Like many of my projects, I found this old trunk at a garage sale and knew I wanted to do something with it. It was spray painted with an ugly gold paint over some sort of melted lettering, “Daddy’s work shoes”.
For the first few years, I stored Christmas decorations in it and just forgot about it. Finally, I decided it was time to do something with the pitiful trunk.
The first thing I had to do was strip the horrible paint off and try to remove the melted lettering. Initially, I thought it was hot glue but it turned out to be some kind of blue and red melted rubber that came off relatively easily with the paint thinner.
Next, I cleaned the inside. I tore out all of the paper lining and vacuumed to remove any loose debris.
I decided to paint it an off white and try my hand at distressing. I am not much for distressing furniture but, as you can tell from the pictures, it was already pretty distressed.
I just do not see the point in sanding and banging up perfectly good furniture to make it look old. I am trying to come around to this new trend and try to make things others will like so I thought I would give it a shot and enhance the dings and scuffs already present. After all, if I plan on ever making any money at this, I have to be able to set out of my comfort zone.
I sprayed one coat of primer before adding 2 coats of the off-white then lightly sanded the outside around corners and edges.
Next I broke out a stencil I had purchased and stenciled the top and front of the trunk. After the stencil dried for 24 hours I distressed a little more and added a coat of matte poly to give it a little protection.
The lining was a nice pink fabric I had on hand and I trimmed the lining with a taupe gimp to give it a more finished look and added durability.
It has now found it’s temporary home in my booth at a local flea market.