My Uncle Jerry was a carpenter who built amazing things. I was lucky enough to inherit this beautiful piece of work after my uncle died of Parkinson’s disease. I wanted to keep the classic part of the chest but wanted a more of an updated look. The inside was perfect, lined with cedar. This did not need to be touched. So this is what the it looked like in the beginning . It’s made of oak and though I do not care for for the yellow looking oak look the I love the strength that the oak.
So my idea was to paint the chest white. I had some great white paint left over from another project I used an oil based high performance, gloss by Rustoleum . I applied 2 coats with approximately 24 hours in between for drying. White paint gives me the impression of a clean slate, a fresh start, a new beginning. I wanted to try and persevere the craftsmanship of the chest. I started by removing the brass handles and set these aside. I used a forged hammered color spray paint. I applied two coats of paint.to the handles.
I was planning on using this piece in my office my plan was to stick with the black and white theme. My daughter had an old comforter that we were going to toss out so I decided to use a piece of it for this particular project. I cut it to size and used a staple gun to secure it to the chest. It just happened to have enough padding to make it comfortable to sit on as a bench.