Cedar Chest UpdatePosted by in Home and Decorating
If you’ve been following along with me, you might remember I inherited various items from my grandmother after she passed away. One item was an old cedar chest we found in her basement. It was in pretty bad shape, but from what little I found out about it, I thought it might have been a chest she was given when she married. You can read about it here. I decided to have it refinished. I know Martha would do it herself, but this needed a lot of careful work. Fortunately a family member knew someone to recommend and I sent it off, with fingers crossed.
Here are the results. Pretty great, right? It’s an interesting height for a chest also – it fits perfectly underneath a window, but it too high for someone to sit on as a bench. I think it’s gorgeous. I haven’t decided where its final place will be – under a window or maybe in the dining room.
Here’s a funny thing – the company that made the chest was named Caswell Runyon and the man who refinished it has the first name Caswell. Weird, right? Anyway, he did an amazing, amazing job – even kept the old newspapers that were inside it in case I wanted them.
I loved inheriting items from her home that I knew and loved, but finding things in her basement I never knew about was exciting and intriguing. I treasure all of them.
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What a transformation! You’ve saved a beautiful heirloom piece for a few more generations. Martha would be proud.
It’s beautiful. It’s an interesting height too. Mine (that I got from my grandparents as a HS grad present) is the typical bench height.
I have a hope chest my parents bought me before I got married and it’s in our front hall. It’s a nice bench and a place for the kids to dump all their school stuff when they come home.
Oh, this is so lovely! I just love giving old furniture a new life!