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DIY Upcycled Love Chest

From No Color- to Black and White (of coarse!)

I found this beautiful, barely used, in super condition cedar Lane Love Chest at a garage sale for $25! Of coarse it would not stay in it’s original cedar color since I refuse to own anything wood color- anyone that knows me knows that’s just not my style.  The first thing i did was lightly sand it so the primer would stick better. Then used white primer (spray can) until it was completely covered. Next I used white lacquer spray paint, about 3 coats, and a few days later I added a light layer of polyurethane to the top. When that was completely dry I added another layer of polyurethane to the top. Then I hand painted the bottom with gloss black. This took several layers because the black didn’t want to stick to all the grooves in wood engraving. I bought two little wood decals from Home Depot and hand painted those and the two handles on the front of the chest black (I would have spray painted the handles but unfortunately they were not removable).  Once the wood decals were dry I glued them to the chest and used scotch tape to hold them in place.  And once again I forgot to take a before picture, so I found an image that looks identical to the inside of my chest and shows what the color was! 

Before Color

cedar love chest

cedar love chest before picture

Upcycle In Progress

love chest during

love chest in progress photo

Wood Decals

wood decals

With Wood Decals Added

upcycled love chest

Upcycled love chest with added wood decals

 

Final Result

Black and White Upcycled Love Chest

Upcycled Love Chest

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About Rockabelle Bombshell

I am a single mom of a 13 yr old boy and 6 yr old girl. I love DIY projects of all types, and everything Rockabilly! I love the Icons of the 50's, as well as classic cars, pinups, retro appliances and decor, and victorian gothic furniture. I think of myself as a tattooed 1950's transplant... definitely born in the wrong era! I love thrifting and "junking"- I rarely see junk, I see things for their possibilities! I started this blog to document my DIY adventures as I attempt to upcycle and recreate my furniture and home decor, add a Rockabilly touch to as much clothing as I can, make life fun for my kids, and share my love of Rockabilly!

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