Reviving a Worn Cedar Chest…

I purchased this cedar hope chest/blanket chest for $25 at an estate sale a couple of years ago. Even better, the seller also pitched-in a cardboard box full of items that I liked and found to be valuable. Remember the carved box project? For very little money the seller also gave me a screen door, a 100 year old door with the door knobs still attached, porch railings, windows – oh the list goes on and on. Probably the best estate sale I have ever attended :)

I never did anything with this cedar chest. It is in excellent condition except for some cloudy spotting on the top – seen here…Reviving an antique vintage cedar hope chest using Old English scratch cover. Really nourishes the old wood and brings back the natural luster.…and here.

Reviving an antique vintage cedar hope chest using Old English scratch cover. Really nourishes the old wood and brings back the natural luster.In January I brought the chest into my family ┬ároom with the intention of changing out a larger chest and using this as our “new” coffee table. I rubbed the top with furniture oil to no avail – the cloudy patches were still there. I even asked our readers via Facebook what their thoughts were. Some suggested painting it (which, honestly was my preference) but mostly everyone was against this method – especially my Honey Bee. He really wanted me to save the integrity of the furniture.

The chest retains all of its original casters…

Reviving an antique vintage cedar hope chest using Old English scratch cover. Really nourishes the old wood and brings back the natural luster.…and is immaculate inside.

Reviving an antique vintage cedar hope chest using Old English scratch cover. Really nourishes the old wood and brings back the natural luster.The original signage is still attached.

Reviving an antique vintage cedar hope chest using Old English scratch cover. Really nourishes the old wood and brings back the natural luster.I remembered a product that my mother always used at home – Old English Scratch Cover. It is sold in the furniture wax area of stores. There is a light finish and the dark finish that I used. It is not furniture polish – it is strictly meant to be used every several weeks or so to cover scratches and blemishes on furniture. A furniture restorer in a bottle :)

Reviving an antique vintage cedar hope chest using Old English scratch cover. Really nourishes the old wood and brings back the natural luster.I figured I didn’t have anything to lose – except the $4.50 price tag of the Old English. So, I bought it…

Reviving an antique vintage cedar hope chest using Old English scratch cover. Really nourishes the old wood and brings back the natural luster.…and got to work. I drizzled a little bit on the top and I found out that a little goes a long way.

Reviving an antique vintage cedar hope chest using Old English scratch cover. Really nourishes the old wood and brings back the natural luster.I worked it into the wood with a cotton cloth rag.

Reviving an antique vintage cedar hope chest using Old English scratch cover. Really nourishes the old wood and brings back the natural luster.

Reviving an antique vintage cedar hope chest using Old English scratch cover. Really nourishes the old wood and brings back the natural luster.I chose to let the scratch cover set a bit before I buffed the furniture. My side kick kept me company, as always :)

Reviving an antique vintage cedar hope chest using Old English scratch cover. Really nourishes the old wood and brings back the natural luster.After buffing…I think it looks fantastic and I am very pleased with the final result! The wood looks very rich again and it took minimal effort to get it to look this way – YAY!

Reviving an antique vintage cedar hope chest using Old English scratch cover. Really nourishes the old wood and brings back the natural luster.I found a bird nest and a feather on a walk last year at the lake.

Reviving an antique vintage cedar hope chest using Old English scratch cover. Really nourishes the old wood and brings back the natural luster.I placed them on a silver platter under a glass cloche.

Reviving an antique vintage cedar hope chest using Old English scratch cover. Really nourishes the old wood and brings back the natural luster.This is a large decorative nest with paper mache’ eggs.

Reviving an antique vintage cedar hope chest using Old English scratch cover. Really nourishes the old wood and brings back the natural luster.You can see how great the wood on the chest looks now.

Reviving an antique vintage cedar hope chest using Old English scratch cover. Really nourishes the old wood and brings back the natural luster.It has been several weeks now – the furniture has been dusted at least once per week, every week and the Old English is still doing a great job.

Reviving an antique vintage cedar hope chest using Old English scratch cover. Really nourishes the old wood and brings back the natural luster.I highly recommend Old English Scratch Cover. This product saved me a lot of work and effort and I am super pleased with the end result!

Reviving an antique vintage cedar hope chest using Old English scratch cover. Really nourishes the old wood and brings back the natural luster.Have you ever used Old English?