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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 🙂
In January I brought the chest into my family room 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…
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 🙂