Here’s a cedar chest restoration project that required repair and reconditioning of the existing finish. The chest is mounted on Queen Anne style cabriole legs and is constructed of solid cedar wood.
One of the back legs was loose and missing a section. The other was broken off years ago, but saved by the owner. A wise decision which paid off by avoiding the cost of fabricating a new leg. The finish was pretty beat up, yet still in tact. Despite its faded and worn look, it was not peeling or flaking off.
I was able to repair both back legs and securely re-attach them as original. The existing finish was then reconditioned. This process involved cleaning and scuffing the finish. Then two coats of varnish was applied. Once dry, it was rubbed with fine steel wool and waxed. As seen below, the original aligated finish in some areas of the top was maintained through this process of reconditioning. If the chest had been refinished, this old look would had been lost.
The cabriole legs 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. The odor was rather overwhelming as soon as the lid was opened. To help remove that moth ball odor, 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 last photo shows the restored cedar chest from a top view. The reconditioned finish looks great and the grain of the wood is clearly seen.
Red Hook NY
This cedar chest restoration project was completed for a Red Hook NY client.