Saturday, February 4, 2012

Junk in the Trunk

Okay...I lied just a little bit, there is no junk in this trunk.  When I found it, there was a lot of junk ON the trunk, but nothing really inside (except an old, musty smell and a few cobwebs).  I immediately saw that this baby had potential!!!  I HAD to have it!


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)!

Sarah

43 comments:

  1. Yes it was a steal!! Love the shade of yellow! Lookin' good!!

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  2. Twelve bucks and he wanted kisses? Sounds like he was hoping to get the additional money out in trade!

    ~Bliss~ Newest Follower

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    1. Newest Follower? Why'd I put that.

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  3. You broke Old Man Withers' heart, but you got a fabulous deal! (Old Man Withers is the name we gave him, not his real name. When we learned his real name, we were quite disappointed. It wasn't as good as the one we made up for him. Hence, he shall forever be Old Man Withers to us and to the Blog World.) I love a yellow trunk.

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  4. Stumbled upon your great blog and just wanted to leave a comment to invite you to visit my blog and enter my GIVEAWAY! Hope to see you soon =)
    Just Tututiny

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  5. Cute! Just found your blog from 1929 Charmer, I am your newest follower. Sounds like we have the same addiction to furniture, lol! Come and say hi sometime, pagesfromhome.blogspot.com

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  6. I love the title of the blog post. You are clever!

    The trunk looks great!

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  7. Much better! Great job! :)

    Thank you SO much for sharing in the DIY Project Parade! ;)

    Have a great week!

    Roeshel

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  8. We have an old trunk, similarly painted yellow. However, my daughter took it upon herself to turn it into a pop art fail...with poster paint. Ugh. Now I'm gearing up to wash all of that off and start over.

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  9. Great trunk makeover. I would love for you to share you talents at my weekly fri-monday linky.

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  10. Great colour choice! That is a trunk with a lot of zing!

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  11. I love trunks. It seems like they are hard to find! Pretty cool!

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  12. Great makeover! Love the vintage Coke crate and glass jars.

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  13. got black eyed peas in my head now ....
    haha great trunk
    ~laura

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  14. $12!!! are you kidding? That is awesome! Great job on cleaning and painting it up too!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  15. Looks great! You did a great job & what a steal on the deal. Thanks for linking up at Giggles, Glitz & Glam!

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  16. This looks A-mazing and I just adore the yellow!
    Oh and btw.. I am following via linky followers.. and of course I think you should join the Crafterbowl.. I can't guarantee furniture.. but I am sure you would dazzle with any medium!

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  17. I love it in yellow!! And what a steal- twelve dollars?! Awesome!

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  18. Nice deal on the trunk. Love that shade of yellow.

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  19. that is so fun! i love yellow- it's such a happy color on furniture!

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  20. Awesome find!!! XO, Aimee

    PS Following you on linky!

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  21. I had to check out a post that said Junk in the Trunk, not that anyone has ever said that to me before! I really like the trunk and a score for 12 bucks. Also really like the color. Great job fixing her up!

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  22. What a great job! We have an old trunk with the dome top. Still unfinished. Following via Welcome Wednesday.

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  23. Love the old man story, I laughed out loud!that trunk is awesome!

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  24. Great blog and great post!! Happily following via Welcome Wednesday. I hope you will follow me, too! Many blessings to you!

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  25. Turned out grrrrreat! And the price makes it even cuter!

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  26. What a fantastic transformation! Now I want a musty old trunk!! I found you on the Linky Followers Blog Hop... I'm now following you- would love it if you followed me too! :)
    -Melissa
    serendipityandspice.blogspot.com

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  27. $12.00?? Yes, you did steal the trunk. It's too cute. Enjoying looking through your post. Im new to blogland......only 2 weeks in. So, COME VISIT ME!!!

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  28. What a great deal and transformation! Thank you for sharing it at Potpourri Friday!

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  29. What an awesome deal!! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

    www.bearrabbitbear.com

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  30. 12 bucks!!! You lucky dog!!! You did a great job with too! I love the yellow!
    New linky follower! Hope you'll follow back!
    Sharon

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  31. New linky follower! Can I get a follow back please? Thanks!

    Tammy
    http://luckyemeraldsreviews.blogspot.com/

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  32. Terrific!!!popping over from Potpourri Friday and sending Hugs and happy weekend wishes. xo

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  33. What a steal! Love the color you chose too.

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  34. hi
    i like the yellow, but i'd put a bit of that black/white back in... and perhaps even an accent of that red. by coloring the features, they will stand out more.

    anyhow... experiment. i'd start out with white..

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  35. Love how your trunk turned out. I have a very old one that is a humpback. Someone has painted the entire thing with black enamel paint. It has beautiful details but, as I said, all black enamel. Would rather not paint it all one color. It needs new straps and hardware but I'll worry about that later. Can you give me some ideas and WHAT do I do about that disgusting paint? Thanks Nancy

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  37. AMAZING! This turned out FABULOUS! What a deal...such a gem! Thanks for sharing at my party!!! Happy Valentine's Day!!! XO, Aimee

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  38. What a fabulous trunk! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

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  39. Loving the colour. I have a trunk to makeover too so loving yours.
    I'm your new linky follower, would love for you to follow me back.
    Thanks

    Linda
    http://coachhousecraftingonabudget.blogspot.com/

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  40. What type of paint did you use? I just got a similar trunk at a garage sale and it needs a makeover. Thanks.

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