Thursday, June 2, 2011

Rustic Trunk from Salvaged Wood



I'll spare you the picture of me butt-up and knee-deep in our local landfill but I will promise you if you ever get a chance to dig around in one -- you'll be hooked!




I was when I found this pile of heart pine wood on my very first trip.  Crystal ball...I see a second trip in my very near future.  

The 1x6's were clean and pretty clear of nails.  I'm saving them for my next "big" project -- a powder room addition.  They'll make a beautiful, free ceiling treatment for the tiny room.  

The 1x12's were nasty and riddled with holes.  They looked like they had been involved in a shoot-out with a nail gun in which they'd barely survived.  



We call that "character" in these parts...


I needed a(nother) storage spot for fabric in the guestroom where I sew so I just ignored all the negatives and carried on -- just like the sign says.












The construction was very basic.  I added a stencil, applied randomly using stain, to add a little "something, something" to the basic box look.




I have to tell you about the quilt I plan to leave folded on the trunk.  It's vintage, was a $10 find, and it has only one loose seam. 


Oh, and it's amazing!!!

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58 comments:

  1. Great work on the trunk - I really need to learn how to work with wood...

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  2. I love your new trunk, great job as always! I just finished my trompe loeil clock inspired by yours so drop by when you get a chance!

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  3. I love it Lindy!! The stencils are a brilliant addition. YOU are brilliant. :D

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  4. Very cute! I'm impressed with your dump shopping! Our dump is so smelly, I can't wait to get the heck out of there. :)

    I love the room! Beautiful!

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  5. Love the dump look,nice work!
    Hugs, Amy

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  6. Landfill, Amy, landfill! ;o)

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  7. Yes it certainly has character! Good job, like everything you do! And the quilt was a nice find too!

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  8. Great job, looks fantastic!!! A very beautiful room!

    hugs
    Charo

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  9. Lindy- That is one good looking nail riddled chest you got there!!!! LOVE it- you did a fantastic job-but I don't believe you sew in that room. I got out my magnifying glass and searched and I could not find one stray thread hanging off anything! Oh...maybe you sew UNDER the bed? Love this post- xxoo Diana

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  10. Lindy ~ love that trunk and the quilt is just fabulous ;-)

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  11. Well, I;m sure inspired. I'll be making one very soon. Thanks for sharing

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  12. @NanaDiana
    Diana -- all those stray threads are just of view of the camera!!!!

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  13. What a great job! I don't know if I'd be allowed to root thru our landfill..... I love the trunk and the quilt too.

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  14. Wow, I can't believe you got that quilt for $10 bucks! I never find stuff like that around here.

    The trunk came out really cool. I'm a dumpster diver myself, so I know how addictive it can be. ;)

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  15. You are just too clever! I hope to one day have your wood working skills! And that quilt. What a steal!

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  16. Looks great...I'm sure you had a blast out there:) Awesome deal on the quilt.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  17. Oh my! The trunk is fabulous...well done for sure!
    I am going to have to visit dumpsters and landfills more often!!!
    And that quilt...fantastic!!
    Both look perfect in your guestroom.
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  18. This is beautiful - I LOVE it!
    OXOX

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  19. Love it! And the stencil just adds that extra special touch!

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  20. So pretty! You did a great job!

    Have a great weekend! :)

    ~Liz

    P.S. I'm your newest follower!

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  21. That looks like an antique from way back in your family! Great job!

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  22. I love the addition of stencils on the truck, it looks great. The whole room is very pretty.(-:

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  23. really nice job! Landfill you say? Hard to imagine, but fabulous job with the raw ingredients & big kudos to you for salvaging! Lovely room - just everything is pretty :)

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  24. I adore something beautiful made from freebies! I would love to forage in our dump but it's not allowed. Every time I see a truck headed in there I want to stop them so I can browse. I really like your bird motif chest of drawers and quilt too. Stopping by from Shabby Nest.

    Sarah

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  25. I love it! I really love the colors in that room. What color is your bed and walls?

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  26. Love it! Such a great find and you really made the most of it.

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  27. How beautiful! You certainly have vision. Where did you purchase the handles? Thanks!

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  28. I cannot imagine your lovely self digging through any landfills, and creating beauty to boot. I adore the stencils--subtle with a lot of impact.

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  29. Love the stenciled trunk, Lindy! It really looks classy. I love foraging for "junque." I can just imagine the image of butt up! LOL
    ~ Sue

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  30. Fabulous! And I love the little fan!

    Jeanine

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  31. Lindy, what a pretty room. Love the trunk you made and still love that bird chest. That quilt was only $10? What a steal!

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  32. I adore that trunk. Next time you have to show photos of the landfill. The room is very cute also. Love you bird dresser.

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  33. Well done! The trunk looks great. The stenciling adds that extra something.

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  34. Love the trunk you created, now you are a gal at heart to go dig in the landfill I can only imagine if I told him I was going to do that he would have me committed to a mental hospital! LOL

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  35. I love the trunk (& don't we all need more fabric storage!)! What a great buy on that quilt, too! My craft/guest room is NEVER that neat! I am jealous!

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  36. Wow, this looks lovely. I am hosting a photobook giveaway on my blog. Would love to see you there. Have a great week. Anu

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  37. Wow, this looks lovely. I am hosting a photobook giveaway on my blog. Would love to see you there. Have a great week. Anu

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  38. Gorgeous! You're a clever cookie. I love how you did the stencil with a stain :)

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  39. I have been looking for a trnk for m son's room to put his toys in. I wish I knew how to build one! I would love it if you shared this with Workshop Wednesday!

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  40. It was worth the 'DIG'.. It turned out so good.

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  41. Ooh, I have some wood boards I have been saving and now I want to build a trunk like that! Do you have a tutorial or at least measurements to help out?

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  42. Nicely done - and the room is so pretty, especially the painted chest in the background!

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  43. Sometimes when I visit blogs I am blown away with the creativity I find. This is one of those posts :) This is a terrific project. It turned out perfect and is lovely to look at and functional! Nice job,

    Kindly, Lorraine

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  44. really cool trunk you made,, i need one like that for extra blankets. Love the quilt.

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  45. What a beautiful trunk! You did such a good job.

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  46. What?! Are you serious? That thing is gorgeous! So you built it? wow. That turned out so very cute! Please come link to my party this weekend =) http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/06/vip-party-18.html

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  47. Lindy, What a fabulous job you did on the trunk. I also love the stencil you added. Have a great weekend and thank you for joining my party.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  48. Love it! You did a fabulous job and I totally heart heart pine ;).

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  49. Amazing! Love the stencil you added. And the quilt it fabulous, too! It's a winner all the way around! Thanks for linking up at WWC! This is fabulous example of authentic rustic style!

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  50. Hi :) I'm Ava from Australia and I'm your newest follower .I really love your quilt, and the trunk looks wonderful with the stencil. Looking forward to reading more ! xx

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