Charlie’s Hope Chest

A few years ago, before I started the blog, before she moved to Florida, Charlie’s mother gave him her blonde wood cedar chest bought for her in 1958 as a wedding present.

I don't have a before picture -- but it looked something like this.
I don’t have a before picture — but it looked something like this.

He decided to refinish it because the top was scarred and the light finish was out of style.

Black and Decker Wire Wheels are great for removing old finish on wood or metal.
Black and Decker Wire Wheels are great for removing old finish on wood or metal.

He stripped the entire exterior surface both with chemical stripper, a steel wheel on a drill, and sandpaper.

After the old finish was removed the chest looked more modern.
After the old finish was removed the chest looked more modern.

Charlie gave it a deep brown stain finish. He also ordered a new safety lock furnished by the Lane company for free that allows escape from the inside in case the lid falls when someone is in it.

Charlie used painters' tape and aluminum foil to keep stain from dripping onto the bare cedar back and interior.
Charlie used painters’ tape and aluminum foil to keep stain from dripping onto the bare cedar back and interior.

Then he rubbed it with multiple coats of tung oil.

We moved it into the living room over Christmas to make room for the tree.
We moved it into the living room over Christmas to make room for the tree.

It’s an heirloom for one of our daughters but until that time we’ll use it in the conservatory.

They don't build then like this anymore.
They don’t build then like this anymore.

It makes good storage for blankets and sweaters.

Have you figured out an ingenious storage place at your house?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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