I bought this trunk 12 years ago from a local craftsman. It lived in my old house as a coffee table/toy storage and back then I had the south west theme going on (cringe). One day I decided that it should no longer be stained blue, but should be black, and then I gave up. That was 11 years ago and since then it has sat in my garage, being used as something to practice my piling addiction on. LOL.
I’m warning you, it’s ugly. But it’s a good sturdy piece with dovetailed construction.
I set to work yesterday to make it pretty. It was sanded, then primed with an oil based primer.
I then painted it with 3 coats of Ralph Lauren’s Roadster White. I love this white and use it on most of my signs; It’s creamy without being yellowish.
I wanted something on it that was simple and decided on a damask pattern. I cut out a stencil and applied it to the top and the front. I sanded lightly to make the damask look like it had been on there a long time. Some distressing was done to expose the blue stain underneath the paint.
And now it is a welcome addition to my front entry, providing tons of storage and a place to sit to put on shoes.
I am not a furniture painter by nature, if there is such a beast, and I think there is :) But I may change my mind after this one because it turned out better than I anticipated.