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« on: September 16, 2006 11:01:01 PM »

I got an older cedar chest from freecycle (a junk lover's best friend!). It must have gotten some water damage at some point because the feet are rotting/splitting. The inside is in decent shape, but the outside is ugly! It looks like 80's prissy girl furniture (no offense to any prissy girls reading this). Can somoene inspire me? What can I use for new feet?  Tongue
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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2006 08:13:19 AM »

Hmm, first thing that came to mind if the outside is trash is a decoupage? I hope I spelled that right Angry

For new feet...if you're good with power tools, check out freecycle or craigslist and get some scraps of wood. Cut wood to fit (maybe use one old one as  a model) and just nail or wood glue the new ones on. If you can fix it up to make it functional again that would be cool. If not it would make an awesome table. Just my ideas hope it helps
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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2006 09:49:59 AM »

You can usually buy pre-carved wooden feet at hardware and craft stores. Or use little terracotta pots?
Decoupaging the outside would be really cool - you could cover it with magazine pictures, or wallpaper, or newspaper clippings, or famly photos...
If you can paint you could make a really traditional looking blanket box. Even sand it down and just varnish it. Mosaique it maybe, but you would need a lot of tiles and it would weigh a ton.
Good luck, and I am hugely envious - I have been trying to get my Dad to make me a big chest for the foot of my bed for ages!
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« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2006 05:20:47 PM »

i'd sand it down to the wood and then stain it.
but i love natural wood so that's just me.


and i agree about the premade legs.
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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2007 07:01:57 PM »

um...you could use balls, beer bottles, or just go look around at the dollar store for something...they always have fun stuff.
then paint the outside & you have a pretty box. Grin
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« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2007 09:05:18 PM »

Sand it down and repaint/stain it!  Cedar is very good wood.  If this gives any inspiration, I just finished this project : http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=178526.0 
It really is a lot of fun to re-do something and make it a lot nicer and pretty than it was. (Makes you feel good on the inside too)
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