Robin from Redo It Yourself Inspirations did an incredible transformation on this curbside find trunk with Midnight Sky and Devotion. Come see the amazing before and after photos in this blog post!
I found this beat up trunk on the curbside.
And I saw potential.
So I peeled off all of the cloth/vinyl coverings. And I saw stains and natural distress.
I had an idea. Since this is for my son's room and we are doing the Americana theme. this would make an awesome flag trunk.
A distressed flag. The famous one.
The Star Spangled Banner.
I drilled holes in each corner to accommodate castor wheels for easier moving around.
Then set off to paint the entire lid with a USA blue color.
I used Country Chic Paint in Midnight Sky... watered down to make it translucent so making the stains show through.
Then stenciled on the 15 stars to replicate the Star Spangled Banner Flag.
Then hand sanded, lightly, on all of the high parts of the ripples in the wood.
For the stripes on each side of the trunk, I used painters' tape to paint on a latex white, thinned with water.
Then taped off the white stripes and painted the red stripes in Country Chic Paint in watered down Devotion.
Then I had to address the missing handle. So I used a very thick and double stitched man's leather belt. It was the right size to insert and screw into place.
Then removed the other handle and replaced it with another piece of the leather belt to match it up.
Then using a world atlas book, decoupaged map pages on the inside of the trunk.
Then all of the rough bordered seams of the trunk got rubbed and buffed with a metallic wax.
It freshened up the corners and framing.
Then I wrote out the national anthem on the front of the trunk.
First in pencil for mistakes, then topped off with a black sharpie pen.
Now, there is this awesome Star Spangled Banner trunk with 15 stars, the national anthem, and the stripes all in a natural distressed look in red, white and blue.
Hi there! I'm Robin, an Adirondack born and raised DIY'er transplanted into the capital area of New York. I blog at Redo It Yourself Inspirations where I share tutorials that focuses on all aspects of the DIY Home and Garden. I enjoy showing how to be thrifty while recycling and re-purposing every day items and furniture as much as possible. I love helping others find the inspiration to make better uses of things creatively.