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Lane Cedar Chest Age

lane cedar chestLane Cedar Chest Age

My Story

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This is mine, mid century modern.

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This one is midcentury modern. Check out the industrial adornments

I have a Lane Cedar Chest. Actually, my roommate has one. He had no clue what it was. He got it from a deceased lover. When we saved it from the storage shed, I was thrilled at the condition and the item in general. When I found out it was a Lane Cedar Chest, and potentially legit (not a knockoff, if there is such a thing), I jumped up and down.

What to Look For

The Lane Cedar Chest (or in layman’s term a Hope Chest) is something a lot of people look for at flea markets and antique stores when trying to get an antique or two. Or maybe they are just considered vintage. Yeah, depending on when it was made, it’s probably just vintage, because only a few are more than 100 years old, the age for antiques. They don’t go for a lot of money; it’s more being able to say you have a Lane Cedar Chest. The company stopped making them in 2001. If you want one and see one in decent shape, snap it up!

FYI, Wayfair advertises they sell Lane Cedar Chests. The company hasn’t been open for that long and I don’t think they sell used furniture, so there’s no way they are selling a Lane Cedar Chest. They are selling a cedar chest with another Lane name (such as Birch Lane), or else it’s a generic term for a cedar chest. Same for Joss & Main on their website. So if someone says they have a Lane Cedar Chest for you to buy, check it out first!

How to Determine the Age of a Lane Cedar Chest

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the date of creation 11/15/1955

If you have a true Lane Cedar Chest, there is a serial number on the lid’s underside of the lid. And if you’re lucky, the original owner kept the paperwork in there as well.

The date of manufacturing is the serial number. And it’s written backwards, in case you are confused. The one I have has a Serial Number of 555111. That means it was manufactured on November 15, 1955. It’s older than me, if you can believe that.

If there is a 7th number in the serial number, that is the plant that manufactured it.. This was always the last number in the series, after the date (so it was at the beginning). The factories were:

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the warranty paperwork

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how pretty is this logo?

  • 2 in Virginia
  • 4 in North Carolina
  • 2 in Mississippi
  • 1 in Tennessee

Look for the cool logo in the top.

The paperwork includes a warranty stating it protects cloth items placed inside, and may have the date of manufacture on it. This makes it extra desirable for collectors.

 Styles of the Lane Cedar Chest

There may also be a style number, but unless you are looking for the exact same style, that doesn’t really matter unless you are selling it. My chest says Style No 3271.

  • Traditional chests – The look of an antique. Lined with cedar. Outside woods were Cherry, Maple, Walnut. Included detailed carvings and sometimes upholstery.
  • Mid-Century chests –
    • Danish Modern. Very clean lines, has no adornments except for carved lines in it and the angular feet.
    • Mid-Century Modern. Clean lines and angular feet like the Danish Modern. These are a little more industrial looking. Patterned wood stains. Some had upholstery and/or pull out drawers.
  • Flapper Style chests – 30’s and 40’s.
    • Thematic Art Deco movement. Inlayed woods with geometric designs.  Some had hinged shelving boxes.
    • The Chippendale style had ball and claw feet and ornate carvings.

The Dangerous Locking Mechanism

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remove this lock!

Remove the lock if you still have the original lock, and it predates 1987. They recalled them due to not being able to open it from the inside. I guess children used to hide in them when playing hide and seek?

  • If you have a chest with a catch or a lock, you need to:
  • Remove the cover if there is one
  • Get a screwdriver (manual is safest) and remove the 3 screws
  • Remove the plate and the lock will be removed
  • If you want to order a new lock, try this phone number (1-800-225-7576)

I did not order a new locking mechanism, because mine is full of stuff. No children will be able to get in there.

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why contact paper?

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after contact paper was removed

IMHO, these should not be refurbished, like I did to this vintage console, but should just be cleaned up and repairs done if necessary. The only thing I did was remove some contact paper placed on the top, which apparently was done to protect the chest from further damage.

 Other Research areas:

  • Cause A Frockus – Another history take
  • Chairish – if you want pictures of what a company is selling
  • Ebay – to find examples and what you might want to look at when purchasing


And there you have it. Enough knowledge about a Lane Cedar Chest to get you moving on the path to purchase. Every diyhomegoddess should have one!





Restain Furniture For A New Look

RESTAINRestain Furniture For A New LooK

My Story

I am so having nightmares about wanting to restain my bookshelves. The color isn’t right. I originally liked it. Would have wanted something darker, but the family outvoted me 2 to 1. Light oak bookshelves (with a touch of brown trim), light hardwood floors, and banana split colored walls. If it wasn’t for the books, you wouldn’t know the bookshelves existed.

But the real reason I hate the shelves? As you know (or can read here), I designed these bookshelves specifically to deal with my chair rail. Built them myself, taking an entire summer. I picked out the wood, cut it, stained it, drilled holes, nailed, added feet and trim. It was a lot of work.

Okay, calm down my diy home goddesses! I’m gonna tell you. The REAL reason I hate my bookshelves? My sister’s mouth. I showed her a picture of all the work I did. The sweat. The tears. The cussing. The constant washing of the skin to get splatter stains off. And what were her words when she saw the picture?


This is a before shot of one of the 8 bookshelves I’m restaining.

“What am I looking at?” she asked (Seriously?)

“The bookshelves I made,” I responded.

“Well,” she continued, “they match the floor.”

Come on! Really? That was all she had to say about it. Not they looked good. Didn’t say you did a good job. Or even wow, that must have been a lot of work. Nope, “they match the floor!” Read more

Turn Crates Into Bookshelves


Turn Crates into Bookshelves

The Hunt


What to do with the old crates? I didn’t know, but I bought them anyway.

I was at a flea market a couple of months ago (you can read about it here), and was kind of in the mood to build something. Actually, I was itching to build something. I’d been too idle, and I really don’t like that. I wanted to repurpose something. I found some wood crates with company logos on them, and snatched them up pretty quickly. I did not know what I was going to do with them (so what else is new?) but I wanted them.

The Research

I brought them home and started looking on the Internet for ideas. Plenty of ideas, but nothing really screamed make me. A lot of them were wild ideas, some were traditional, some were just plain boring.

  • A coffee table? No where to put it.
  • A medicine cabinet? My mentor it would probably be too heavy for the wall (even though others were doing it).
  • Storage in the mudroom? What mudroom?
  • The base for a bench seat? Again, no where to put it.
  • Just plain old boxes for storage? How boring is that, even if they are painted.

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Retro Something New


Retro Something New

The Hunt

In my quest to retro my home, I started with some crafting things. I’ve always been able to make something as long as I had the instructions. You ask me to create something out of my head, forget it! But I can do just about anything with instructions and enough patience.

I wanted some kind of retro cool looking table outside on my deck. I really didn’t like the large patio tables because they were heavy and bulky, and well, just big! I needed something a little substantial, but I wanted little. Just something big enough to put a couple of beers on.

In my quest, I found a do it yourself magazine that had an unusual looking table. It used a metal table, bottle caps, and spray paint. Hey, I could do this! But where in the world do I find enough bottle caps! Most stuff doesn’t come with bottle caps anymore, and I really didn’t want to drink the estimated 200 bottles of beer I would need.

retro something new

You can get these for a total retro look

retro something new

Epoxy dots to protect the bottle caps if you so desire.

I found this company, www.bottlecapco.com. They sold new and used bottle caps! Just what I needed! I wanted it to have a retro look, so just ordering plain old single color bottle caps was not exactly what I had in mind. But they had a set of old soda company bottle caps for sale. So retro! And they were flat, so easily glued on I was thinking. Perfect for what I wanted. Retro and new at the same time. Read more

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