I love trunks, don't you? Trunks and dressers seem to find their way to me, and I guess chairs too. Well maybe tables, and bed frames too, OK, OK, a lot of old furniture finds it's way to me. Wow, I need to find a way to attract buffets/sideboards, because those are my favourite. Notice I clarified that by adding sideboards? Food buffets don't find their way to me, but I possibly may find my way to them a little too often, you know what I mean?
I digress, back on topic, I do love trunks, this one was given to me by a friend, it came out of an old cabin that he was renovating. You just never know if someone is going to throw everything to the dump, so just in case, I told him if any of the furniture was going to the dump, please give me first crack at it. I hate it when furniture goes to the dump. He gave me two end tables, a dresser and this trunk, wow, great haul.
Speaking of haul, here is my husband hauling it all home for me, even though he threatens to burn all my "junk" on a daily basis. Did I mention the cabin was on an island, ha ha, we had to get it before the ice broke up, yes that is ice, not a farmer's field.
I'm not sure why pictures never show how bad something really looks, and then later pictures never seem to do a piece justice, how can that be? Maybe I'll ask Siri, she always bugging me for questions ;)
Anyway, some of the fabric had been torn off this trunk, which saved me from having to do it, because it had to go!
The inside didn't look any better.
I gave the whole thing a good sanding, inside and out.
It looked pretty good, those brown spots are just where snow was melting off the roof.
I had some gel stain handy, so I put that on it. It looked great, but didn't have any pizzaz.
I added turqoise and thought I ruined the whole thing! It doesn't look so bad in the picture, but in person it looked gaudy.
I sanded most of it away, and suddenly I loved it. I varnished the whole thing, metal and all and it really added life to it, especially the hardware.
I still needed something to put it over the top. I painted a flourish on the front to add just that little bit extra.
and another on the top, ahhh, perfection. I added just a little stain on the flourishes just to tone them down a bit.
Ok, I will confess, this is not quite finished, I need to replace the handles on the sides which I will do with pieces of an old belt. Ha, you didn't even notice did you?