It was a Friday afternoon, and I popped into Goodwill as a last-minute decision when I was driving through the neighborhood. As usual, I headed straight through to the back where all the furniture was kept. My expectations were low.
I leaned over the back of a big cabinet and something low to the ground (and pretty well hidden) caught my eye. It was a vintage chest and the wood carvings really got me excited – even though it had a strange finish on top and on the sides where it looked like someone tried to re-stain it. The price tag totally bummed me out though. I mean, I know Goodwill has gotten more expensive across the country, but I really really wanted this chest.
I found an employee nearby and shyly asked if there were any special discounts going on. She said no, but the next day everything would be 50% off! Wahoo!
I was so afraid someone would scoop it up before I got the chance. First thing in the morning, my mom and I got there ten minutes early but there were already six people ahead of us in line. Oh great, I thought. I kept psyching myself out thinking several of them were there just for that chest – MY chest.
Finally the door was unlocked and people slowly filed in. When it was my turn I calmly walked (yeah right – I RAN) through the store and I was the first one to the chest! I ripped that tag off and claimed my treasure. (No one else was even near me… LOL. Apparently they weren’t there for the chest after all.)
I paid (half price!), the guys loaded it up in the back of the car, and I felt like I had gotten away with something sneaky. I was so excited that I hadn’t even looked it over very well.
We got home and unloaded it, and it wasn’t until I started taking the Before photos that I realized it was a Lane Chest. Duh. No wonder it was so well made (all cedar inside) and Goodwill had it priced high. I loved it even more – but it needed some updating for sure.
It was so low that it was kind of awkward to bend over and open. I know now that it probably had casters originally. For this Lane chest makeover, we opted to add curvy bun feet to the bottom for more height, with a simple kit from Lowe’s.
Then I painted the outside with (affiliate link) Fusion Mineral Paint in Raw Silk. This color is gorgeous – and one reason I chose FMP is because it doesn’t require a topcoat and starts curing by itself quickly (we were under a short timeline to finish pieces for the market a couple weeks ago).
Here she is…
I believe it had a big cushion on it a long time ago, so it could also be used as a bench seat.
This vintage Lane chest looks decades newer now, still with the same original good bones it always had. I’m happy to say it found a forever home. 🙂
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