Monday, January 2, 2012

Hopeful chest

As a fellow knitter, you'll appreciate the holiday gift I bought for myself yesterday: an antique cedar chest to store my hand knits. Currently, my sweaters live in giant ziploc bags dumped into a laundry basket in my bedroom. I've tried other storage options, but I just don't have a good place to put them.


I started shopping online for the just-right solution. The perfect chest would be beautiful, not too big, not too small, preferably antique, definitely cedar lined to keep the bugs out, and not ridiculously overpriced. In other words, I became the cedar chest version of Goldilocks looking for the perfect porridge.


Tom helped in the selection by using his extensive experience buying and refinishing antique furniture. He pointed out the fatal flaws in dozens of chests I found on ebay and other websites. We also scoured Craig's List for DC and Baltimore. Nothing. Or at least nothing right.

But yesterday I stumbled onto the just-right chest at Maine Antique Furniture, an online purveyor of truly lovely vintage pieces. 


The company describes my dream chest as follows:
This is a wonderful art deco carved cedar chest dating from the 1940s, that looks like a Lane but isn't stamped as one. It features a cedar lined interior, an egg and dart molded top, mahogany Figaro-striped face on the front with a notch-molded kickboard carving on the base with block feet. The chest has been stained in a dark reddish-brown walnut color with clear coat applied, and is all set to go in the home. The overall size is 46 inches wide, 19 inches deep, and 21 inches high. It's a great-looking cabinet that will provide style and function to your home.

Love it! Sold - and for a lower negotiated price, too. I can't wait for my chest to make it's way down the eastern seaboard so I can promptly and appropriately house my hand-knitted apparel. I'm also going to put my grandmother's antique quilts and my baby quilt in this beautiful storage box, too. What vast improvement over that laundry basket, huh?


13 comments:

  1. THAT is really pretty! And useful too! That makes it a perfect 'gift' in my book! :D!
    --elizaduckie

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  2. That is SOOO beautiful! I'm so jealous.

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  3. What a lovely chest. I hope you will enjoy it for many years to come. It worries me, however, that something from the 1940's is now being described as "antique," because I am from the 1950's! :D

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  4. Beautiful. Makes me want one...

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  5. I want a cedar chest, too! Would Tom be willing to share his list of "fatal flaws" in cedar chests to educate us?

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  6. Merry Christmas to you. That's a beautiful chest. I'm full of admiration for anyone who has so many handknit sweaters, made for themselves. I'm working on catching up.

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  7. Lovely! I so wish I had my Grandmother's chest. I remember the wonderful smell it had....

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  8. Just beautiful! I have an antique chest from my former fil and keep sweaters in it. Have it at the foot of our bed. Yours is just beautiful! Hope it arrives sooooooooooon!
    Sandee

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  9. The cedar chest is beautiful. As soon as I saw it I thought of my mother. She had one that looked exactly like yours. I have no idea what happened to my mothers, very sad on my part, for the chest and what was inside. Enjoy yours.

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  10. Nice! One of my prized possessions is a cedar chest handed down to me from my mom, who got it from her mom, who got it from *her* mom, etc. It came over from Ireland (I believe) with my great x3 or x4 grandmother. We used it as the coffee table when I was growing up and in my last apartment, it was also my coffee table. It's a bit battle scarred, but it's got a lot of history.

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  11. How beautiful! I know you'll truly enjoy using it, as will your hand knits :)
    Makes me think that maybe I should start "hinting" to dh that I would love one for next Christmas!

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  12. Wow, that's lovely! What a nice treat for you, and a grand home for all your sweaters. You go, girl!

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  13. Lovely chest. One cavet - be sure to wrap your quilts in an old sheet before storing them in the chest. The cotton fabrics don't react well to the oils in the cedar. In fact, I've lined my chest with an old sheet (washed a couple of times a year when I air everything out).

    You might also have Tom take some sandpaper to the planks that line the chest (to release fresh cedar oil/smell) that keeps the moth repelling going.

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