Monday, September 19, 2011

Trunk Transformation


I'm so excited to have finally painted a piece of furniture.  Does a trunk count as furniture?  I guess it does when you use it as a bedside table.  Anyways...if you remember last week's post, the trunk above used to look like the trunk below.


I guess this picture isn't all that helpful since you can't see much of it, but what you need to know is that it was a hot mess.  The trunk originally belonged to my husband's grandparents and sometime in the 70's it got a very bad, dark blue paint job.

At first I thought about painting just the parts of the trunk that were blue and leaving the wood and black metal hardware the way they were, but the blue paint was kind of all over the place.  Blue paint would have been visible on the wood and hardware, so I just decided to paint the whole thing.  

I've posted this picture before, but Holly's trunk over at In The Fun Lane assured me that I could cover the whole trunk with paint and it would look good.

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I borrowed another one of her ideas and used mistinted paint that I found at Wal-Mart to paint my trunk.  Ever since I read that she uses mistints on her furniture makeovers I duck into the paint aisle every time I visit a home improvement store to see if I can come across any good colors. 

That cream color was pretty much perfect and since we already had primer, my little trunk transformation only cost $4.23 + tax. 

This picture's not very good, but you can see more of the trunk.

And here's a gratuitous close-up shot of the accessories....

...which are totally staged.  That's actually my husband's side of the bed and he does not read Jane Austen novels or House Beautiful, nor does he use that alarm clock.  We have a big ugly digital one that he uses everyday.  That silver clock just looked so much better in pictures.

OK, now let's go waaay back and see the difference new paint on the walls and a new bedside table make.

Before:

After:

It's coming together piece by piece.  I still haven't sold my old curtains and made any money for new ones so I think I'll be covering my lampshade with burlap next.

Hope y'all are having a great Monday!

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29 comments:

Kim @ keller-creative said...

I love that trunk (and that you admitted it was staged, I do that too)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh, it's looking fabulous. I love it. Such a great trunk and it makes a wonderful table. Hugs Marty

KL said...

Love it - it looks great! I love the look of painted furniture but just can't bring myself to paint anything we have. Maybe your post is just the inspiration I need:)

Mindy said...

How have I never noticed your iron bed before!? It's sooo pretty! The room looks really nice.

Ashley said...

Looks fantastic!!~

Aaron said...

Thanks!

Mindy,
I think everything, even the black bed, just used to blend into those cream walls. That blue paint made a huge difference. I'm officially in love with Benjamin Moore's Glass Slipper!

love. lindsey said...

I love it! I think you may have inspired me to give my old trunk a fresh coat of paint :)

aimee said...

it looks gorgeous, iv been wanting to get a trunk for a while, yours looks amazing xxx

Pamela said...

This is adorable! Came from T&T Link up party... I love the little image add ons you did for the locks (were those painted?)

Very cute, your room is adorable too!

Pamela @ pbjstories.blogspot.com

Jessica @ Decor Adventures said...

Wow, I really love this. I must confess I came over from Home Stories A 2 Z because your photo really stood out on the link party. It's so bright and beautiful, great photo skills!

And the creamy color fits right into your room, really nice job :-)

Deanna said...

Love the color and love how you get lucky sometimes with "oops" paint colors and price! I want one now! lol

Thanks for sharing
Deanna@DeelitefulCreations

Love&Marriage said...

absolutely beautiful! New to your blog!

A Lived in Home said...

What a great space! The trunk is awesome! So romantic!
Come check me out- www.alivedinhome.blogspot.com

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

I love this trunk makeover! Awesome job!!

Natalie Cross said...

fabulous! i'm going to feature it tomorrow!
http://beachhouseinthecity.blogspot.com

Dana said...

Love it! Looks like it just stepped off the pages of a magazine. Thanks for sharing!

MyChampagneTaste said...

it looks so romantic, love it
And such a great photography
Visiting from Mr. Mustard Seeds

Rasha @ mychampagnetaste

Revi said...

Loving your choices! It was nice before, but it pops now! I love your mix of cool and warm whites. I LOVE the mistint paints too!
Your photography is really nice - what type of equipment do you have? It's my first visit - stopping by via Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed!
-Revi

Jen said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Your thumbnail on MMS's party reeled me in! I love the trunk and all of the pieces you used for staging. Hey, it's so okay to stage! Nobody lives in their homes the same way that they photograph them. A lived in house becomes a home in my opinion. Just as a funny side note, we have the same curtains... I'm trying to sell mine too. :) Would love to have you stop by sometime!

littlemisspennywenny.blogspot.com

Carmen said...

We have a very similar trunk in the living room. It is used as a side table. For years I have been asking my hubby to "do something with it"...while I like it's antique look, it just looks off in the living room. Now I have more ammo! I have pinned it and can't wait to show it to the dear hubby. Thanks.

Would love it if you would link this up to our Rockin' link party going on now at RoCa and Company. Here is the link: http://rocaandcompany.blogspot.com/2011/09/welcome-fall-and-you-rock-2.html Come and show off what you got. Hope to see you there...

Remember...YOU ROCK!!

Carmen @
RoCa and Company
www.rocaandcompany.blogspot.com

Craftberry Bush said...

L-O-V-E......saying anything else is useless...:)
Lucy

Craftberry Bush said...

But I will tell you that I'm your newest fan...thanks for inspiring..xo
Lucy

Upscale Downhome said...

First of all, let me say I love your honesty with the gratuitous use of accessories. Funny...my husband doesn't read Jane Austen either! LOL! Love the look of the trunk freshened up. It seems so simple but it's something I've never considered. I love the way the brass hardware contrasts. Gorgeous! I just found your blog through Miss Mustard seed and look forward to following...

Renee said...

Super job! You should share this at my Shabby Share link party over at Rustic Crafts! ~ http://rustic-crafts.com/?p=2152

Kim @ Too Much Time said...

This is beautiful! I featured it today. Come grab check it out and grab a button!
Kim

http://kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com/2011/09/good-morning-sunshine_26.html

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

Love your "new" trunk!

Jenny
www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

Belinda said...

I love the soft grey on the wall. What do you call that colour? Do you still recall the brand/colour?

Aaron said...

Belinda, it's actually a blue-gray and it's Benjamin Moore's glass slipper.

Annaliese said...

i stumbled upon your blog & love your thrify ideas! i'm a huge fan of the mis-tints & my hubby thinks i'm a little obsessed because i'm always coming home with them, then playing "mad scientist" by mixing them with different colors and attacking random items around the house. your trunk turned out great :)

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