Revamping a Piece of Family History

Friday, March 15, 2019

Hello #SavvySquad

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far. I am really excited to share this project because it's something I have been working on finishing for over 2 years.

When I moved into my first apartment I had to start from zero to furnish. Luckily, I had a couple friends give me some pieces and while I was going through a shed at my childhood home I noticed a really worn trunk. I asked my mom whose it was and she told me it was hers passed down from her grandfather. Now, this thing was nothing pretty to look at, but I thought it would be really cool to repaint, and because it was a trunk it would double as storage.

My mother told me it was mine to take and do with as I pleased so I decided to spray paint it all white. This was my first step and I had envisioned more for the trunk, but didn't have time. It basically just sat as an all white trunk- turned coffee table for about a year and a half.

This winter I was feeling the need to revamp my whole apartment as I had gotten really bored with like... everything..but I didn't have the budget to refurnish, so I decided to start little projects- and I remembered my trunk.

I knew I wanted to paint the facets gold and put legs on it from the beginning, but I hadn't taken the time to do so. I researched the paint that would be best for the metal fixtures and found this Gilding Paint at Michael's.

The Brass color was perfect and I spent a weekend painting all of the little facets, and decided I needed to put legs on the trunk to make it more functioning coffee table.

I went back and fourth trying to decide if I wanted to do acrylic or wood legs. I decided the acrylic was to "trendy" and the wood legs could be painted if I wanted to change the color.

I found these really cool round legs on amazon and decided the round shape juxtaposed with the square trunk would really make it look eclectic.

I painted the legs with the same paint as the facets and TADA-my trunk was brand new and totally transformed.

I am so happy with how it turned out and it's so special that it was my great grandfathers. The history makes it more of a conversation piece then just a dang coffee table. Also, I put all my extra blankets in the trunk and it's great storage!

Do you have a piece of family  furniture that you've revamped? I'd love to see!

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