This was fun. I’m a box collector, so I love trunks. Even though I’m not wild, I do like to do unpredictable things sometimes. Here’s what I started with. This nice-sized, sturdy trunk was from a yard sale at a hoarder’s house. I actually got two trunks (she had a few, of course), but this one seemed more ready for artistic vision:
Pretty yucky, olive green, canvas-covered old wooden trunk. These trunks were ubiquitous at one time, and, if you found one, you may have thought, like I did, that it had to be restored to its original condition. That was tough to do, with all those tacks and leather and stamped metal. The parts for these things cost a fortune! And then when you were done, you got something that was traditional, shiny, and kind of boring. So, fast forward to now, when painting just about anything in an artistic manner is way more fun and rewarding. This is what you get:
Land ho! It’s a coffee table! It’s a storage piece! To me, it looks like it just washed up from the Caribbean Sea, filled with treasure. Just yank all those nasty, rotten, old leather stumps that were straps right off. Pull out all the tacks. Fill the holes those old curved tacks left behind. You don’t even have to repair the old ripped canvas that covers the wood. Just paint over it! Then wax the whole thing, including the rusty metal and the wood slats. It even got a lining of grey felt, so that the old paper lining won’t keep flaking off, and favorite treasures can go inside.
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