Before & DuringThe main problem was the broken wood off front right corner of the top. I couldn't work it into my design as-is, so I decided to fill it in and shape it with wood filler.
|Broken wood in front right corner.|
|First base layer of wood filler.|
I continued applying coats of wood filler to the damaged area until it was built up enough to shape it similar to the original shape. The photo below shows the second application of wood filler.
|Second layer of wood filler.|
I probably had about 3 - 4 applications of wood filler. After I was satisfied with the overall shape, I used a flexible sanding sponge to smooth it out.
|Shaping wood filler.|
Before I began painting I stained the wood filler which would blend in better after sanding and distressing the eventual painted finish.
|Staining the wood filler.|
|Multiple scratches in the wood.|
I used my orbital sander and 60-grit sandpaper. Some of the scratches were deep, so I didn't sand the wood completely smooth as I didn't want to damage the wood. I planned on a rustic finish in the end, so a few scratches would blend it. But I got the worst of them out.
|Preparing to smooth the wood with an orbital sander.|
And below is the blanket chest finally ready for some paint! You'll notice the stain I used on the wood filler repair on the top right corner isn't an exact match to the rest of the finish. It won't be noticeable later.
|Blanket chest prepped and ready for paint!|
I applied one coat of Duck Egg blue chalk paint and sanded it back for a faded worn finish. I sealed the paint with soft clear wax, and finished with a light coat of decorative glaze.
|After: Rustic Shaker style blanket chest.|
|Surface scratches aren't obvious |
when they become part of the design.
I debated replacing the drawer knobs, but in the end I decided to keep them and painted them Old White. The drawer opens for plenty of storage.
|The blanket chest offers plenty of storage.|
The top opens for additional storage. The interior is lined with cedar.
|Extra storage is in the top portion of the blanket chest.|
There's plenty of room in the top section for a quilt or two.
|The storage area is lined with cedar.|
My booth is currently woefully empty, which is great because I had some fantastic sales, but I'm behind buying inventory and getting it ready to sell. I took the blanket chest to the booth today, but as I write this I'm falling in love with it again, and might up the price. ;-)
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did. If you noticed the tray in the "after" photos, it's another project that I just finished up. It was so fun to work on and is one of my favorite projects of all time! I'll try to get a blog post about it in the next day or two. In the meantime, I'll include my supply list below in case you're interested in creating a similar look.
Dimensions: 39" wide x 19" deep x 22" high.
Supply ListBelow are the supplies I used for this project. Some (not all) links are affiliate links which means I earn a (very) small commission (ha ha) if you make a purchase. It doesn't cost you extra, but it helps support the time and effort of maintaining the blog. Thank you for your support and understanding!
- Wood filler
- Flexible sanding pad (for shaping and smoothing woodfiller) and 220-grit sand paper (used later to distress the paint).
- General Finishes Gel Stains Antique Walnut (I can't remember if it was Antique Walnut or Java, but any dark stain would work. I prefer using the GF gel stains as they are less messy).
- Foam brushes
- Orbital sander and 60-grit sanding disc
- Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan (Duck Egg Blue) and soft clear wax. Click on the link to find where you can by her products from local stockists. Some stockists also ship via online orders!
- Decorative Glaze