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?