Here’s a cedar chest restoration project that involved repairs and reconditioning of the existing finish. The chest is constructed of solid cedar wood and is mounted on Queen Anne style cabriole feet.
One back foot was broken off, and the other was loose and missing a section. The finish was pretty beat up and faded, but despite it’s worn look, it did not need to be refinished.
To begin, I repaired both of the back feet, and re-attach them as original.
Next, the existing finish was reconditioned. This process involved cleaning and scuffing the old finish. Then two coats of varnish were applied, rubbed, and waxed.
Everything came out great. Here’s a photo of the top after it was complete.
The cabriole feet add a nice look to this cedar chest, and the restored finish shows them off well.
As for the interior, it was obvious that moth balls had been used in the past. The odor was rather overwhelming as soon as the lid was opened. To help remove the smell, I sanded the unfinished interior. This revived the smell of fresh cut cedar. Leaving the lid open for a few days helped as well.
This cedar chest was restored for a Red Hook NY client.