Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Trunk Transformation


I love a good transformation project, and I am so excited to show you how this project turned out.
When we were at my in-laws for Christmas, they told us they were cleaning out the basement and offered this trunk to anyone who wanted it.I was excited no one had bitten on this great offer. To be honest, I was stumped on what to do with it at first, but I knew that it had potential.

I started by covering the leather handles with tape. Then I put a nice coat of primer all over the trunk.
Next, I added a coat of a ivory satin spray paint and then used a few coats of almond satin spray paint. I wanted a slight contrast of color when I sanded it at the end.
I decided I wanted it to have a shipping crate look. Sometimes crates have numbers on them, and I wanted mine to be meaningful. I chose an E for my last name, Erkkila, and 04 for the year my husband and I were married.

I found a font that I liked, and typed 'E-04" into Microsoft Excel. I chose Excel because I could make letters larger than an 8 1/2" by 11'' sheet of paper, cut them out, and easily tape the pieces together. I then took 2 old plastic three ring binders and cut the backs and fronts off. I taped them together and traced my letters onto my homemade stencil.
Next, I used my $10 stencil cutter, that I purchased for this project, and cut/melted out my letters. This gave me my own personalized stencil. This didn't take a lot of time, and I found it to be quite enjoyable!
I got out my regular scotch tape and loosely taped it down and added paper to protect the trunk from over spray.
It worked great!

My favorite part was lightly sanding the trunk and giving it the final roughed up look I wanted.

To finish, I put a satin polyurethane finish on top for durability because I expect people would want to sit on it when its in the living room. I also applied a very light coat to the sides just to keep the colors consistent.
I love doing projects like this because it's so fun to transform someone else's old green trunk into something fresh and new. The trunk was in my drive way drying, when a friend asked, "What are you going to do with that old shipping box?" I was thrilled when she said that! I knew the transformation was complete and it turned out just the way I wanted.
Have you ever tackled a similar project? We'd love to see it!

14 comments:

Lindsey @ Better After said...

Looks fantastic! I'd love to find a trunk like that to use as a coffee table. I've never heard of a stencil cutter before, but now I need one!

Brandy and Fam said...

My father-in-law has a similar old trunk in his garage. Who knew it could be turned into something so fantastic? Well, you did obviously! Great idea. I'm very inspired.

m e g a n said...

it is so gorgeous now! you did a great job, and love that it looks so old and vintage or even antique!

~Meg

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Turned out great!
Love the ephemera tie-in...
I was wondering if you were going to tell the story behind it or if it was just some random number and letter!
lol...

Kelsey said...

I just saw a truck like this at the thrift store. I wanted it but couldn't think of a way to transform it. I think I'm going to go back and see if they still have it!

Rachel said...

I love the color and the stencil! Very appealing :)

A Few Pennies said...

That is a fabulous make-over! Great job.

Piorra Maison said...

What a great idea. Looks fantastic.

Erin said...

I love this idea! I found your blog at the DIY Showoff. You have such great ideas and I'm your newest follower! I'd love it if you'd follow me back: http://stillwaterstory.blogspot.com/
Again, you did a fantastic job with this!! :-)

B.Large said...

I love your trunk! I've been looking for a solid trunk for ages, have yet to find one! I love your style! I'm your newest follwer and would love to have your be mine! Thanks for likning up at Sumo's Sweet Stuff! So fun to party!
http://brandlarge.blogspot.com
Brandi Jo

Jena @ Involving Color said...

This turned out great! I love old trunks. Just came across your blog and I'm a new follower.

Sommer said...

Oooh oooh! I LURVE this idea! I have a metal trunk just like this. I have painted another one pure white but I love the stenciling! This is a FANTASTIC project. Great job! I would be delighted if you would link this to my VIP party today! http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/03/vip-party-6.html

Cheers!
Sommer

Sommer said...

Oh I'm following you too ;P

Christina @ The Tattered Tag said...

Nifty stencil idea & the trunk is pretty cool too!! Thanks for linking yet another great project to my blog bash K.I.S.S. Tomorrow is another bash, hope to see you there...

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