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Monday, May 15, 2017

Painting an Heirloom - Motivation Monday

Painting an Heirloom

I love painting furniture,
so last week I painted a piece that's been in my family
for years,
and the scene has also been
 rolling around in my brain for years.

This is a cedar chest my uncle who is 87, made for my mom when he was in high school.
My mom would have been 90, so this piece is about
 70 years old.

We had a huge rain storm 2 weeks ago and water got in our basement where this has been.
So, I thought it was a perfect time to take it out to my studio
and get started on it.

So after all the sucking up water with shop vacs, carpet cleaning, removing and replacing baseboards, and running industrial fans for 72 hours,
I emptied it out and we took it out to my studio.

I had it sitting up on a table so it was almost at eye level.

It's a large cedar chest and I cannot remember a time this wasn't in my home. 
 My mom gave it to me about 70 years ago when she moved to Florida.
 It has been painted all sorts of colors over the last 70 years or so.
 And here is a close up of the finished product.

I guess this proves that we're never too old to be useful.
We're never too old to try something new.
We're never too old to shine!

And this 70 year old cedar chest does shine!

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Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy Motivation Monday to ya!



  1. You managed to get a great feeling of depth. I reallay like it and find it restful and very creative.
    No suprise there, Sharon, seeing it came out of your studio!

  2. Well now I'm blushing! Thank you so much for such kind comments. I had a ball painting it.


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I'm a nature artist and I love to paint old barns, rivers and lakes, trees and fence rows and flowers. I work almost daily. You can purchase paintings by contacting me at and there is also a tab across the top of my blog for available paintings and one for small paintings with buy now buttons. You can also purchase through my Etsy shop using the name of Fine Nature Art. . Thank you so much for stopping by.