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Vintage Cedar Chest Painted in Coco

I used Coco chalk paint and dark wax on this cedar chest.

I finished the cedar chest, and everything went pretty much as planned.  The chest was made by the Franklin Shockey Company in 1951 (per the label inside the chest).

Art Deco cedar chest made by the Franklin Shockey Company in 1951.

The finish had severe wear and needed attention.

Severe wear on finish of cedar chest.

After cleaning the chest I sanded the top to a smooth finish. If you're worried about the inlaid veneer, please don't, because it wasn't inlaid veneer. It was a factory faux finish.

Use an orbital sander to quickly fix a damaged finish.


Art deco cedar chest painted in Coco by The Black Sheep Shoppe

Coco works so beautifully as a neutral color without being too boring. 

Cedar chest painted in Coco Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan.

A little bit of dark wax adds a bit more interest to the piece.

Dark wax over Coco adds a little drama.

I applied a thin coat of Coco and sanded it back smooth to reveal hinds of the wood grain. I also added the handles on the side.

Wood grain shows through the paint.

I covered the hole left behind from the old lock with a handmade applique. 

Handmade applique used to cover the gaping hole left behind by the old lock.

I lined the shelf with new map-themed paper.

A new map themed paper was used to replace the old shelf liner.

I hope you enjoyed today's project. Thank you so much for stopping by The Black Sheep Shoppe today.

Cedar chest from 1951 was given a makeover with Coco Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan.

Before and after photo of cedar chest.


  1. What paint is "coco"? I love the color and want to use it

    1. Coco is one of the colors in the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint collection. I would describe it as a warm gray.

  2. hello, did you wipe off the paint before applying the dark wax?

    1. I distressed the paint and then sealed it with clear wax. Then I applied the dark wax.


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