So obviously I’ve always wanted my own chest or trunk of my own.
I decided that by buying a trunk that could be used in my wedding as a card box and for keepsakes afterwards would justify the purchase. Not having the budget to buy the same kind of chest my mother had, I decided to find something smaller and rustic. I loved the structure of this trunk, but decided it needed to be refinished before displayed at the wedding.
So do you guys like it?
I’m so happy how it turned out and can’t wait to use it for the wedding.
I’ve been quite enamored with the whole shabby chic effect; hence the distressed look.
Here is what you need to get this look:
old trunk – or new
sand paper – high grit
power sander to make the job easier
primer – I used Behr white paint and primer in one (sample size)
paint – I used Martha Stewart Sea Glass (sample size)
new screws or hinges if unusable
cork board tiles
glue – I used gorilla glue
I first sanded most of the two layers of paint (and permanent marker) off, put down a coat of primer, one coat of sea glass paint and then another coat of my white primer/paint. These coats took a while to dry, so over that waiting period I repainted the hinges and replaces the screws since most of them were stripped. I also used some leather conditioner on the strap. Once the trunk was dry, I then undid some of my precious work by sanding off random areas. Definitely sand all corners or areas where natural wear would occur.
To make the trunk a little bit more unique I added cork board to the inside. Since the tiles weren’t that thick, I added foam board first, then cut the titles to the appropriate fit.
Now you are probably wondering why I would put cork board on the inside of a trunk…Well the trunk will be left open during my wedding for cards to be left in and I wanted to utilize the inside lid to display pictures, notes, and a “card box” sign. I got the inspiration to do this from one of our wedding photographers, Mae! Check out her cork board DIY here.
I love creating and watching my work unfold. I could definitely see myself refinishing lots of older pieces in the future. Speaking of future…we recently put an offer in on a house and it was accepted today!
We are hoping to close after the wedding, so nothing is official yet, but I’m so excited about the potential of this house and what these hands can create in it.