Old Lane Cedar Chest to Heirloom Toy Chest

By Lisa Marasco

My husband had this cedar chest when we got married and stored blankets at the foot of the bed.  It was in bad shape.  It had multiple scratches with cracked and missing pieces of Veneer.  We moved last July and I never brought it into the house.  She passed away in March and I didn't want to let it go.  My sister actually said in passing that would make a great toy chest, and from there inspiration struck.  My husband and I would love to start a family and what a great way to remember his mom and have her be a part of the children's future.  

The piece itself was prepped by removing the veneer on the bottom and the sides.  The veneer on the top was in good shape, and not removed.  The top and bottom was stain and sealed using General Finishes Java Gel Stain and Gel Top Coat.  The paint was Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  The main color is Scandanavian Pink,  the stripes consist of Scandanavian PInk, Coco and a mix of Coco and Cream for the lightest color.  Light sanding to distress slightly and minimize the lines where stripes were created.  The wood letters were stained and sealed with General Finishes Java Gel and Gel Top Coat.  The toy blocks were created with acrylic paint, letter stamps and sanded to create a vintage toy look.

Products Used

  • General Finishes Java Gel Stain
  • General Finishes Gel Topcoat
  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
  • Annie Sloan Clear & Dark soft wax