Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Trunk Love

I'm not saying it was ugly, exactly, because at one time I was deeply and madly in love with this little trunk.  But now?  Well, let's just say the relationship was on the rocks,  a legal separation was in the works and  I was moving on -- looking for something new to fill the
empty spot in my heart living room. 

Before

So what would the perfect replacement look like?  

Well, after scouring the thrift stores looking for something in need of a face lift that would fit my needs (and cost me nearly nothing) I would probably have come up with something like this.....



That's right.  The answer, with a little tweaking, was right there all along.

I removed most of the studs, sanded off as much of the painting as I could, and stained the entire piece heavily.  Using painters tape, the new won't pull everything off kind, I taped off the stripes and painted them antique gold letting some of the stain come through.  
In this case -- sloppy was good.


After





After some serious counseling (for me, not the trunk) we're now back together and doing well...


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41 comments:

  1. Definitely love the gold stripes.

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  2. I really do love those stripes...great looking makeover! Happy Thanksgiving and WAR EAGLE!!!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  3. Love the transformation! I'm glad you were able to reconcile your differences!
    ~Amanda

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  4. The stripes look great! It now goes so well in your room! Wishing you a very HAPPY Thanksgiving! xox

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  5. Love that change Lindy! Love the details on the trunk and the book thingy on top, Oh, I love so much!!!

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  6. I'm such a sucker for wooden boxes and trunks...your reclamation has given me some good ideas for one of my small trunks!

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  7. Hi! I just found your blog and love it.You have such great ideas.The trunk looks amazing. I am becoming a follower, look forward to visiting you again.Chris

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  8. Doesn't it feel great using what you have and just revamping it? I find myself doing it more and more...why buy new when there are thrift stores, why shop at thrift stores when people give me cool things, why accumulate more stuff when what I have might just serve the purpose.

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  9. Great job. The trunk is beautiful.

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  10. Very Very Cool! You'd never know it was the same trunk! Love those kinds of re-dos! It looks great the way you have it set up now! Hugs- Diana

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  11. That's stunning, Lindy. Thanksgiving blessings to you, friend!

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  12. Great change! I love painters tape, it allows you to do such interesting things. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  13. Great job, it looks lovely:))
    Greetings from Europe, Biljana

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  14. oh wow, i really love that! great job!

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  15. Looks so much better! In fact, my ten year old says "That's cute" (she is my mini interior designer). Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  16. Hi, Lindy, thanks for stopping by & chiming in on that post. It was fun to read the comments on that one &I think lots of us struggle with comparing & seeing things we love in blogland, but don't necessarily want to change our homes to go that direction. The point was to simply be true to yourself & I hope that is what we all do.\
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  17. Lindy~ this is really a great project! I see pieces like this and never think of re-doing them...you've inspired me!

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  18. Enjoyed your allegory, of sorts. But, I must say, you may have gotten the counseling, but Trunk had to be willing to make some major changes in his life.
    It really is pretty now, I'm glad you were courageous to re-do it. It's hard to paint over something that we once enjoyed so much. I can think of several things that I gave away when really I should have just repainted them.
    Hugs, Cindy

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  19. I'm so happy your reconciliation was a successful one! Goes to show, every relationship improves with a little TLC. ;)

    Thanks for linking to my party. Your projects (and the accompanying commentary) are always delightful.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com

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  20. Love what you did with this. The gold is perfect!

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  21. Oh wow. This is seriously gorgeous! Looks like a high end Pier One Imports item to me! Stunning redo! I just love the stained finish!

    Donna

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  22. Excellent. The trunk is something I would have dismissed in the thrift store in a second. Good eye and it totally goes with your living room now.

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  23. That trunk looks a zillion times better! You've saved it :)

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  24. LOVE THIS! My gosh I have serious trunk envy now. And the box on top is lined with book spines? How seriously creative is that? Now I'm thinking I could fake that with a regular box...I'm so glad I clicked on your link!

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  25. Oooooooh! Now that's what I call a makeover!

    Jeanine

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  26. Very nice... It definitely looks more updated! New to your blog, glad I came by.

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  27. You did a great job. What a great facelift on the trunk!

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  28. I have a "book" style end table that is "on the rocks" with me right now. I didn't think I dared to paint it, but why not? Your results are an inspiration. Great redo.

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  30. This is a fabulous transformation! I would have never thought to remove some of the studs!

    I would love it if you would add this great project to my link party!

    http://dittledattle.blogspot.com/2010/11/first-ever-linky-party-amaze-me-monday.html

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  31. It looks terrific. The stripes are great in your room, too. Hope you'll drop by and see our Christmas mantels. We're early this year. Jane

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  32. Nicely done! Always a good thing to work through "relationship problems" whenever possible. :-)

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  33. It looks great! I also like the little box that looks like books on top of it. Nice arrangement!

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  34. What a great post! I would love for you to link this up to my linky party! http://danajeanward.blogspot.com/2010/11/link-up-giveaway-and-winner.html

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  35. Love it..very pottery barn looking...looks great in your beautiful room.

    Sylvia

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  36. Very creative and so much better! Came by way House of Grace ... thanks for sharing!

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  37. That's an awesome redo -- yours looks so much better!

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  38. It looks great. And I own the same rug! lol! It's in this post. http://creatingahouseofgrace.blogspot.com/2010/11/twice-owned-tuesday_29.html

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  39. Oh Lindy, you have done it again! You waved your magic Lindy wand and came up with a beautiful high-end piece of furniture! I want one of those trunks! I want one of you magic wands. Thank you so much for sharing your trunk on the Boardwalk Bragfest!

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  40. What a great change! The stripes look great! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

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