This was a fun one.
It started because Home Depot is now selling unfinished butcher block slabs and I was all “I don’t know what I need that for but I want it!!”. I bought one, stained it with Varathane’s “briarsmoke”, and sealed it with a satin finish polyurethane. For a week or so I just had this beautiful finished butcher block hanging around the cottage
Fast forward a week or so and I was poking around my grandmas house, and her garage is FULL of junk. I found this cedar love chest under it all. Unfortunately rats had chewed away at the top part and pooped on and clawed at the fabric. (Gross) She agreed to let me have it!!
I turned it into a coffee/gaming table. It fits all of our board games and cards in it, and we play a big nerdy game called scythe that takes up an entire table, but it fits perfect on this one!
Spooky fact about the cedar love chests:
They used to be like… a right of passage for a married woman. Though that was interesting. Apparently these were recalled because they lock automatically when closed, and a couple kiddos died when they trapped themselves in one. I removed the lock on mine and left the key hole for aesthetics.