I had the wonderful privilege of inheriting my grandmother's 80 year old cedar chest.
It came to me in very poor condition. There was a leg broken off, hinges disconnected, veneer chipped and missing and part of the trim molding was missing.
My husband thought it was beyond repair; and maybe the dump was the best place for it. I'm a very sentimental person and said "but it was grandma's!"
It sat in my husband's shop for quite some time, but then one day I was surprised and delighted to find my husband (who's very good at restoring and building furniture) busy working on the chest. I don't have a photo of it at it's worst, but here are a few of the chest in the restoration process.
The veneer was in such bad shape we decided simply to remove it altogether.
We then sanded the cedar wood followed by 3 coats of Valspar black satin paint.
Here it is all finished sitting pretty in my living room.