I am a little bit ashamed to tell you this, but I practically stole this from a sweet, old man at my favorite antique store (the store was discussed in a previous blog entry: Click here to learn more!). The price said $50, and without ANY negotiation, the old man told me that I could have the trunk for only $12.00!!!! After several more hugs and attempted kisses, I brought it home (the trunk, not the old man). I used heavy-duty cleaners and a lot of elbow grease to give it the scrub down that it needed.
I liked the trunk the way that it was and debated about whether or not to paint it. The original, unusual details were great...just not Dumped and Discovered great! I felt that it needed a little makeover...something slightly different....something more versatile...something YELLOW!!!!
When I started this project, I wasn't sure whether or not I was going to distress the final product. For all you do-it-yourselfers, you should always prep a lighter colored piece with a darker color that you would like to show through if you plan on distressing. So just in case, I started with red. I know...the next picture looks like a crime scene.
After the red dried (all you need is ONE coat), I painted the whole trunk - hardware and all - a beautiful yellow.
When I finished with the yellow (it only took two coats), I liked the trunk so much that I decided not to distress it! Of course if it gets a little banged up in the future, I won't be too upset! Trunks are fantastic because they can be used as coffee tables, end tables, hiding places for kids, or as a great focal point in any room.
Happy Junkin' (in the trunk)!