The top to the cherry sugar chest I refinished went back home to its owner! He is a grandfather himself and this was his grandmother’s so it’s definitely the oldest piece I’ve ever gotten to work on. It had pretty bad water damage, so I was thrilled that I was able to get back down to fresh wood with my @gatorfinishing sanding discs!
I had never heard of a sugar chest prior to this and found it SO interesting when I looked it up. So for anyone who wants to learn a little sumpin’ sumpin’ today, here you go:
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, sugar was a valuable commodity. Those who could afford sugar kept it under lock and key. Early sugar chests were made to suit that purpose and to make a statement that a family was sufficiently affluent to purchase sugar.
Sugar being a precious commodity, sugar chests were not ordinary storage pieces, that families socked away behind the home in a summer kitchen. Usually made of walnut or cherry, sugar storage pieces were chests of valuable hardwood. Often decorated with fine line inlay, the chests were finished on all sides and generally were made on at least 4-inch legs. Sugar chests were kept in prominent spaces where families would entertain, such as dining rooms or in parlors.
So cool, right?!?!
Finished with @generalfinishes HP top coat