It is November 30th, and you know what that means? I’ve been listening to Christmas music for the past three months, that’s what it means. I’m not one of those people that thinks that Christmas should only be confined to the period between the day after Thanksgiving and December 25th. (And if you are, I’m sorry. You should get some help for that.)
I love me some Christmas. I’ve been known to put up trees in October and listen to Michael Buble’s Christmas album in July. My hubby and my kids have given up on trying to fix me, which is a relief because all that yammering was messing with my Christmas mojo.
Dan is still in Louisiana, so I have been decorating and refinishing and such by myself for the past three months. I figured out the other day that he lived in our new house for exactly five weeks before he was deployed. When he came home last week for Thanksgiving he basically had to reacquaint himself with the house.
Big hair and sleeves alert…
One of the projects that I had been dying to get into was refinishing my cedar chest, which was a gift from my grandparents in 1985, on my 16th birthday. It is a beautiful piece of furniture, but like most things from the 80s, it was a bit over the top. Don’t get me wrong–I love me some 80s music–but the rest of the decade might have been just a bit much.
I offer, as proof of the excess, a picture from our wedding. Big hair, velvet, white pantyhose, those SLEEVES…it’s all just so…MUCH. Seriously? We look like an 80s hair band. My girls are convinced that there is no way they could get their hair to do that. I assured them that with enough Aqua Net Hairspray anything is possible!
Cedar chest makeover.
Now for the cedar chest. It is a Lane, which we all know is the gold standard for cedar chests. In true 80s fashion, it was lacquered and sporting delightful (not) shiny brass hardware. In addition, it was pretty beat up after 17 years of general life and then spending 12 years in my sister’s basement while we were in Ecuador.
I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do with it, but I knew that I would need to strip it and get it down to its bare bones. Dan had asked me not to spray paint it (he seems to have issues with my spray paint talents–I think he’s jealous) but he wasn’t here so…
After a consultation with my muses (otherwise known as the Pinterest) I knew that what my chest needed was to be “Pottery Barned”. First, I stripped and sanded the top until it was gorgeously smooth and then I stained it.
After utilizing my expert research techniques (read “hours on Pinterest”) I decided to paint the bottom black velvet. I used actual paint instead of spray paint (thereby circumventing my hubby’s request not to spray paint it–see what I did there?) and chose weathered nickel and black hardware to complete the look.
My original intention was to use the same hardware on the whole thing–this weathered nickel hardware--but unfortunately I discovered that the drawers actually required a pull that was 1/2″ larger than the decorative hardware up top. A size, I might add, that isn’t even available. I improvised with the black handles and ended up quite pleased with the overall effect.
Here’s a better shot of the top. I love the contrast between the stained top and painted bottom.
The hubby’s reaction…
Dan came home for Thanksgiving for a week and really liked it! He was gracious enough not to point out that I had once again sort of ignored his request about the paint. I’m not sure what I’m going to put in it yet.
We have approximately 450 blankets around here because I have a mild obsession with blankets and throws so I’m sure I’ll find something. Since Better Homes and Gardens says that “you can never have too many blankets”, I’ll not be listening to my husband any more when he tells me I have a problem. Hmph.
Friends, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas season. I am praying that you and your families are richly blessed during this season of celebration. May you never forget the true meaning of Christmas…the baby in the manger.