Saturday, 11 April 2015

Turquoise Trunk With a Flourish

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There is a funny story that goes along with this makeover.  Before I did the red trunk, I pulled this one out to work on.  Don't be fooled by the paint can, I didn't use Annie Sloan paint on this one, I was planning to, but I used it on the Compass Rose trunk. Anyway, back to my story.  I was about to scrape the labels off this trunk when I noticed that it used to belong to a friend of mine. I guess I bought it from her yard sale years ago.  She had been looking at this CN trunk to give to her daughter, so I thought I would see if she wanted this trunk made over instead.  She said she didn't, but would like to see it.  I sent her a picture and she called me back in a few minutes and said her daughter wanted the trunk made over, 

and she wanted the label saved. 

As you can see it is a metal trunk from the 1970's.

I scrubbed it down and painted it with Zinser 123, and then 2 coats of Smoked Turquoise Semi-gloss Cabinet and Trim paint by Dutch Boy.  I also added feet to the bottom of it (more feet that I made in Mesa).

Here it is, all made over.

I thought I would have to paint the brassy hardware, but I found that when I antiqued the whole thing with ebony stain, it changed the colour of the hardware just perfectly!  I then coated it with satin finish varathane to protect the antiquing.

I cut out the flourish on my silhouette cameo machine, man I love that thing!


The paper inside was intact, but quite stained so I painted it with Zinser 123 and then a coat of semi-gloss paint.  So fresh now.

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Saturday, 4 April 2015

Liquor Cabinet Made Out of an Old Dresser

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I can't believe I didn't take a before picture of this one!  Well if I did, I can't find it.  Anyway, a friend gave me this one (thanks Clifford you are the best!), he described it as "a cheap Walmart dresser", so you can all picture it now right?

Well this is what it looks like now.

I painted the inside gray, and made two shelves and finished them with tongue and groove pine that I "weathered" myself.  So loving this new technique, I'm going to have to use it again soon. 

I made a rack in the middle for wine storage.

I added these plumbing pieces that I picked up in Mesa (from my favourite Mesa artist, Lance Lockhart) for the two drawers that I left in place.

I primed it and then painted it with black, I sanded it to expose some of the original finish and then gave it two coats of varathane.

I hope you like it!

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