Refinished Yard Sale Trunk

Do you ever need a little motivation to help  rise up and bring one of our latest finds to life?

I do. And it’s nothing like blog friends to get you going!  I finally refinished an old trunk III bought at a yard sale over three years ago. Today it stands sits proudly with a new coat of paint & a little pizzazz.

But I’m getting a little ahead of myself. When III rescued this hidden treasure at a neighborhood yard sale she looked something like this. Could you pass her up? What if I told you they only wanted $5.00?
A DIYers dream.

And at the foot of bed after bed she sat…collecting long lost treasures that include Third Eye Blind CDs and favorite sweatshirts, until one day I saw a little pinspiration that provided the much needed motivation to refinish the trunk.

Isn’t this piece beautiful, the perfect combination of clean lines and distressed charm. And just like that I had direction. After taping off the leather and nail head trip I sponge rolled the chest in a pure white…before it dried I went back over things with a sanding block. Aged perfection that only took about 20 minutes.

After painting and sanding I used this chevron stencil I made using my Silhouette and stencil film to add a monochromatic chevron pattern to the top of the trunk. I used the same white as before but painted a solid coat. I have to tell you that III was quite puzzled as I embarked on this part of the transformation. He sweetly asked what I was doing here…as in “Is it suppose to look like that? I thought you were making it look old, but chevron is new???” I’m not sure I’ve won him over on the pattern just yet…but chevron is working it’s charm.
For both the number 717 (our anniversary) and to refinish the brass I used Martha Stewart’s line of gilding finishes. I love the extra pop the fresh gold provides against the white.

(I used my Silhouette to cut the 717 stencil).

And just like that one person’s junk became our house’s treasure.
Have you upcycled a great find lately?

I’m also joining a few other parties,  including The Dog Days of  Winter are Over, which are always a hit!

TDC Before and After

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  1. It turned our so great/1 I love trunks instead of coffee tables…plus you can hide junk in it!!!
    We just got our link party up and running and would love if you came and joined in on the fun. Each week we are giving away free ad space for one week to one random party goer. Our main site gets thousands of hits per day and The Better Half gets thousands per week. Hope to see you there!

  2. this is great, love the chevron and the gold touches.

  3. What a beautiful transformation! OH my goodness you did a great job. Love the white and black together and accents of gold.

  4. PS – I'm your newest follower! Your etsy shop is awesome. And my bff is an Auburn alum. ;)

  5. oh my – this is one heck of a makeover! I'm in love! and I need to try that Martha stuff! Thanks for playing along!

  6. Cute! What a clever idea. I would LOVE for you to link this up at my Ginger Jamboree Link Party!!

  7. LOVE trunks!

  8. Really cute. My husband would have said the exact same thing about the chevron, but I think it looks awesome. The gilding is a cute touch.

  9. Gorgeous!! I'm constantly on the look-out for a trunk to make-over, but I haven't found the right one yet. Your make-over is making me want to get out and hit the thrift shops again today :)

  10. LOVE it! I have a trunk to finish. No I better get busy…funny how somebody finishing a project from something they pinned provokes others to pin theirs and so on and so forth. Thank you for the inspiration!!!

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