Friday, May 17, 2013

Vintage Steamer Trunk

This may be my favorite makeover project to date.  I found this trunk last weekend at a yard sale.  There were actually two of them and I feel like a huge ditz for leaving the second one behind.  It did have a hole in the bottom of it which could have been repaired, but I didn't want to bother with it.  It was $2.  How could I have done that?
This trunk is probably from the 80's.  It's not a metal trunk.  The outer skin is thin wood with a paper covering and the straps are plastic, but nonetheless, this is a great decorating piece.
I painted the outer skin of the trunk with Annie Sloan Graphite.  When I took the Annie Sloan workshop a couple of years ago, they assured me that the paint would stick to anything and it's sticking fine to this trunk.  After the initial paint application, I used two different Maison de Stencil stencils and then used a striping stencil to place the stripes.  To visit the Maison de Stencil website click here.
The gold paint I use is by Modern Masters and it works the best of all the gold paints I have found.  I went back in with a wash of burnt umber over the gold to antique the lettering a little bit.
When all the painting was done, I applied a clear wax.  I applied the wax to the plastic straps and the edging.
I stenciled all the sides and the top of the trunk in case someone wants to use it as a coffee table.
Here is the before photo of how this piece looked when I purchased it.  I'd say it underwent a total transformation.
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Linda at French Hollow said...

Wow, Maggie - that is gorgeous. You've done a beautiful job, as usual.


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This is just gorgeous, Maggie! I think it is my current favorite of all your projects, too. I love al the stencils you used, as well as the colors. The gold really brings it up a notch, too. Great job!

miss flibbertigibbet said...

Maggie that is STUNNING!! Yes, you were crazy to leave the other one...$2??? You could have used it to store stencils and it would have been a bargain! LOL....regrets...c'est la vie!

Karina Russell said...

This is the best makeover I've seen on a trunk. It's gorgeous!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

MAGGIE!!!! This is AMazing!!! I love the gold and black, I have two trunks/wood boxes and I am so going to copy you!!!!!! I love it! PS: send this to Masters!


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Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

You outdid yourself on this one Maggie! It is perfect!

Susie said...

Maggie, I am sure the after is why you wish you had bought both trunks. Beautiful. I think if it were lined with platic it would be a gorgeous planter.xoxo,Susie

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, what a fabulous redo. I love it. Such a wonderful piece. Thanks also for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

You took the words right out of my mouth. As soon as I saw the thumbnail photo on my blogroll, I thought to myself, "This is my favorite piece you've transformed!" You have such a good eye for design. I love the colors, too!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I love it! The gold stenciling is a perfect contrast with the black paint. Love Maison de Stencils!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Your trunk turned out beautiful! I wish I had some of you bloggers talents! Nancy

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Maggie that is so gorgeous! I have a question..(I've never painted furniture)...When you went back over the lettering with the umber...did you put the stencil back over it?

Kim Hood said...

Oh, I love it! Thank you for sharing your wonderful transformation and sparking project ideas to add to my list. :-) So much to do, so little time....
His blessings!
Kim @ Curtain Queen

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

Great job! It turned out beautiful!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Nice job Miss Maggie! It is a fabulous transformation.

Patti@OldThingsNew said...

Two pins in one day of your lovely creations! Thanks for sharing, Patti

Deborah said...

Love this makeover, I can see why it's one of your favorites. It looks amazing!! Well done!