Thursday, February 14, 2013

Trunk Love

 
Happy Valentine's Day!  Nothing says love like an old beat up trunk, right?
 
 
I have painted many metal trunks and in all shapes and sizes, but never one quite this large!  This one intimidated me and I can't tell you how many times I tried to donate it or pass it off on someone else!  My husband, the one who complains about all of my "junk" in the garage was the one who kept encouraging me not to give up on it! 
 
 
It was in rough shape, and honestly it still is!  But rather than worry about restoring it (I wouldn't know where to start!), I decided to embrace it's rustic charm and focus on bringing out all of the lovely details.
 
 
I painted the entire piece with two coats of Chalk Paint Decorative Paint® by Annie Sloan in Paris Grey and accented the wood slats with Old Ochre and metal hardware in Old White.
 
 
I also did a little random dry brushing with Old Ochre here and there to add to the rough patina.
 
 
Perhaps the most hindering part of the makeover was the trunk's interior.  I should have gotten a before photo.  At some point someone had lined the inside with a 1950's looking golf themed contact paper!  It wasn't attractive, it wasn't removable and it had a bad odor!  I applied a heavy coat of Kilz primer to remove the smell.  After allowing it to dry completely and air out a bit, I grabbed a stack of book pages and a bottle of Modge Podge and went to work!
 
 
If you look closely, you will see that these pages all came from various Jane Austen novels!  Perfectly romantic for a Valentine's Day post, right?
 
Well, technically it was a Text book, and I aged the pages with coffee...so there's no need to call the Jane Austen Novel Preservation Society on me!
 
 
I borrowed my scrapbook paper heart garland from the fireplace mantel for photos this morning.  I have been enjoying it so much that i think it might have to stay out a while longer.
 
 
It's still an old, beat up trunk but with a new look and without the bad smell!  I hope someone falls in love and gives it a good home.  It's headed to my shop space this week.
 
I am looking forward to a fun Valentine's Day party at school with my 1st grader this afternoon and then a nice quiet evening at home with my honey!
 
I hope your day is filled with love!  Thank you so much for your sweet visit!  Happy Valentine's Day!
 
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda
 



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Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
 
 
 

35 comments:

  1. You know, I don't think I've ever seen anyone master ASCP the way you do other than Annie herself.
    It's just gorgeous Amanda!
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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  2. Your beaten up old trunk looks fantastic to me. I've just bought some ASCP in old white to give a french-buffet a new look. I've never used it before so hope I get as great effect look you, I've never been afraid of painting furniture before but somehow ASCP frightens me.

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  3. I love it's rustic charm. You did a wonderful job of it!! I saw a large trunk for only $5.00 at a thrift store the other day and while I was thinking about it a lady walked up and bought it right under my nose.....you snooze, you lose! My bad!

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  4. What a pretty trunk! You did an amazing job. I really like the book page lining on the inside. Have a wonderful valentine's day! ~ Jamie

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  5. I have rehabbed many a trunk but none as beautiful as this one. So pretty.

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  6. You really did it proud! I'm glad you didn't give up on it. it's gorgeous!
    Liz @ Quirky Vistas

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  7. love the trunk and your treatment to it! Little Bit from www.DecorateWithaLittleBit.com

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  8. This is beautiful Amanda. Just amazing what a little Annie Sloan can help us accomplished!
    Anne

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  9. Love it! Just LOVE it! Perfect in every detail! Nice job!!!

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  10. that is AMAZING! i absolutely love this - great job!! it's just so pretty!

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  11. Amanda,
    It is gorgeous as alwyas, I love hte details...I am so glad you didn't give up on it either!
    Hugs, and Happy Hearts Day!
    Betsy

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  12. I. Love. This! I have an old trunk that I have been afraid to paint, but after seeing this...it's got to happen. I'd love it if you would link this up to my new linky party, "What We Accomplished Wednesday." It is live right now. Have a great weekend!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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  13. Hi Amanda - I'm so glad I came across your blog while visiting My Romantic Home. This trunk is amazing, as are all of your furniture transformations. I'm also excited to find another blogger from the Pacific N.W. My husband grew up in Camas so the next time he insists we drive past his childhood home I'll have to come visit the antique shop you sell from! I am your newest follower. Blessings to you, Patti@OldThingsNew

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  14. Love the paint job on this! fantastic :)

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    1. Hi Amanda, This trunk is amazing! I love your style and am a new follower! I also love the painted cupboard on the left side of your header. Would you please share the paint color's? Thanks so much, Kenda

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  15. OMG...An old trunk and chalk paint? Now that is a perfect marriage. Simple gorgeous. I would love it if you could share this wonderful post at our WIW Linky party. I hope you can join us.

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

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  16. Wow, you did an amazing job--it looks fantastic! I love the Jane Austin 'wallpaper' interior :-) Thank you so much for the inspiration!

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  17. What a beautiful trunk! You did an amazing job!

    So nice visiting with you tonight. Amy

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  18. Pretty inspiring! I have one in my living room that needs some love. I really like your choice of ASCP colors!

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  19. You make me yearn for an old trunk we had in our living room. I honestly don't know what happened to it. I never thought about painting it.

    Your trunk is lovely.

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  20. Beautiful Amanda!LOVE this color combination too!That paper lining looks so pretty too!
    xx
    Anne

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  21. Hi,

    Your trunk is so amazing and inspirational. I really like the book pages you added to the trunk. Beautiful Job.

    Your new follower,
    Michele
    Pearl 13.1

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  22. I usually don't like old trunks painted but I love this one. Great job!

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  23. Amanda, this is just so pretty!! really "pretty" is what it is. all feminine and lovely, you did a wonderful job, and I'll be featuring this on Be Inspired tomorrow. thanks so much for sharing it!!

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  24. So pretty! Love the book pages! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  25. I love the trunk, you did a great job. I have used the chalk paint on several things too and really like it. I hope you are still following my blog.

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  26. I live in the Philippines, and I've got an awesome trunk in storage back in Missouri... I'm SOOOO doing this to that trunk! SOOOOO easy and beautiful results! Good job!

    Kelley~

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  27. Gorgeous transformation! Love the colors you chose.
    Thanks so much for visiting...
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  28. Amanda: I just found your blog and I love it! The trunk is fabulous - love the color! I'm a new follower. -Derrith

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  29. I just started perusing your blog and found this gorgeous trunk. Just last evening I was sitting staring at an old beat up trunk and wondering what I should do with it, the possibilities seem endless. Now that I have seen this makeover, another possibility has been added to the list! You have done a gorgeous job! I'm glad nobody took that trunk because I can't imagine it being any more beautiful.
    Faye (MacGIRLver)

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  30. Love it! Have a couple of trunks like this in my workshop & was looking for inspiration ~ THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!

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