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Usually, I really enjoy coming up with my own ideas for painting projects. The past couple of weeks have been kind of stressful and I get restless when I’m stressed. Painting is a great stress reliever but I was stuck on what to do. I decided I wanted to FINALLY refinish this old trunk. This trunk is the very first thing Mike and I bought together. It’s been used as a coffee table, toy storage, fabric storage, an entry table - really just about everything you can use a trunk for. It was old when we bought it 30 years ago. We have not taken care of it or done much with it either.

My plan is to use the trunk at the foot of our bed. BUT … I was just stuck. So, like the rest of the world, I went to Pinterest and discovered this wonderful post from Amanda at One Girl in Pink. She graciously explained how she redid a similar trunk of her own. I didn’t deviate too far from her instructions.

So - we stared with this oh-so-sad piece.

So - we stared with this oh-so-sad piece.

I started by cleaning and priming the inside of the trunk. I used Bin Shellac Based Primer - it seals the wood and gets rid of any mustiness.

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Next, I started on the outside. I removed the old, torn canvas and weird random bits of leather. Next, I cleaned it well with Krud Kutter. The name says it all. Finally, I jumped right in with a coat of chalk paint. I used Amy Howard’s paint - our local Ace Hardware had a sale I couldn’t pass up. I chose the color Cartouche Green which I would argue is more blue than green. Either way it’s lovely.

I covered every bit of the trunk in the Cartouche Green. Next, I used Metropolitan Gray on the metal bits and Selznick Gray on the wood details. Lather, rinse, repeat.

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At this point, it looked so much better but didn’t feel done to me. I sanded everything to distress it a bit. Nothing too clean and shiny looking would fit in in this house. After sanding, I grabbed a can of Varathane’s Worn Navy Stain. Using an old cloth - wear gloves - I forgot and had Smurf hands for a few days - and went over the entire trunk. I put the stain on unevenly and then wiped off the excess.

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Finally, I went back to the inside of the trunk. I’m the only one who will ever see it but, I couldn’t resist the idea from the inspiration post to line the inside with book pages. I chose Anna Karenina. It’s vaguely romantic in parts and I guarantee you I am never going to read it again so I was happy to pull it from the shelves. I put on Netflix, mixed up a container of 1/2 Elmer’s real glue and 1/2 water and went to work while watching Call the Midwife. It’s kind of fun, don’t you think?

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Here it is in it’s new home! I’m so happy to have found this project. And, now it’s back to projects for other people.

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