the General Finished White Wash Wood Stain for the main sections of the chest.  The chest was pretty beat up from years of use, and so this really helped make it look a lot better.  Rob also sanded it quite a bit to give it a more distressed look.  The final step was to give it a coat of polyurethane.

We of course did not touch the beautiful cedar inside. This is going to be a gift for someone who recently bought a beach place. We figured the distressed white wash look fit with the rest of their home. They have many throw blankets around their house, and we hope this will be the perfect storage piece for them.

Here is a side few of the chest. You can see the pretty details on the top and the bottom.
 Rob said he is very happy with the General Finished paint, and is looking forward to trying it a couple more of the pieces that are in our basement. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. You two never rest, do you? I can't believe you'll be gifting this beauty!

  2. What a wonderful gift this will be and so perfect for a beach house! Kudos to Rob on a job well done!

  3. so pretty! i love the beachy weathered look!

  4. how bout that Rob. It came out amazing and I am sure the recipients will be quite happy to store stuff in it.

  5. LUCKY, LUCKY friend! That is beautiful.

  6. Wow that is gorgeous! Nice job to Rob! I don't think I could ever get Sam to paint furniture...but I'm going to show him this amazing piece and try!

  7. What a gorgeous chest - love love love the distressing on it !
    I can't tell you how many I've sold that I now wish I had - will had to be on the lookout for one
    Beautiful job ( Rob ) and YOU for sharing !

  8. Your friends are going to love it! And kudos to Rob for passing the distressed/weathered look with good remarks! :)


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