Hi everyone :)
In early May, we helped a friend pack a moving truck for a move across the country -- and he had a VERY old trunk that he couldn't take with him and he offered it to me ... ummmmmmmmmm YES!!! :)
Oh was this girl in BAD shape! Yikes! Here she is when I got it from my friend --
He had this in a storage unit -- and if you know anything about Phoenix, Arizona ... it is a DESERT which translate into HOT HOT HOT!!!
So sitting a storage unit for the past FIVE (yes, 5!!!!) years ... it had seen better days! YIKES!! What have I gotten myself into here?!?!?!?
The wood was cracked, the canvas completely trashed ... metal pieces missing ....
So I thought I needed to do some homework before I tackled this ... so I hit up some vintage trunk restoration sites and learned that most of them wanted me to SAVE it if I could ... I realized I didn't want to put A LOT of $$$$$ into this project (Heck, the trunk was free... soooooo ...LOL!) .. so I decided NOT to restore it to it's original glory and went with a decoupage method :)
The canvas was the HARDEST part to take off -- the sites stated it would be easy (to a degree), but since the canvas on this was so trashed, it took me two weekends to get that off ...
Once I got the canvas off -- I realized that the bottom of the trunk was completely ROTTED out -- so I took it off ... (I bought a new piece of wood from the hardware store and stained it for the bottom)
Here it is after I got the canvas off and the wood sanded down and the bottom taken off ....
Here is the new bottom piece I got from the hardware store after I stained it ....
Next, I stained the remaining wood slats on the trunk :)
And here is the finished project --
I used papers from "Dove of the East" and a travel pack of diecuts from Tim Holtz :)
Some closeups :)
And here is our new coffee table in our family room :)
And here is the trunk before and after :)
Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)