Sunday, May 16, 2010

Shabby Trunk

I have had a busy week.
I worked 46 hours at the Thrift Store
(Remember how I said "three days please?")
A co-worker had to have her gall bladder out.
Another co-worker had to go to upstate NY to settle her parents estate.
So I got in a lot of extra hours.
But I thought you'd find my other project interesting.
This is a side job (for money) that I took on about a week ago.
The woman bought this trunk from a yard sale.
She has a white iron bed and white wicker furnature in her bedroom.
She wanted this trunk shabby chic'd to fit in with her room.

See that round off white lid on the work board?
That is the color she wanted.
I started by sanding and then wiped the trunk down with alcohol.
Let it dry and mixed Kilz white with some acrylic tan until I had the color I wanted.
Then the painting and the drying.
I wiped the paint off while semi-dry and touched up the places that needed it.
Let it dry again.
Then, I used a scrubber (like steel wool) to get some more paint off.

This is the finished product.
I delivered it to her on Friday and she was really happy with it.
She also gave me an antique mirror to do the same thing with.
But, she said there was no rush.
This was a fun project and took about 5 hours.

Next post, I'll show you my chair that I worked on
at the same time I was doing the chest.

That's it for now, I'll try not to wait a whole week before I post again!


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  2. You did a fabulous job! I have an old
    trunk similar to that and I feel inspired
    to work on it now.
    Thanks, Donna!

  3. It turned out great! You are certainly multi-talented!

  4. You did a lovely job on the trunk, Donna.

  5. Very nice! I love the shabby chic look : ) You did a really good job!

    Gemma X

  6. Wow! What a great job, Donna.

  7. Hi Donna,

    Just got your comment on my blog! Thank you so much for your tip and your lovely words about my blog : ) It's nice to know someone out there likes it :D

    I will definitely try out the beer jar trick!

    Gemma X