Staining Ice Chests

All right, time to dust off this blog.  It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, not because I haven’t been doing anything creative, but because I’ve been doing lots of creative-type things.  So, my intention is to begin posting regularly-ish again (my hope is for every Tuesday and Thursday) — stay tuned!

First, I want to show you what I was up to on warm, non-rainy weekends for most of the spring (oddly enough, LA was fairly cold & rainy this spring, so it took awhile to get these finished!).  My cousin Dave moved to New Zealand just after Christmas last year and had to get rid of a lot of his things.  He had some old-fashioned ice chests, two that he wanted to keep, two that he wanted to give away to Gavin and I.  I was really excited to hear that he wanted to give us these — I was hoping to get two night stands for our bedroom, and these ice chests work perfectly!

The chests were a medium-colored wood, and Gavin and I like dark-colored wood better.  So, I thought that perhaps it’d be fun to make this a project and totally re-stain them.  Unfortunately, I did not take before shots.  However, the process was to use a stripper to remove the old sealant, then to sand off some of the old stain, then put the new stain on, then to reseal.  Then, since I couldn’t find new hardware, I cleaned up the original brass hardware before putting it back on.

The process was not difficult, but it was a lot of hard work, which was nice to do outside on those beautiful spring days.  It was very rewarding to see these coming together, and SUPER fun to use the Brasso to clean up the hardware to make it look brand new!  This has already got me thinking about a couple of other pieces of furniture that we have that I can do this to in the future!

About jenny

Jennifer Smith Greene is originally from and lives currently in Burbank, California with her husband Gavin Greene. Jenny completed her undergraduate degree from Woodbury University in Graphic Design. She has worked as a graphics & web designer, both as an in-house and freelance designer. She also has completed a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has worked as a hospital chaplain and in support roles in various churches. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys watercolor painting. She has taken classes and workshops under Joseph Stoddard, Tom Fong, Danny Gregory and Jane Friend. Additionally, Jenny is active in the community and volunteers her time on the Board of Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley, a social service nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless children and their families by providing shelter and support services to help the families find jobs and housing. Jenny enjoys reading (and highly recommends the site Goodreads), watching movies, playing softball and tennis and taking walks with her husband. Otherwise, Jenny is always curious to find out about those people who come to her site and would love to hear from you!
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4 Responses to Staining Ice Chests

  1. xg says:

    These ice chests look beautiful. I can’t wait to see them in real life!

  2. Jenny says:

    Thanks! It was really fun to do!

  3. Jenn says:

    wow. I have one of those and now it looks so run down in comparison. You did some nice work there!

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