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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