I consider myself pretty unlucky. I never win raffles, trips or even BINGO. I’m always this close to walking away with the big prize. Then a few weekends ago, my status in the lucky department changed via a major furniture score. I was at my aunt (my godmother) and uncle’s house picking up tables and chairs for a party and spotted a piece of furniture in the garage. I asked / stammered if I could have it. They said yes – an old lady had given it to them wanting it out of her house. Have I mentioned how great my aunt and uncle are?
I thought it was just a 3-drawer mid century dresser. It is not. It is a Lane cedar chest. It even has its original papers with a serial number, revealing it was built on April 15, 1955 by the Lane Furniture Company in Virginia.
Here is the cedar chest on that lucky day.
To further sweeten the deal, it turns out this little piece of furniture is all over the design books and the interweb. Here is one I found via gwynnemurphy.com:
And here it is featured in a 1955 Christmas ad, with a price of $49.95. It reads, “This Christmas make her dreams come true with a gift that starts the home.” I’m not sure if this will start my home but I will tell you it certainly pluses things up a bit.
I plan to spend some time with the chest in the next coming weekends and make it as good as new. I’m not sure if it’s sacrilegious to paint the thing but I know it would look awesome with white or gray paint. The chartreuse color in the photo above is very fun as well. The current color is not too bad (verrrry 1950’s) and I like the hardware. It’s definitely going in the white room to replace the “TV stand” a.k.a. another old dresser that I found in my landlord’s garbage pile in college. Both dressers are nice and sturdy, but the Lane chest takes the cake. I recently purchased drawer pulls from Anthropologie (on sale for $2.95/each) for the old dresser, but I’m sure I can find another place for those!