A couple of weeks ago my niece asked if I would paint a trunk for her, and when she added that I could paint it any color I chose, I was in.
Actually, I say that, but you all know the truth. I would have happily painted it for her even if she wanted it to be orange (or purple and green) or something. But I was glad to be given carte blanche.
Now, those of you who are wood lovers (and if so, I can’t imagine why you are still following my blog) should look away at this point. I will fully admit that the wood on this particular trunk was still in beautiful condition. It is a cedar chest made by Lane.
That being said however, that lacy heart really had to go.
And as Mr. Q likes to say, it’s only paint. If sometime down the road Kris decides she no longer wants the trunk painted, she can always strip it back down to bare wood and refinish it. That wouldn’t be too difficult because it has such clean lines and no carved details.
Back in the day, a piece like this was called a hope chest. I’m not sure whether or not my niece calls it that. The Wikipedia definition of a hope chest is …
‘a piece of furniture traditionally used to collect items such as clothing and household linen, by unmarried young women in anticipation of married life.’
Hmmmm. That feels like a pretty dated idea these days. But I suspect that my niece was originally given this trunk to serve as a hope chest. That heart kind of gives it away.
But I gave it a whole new look starting with a paint job using Dixie Belle’s Sawmill Gravy.
You know, when I first saw this color I really didn’t think it was anything special. But since then I’ve used it on numerous pieces and I seem to keep coming back to it. There is something about it that I love. Maybe that it’s not a bright white, and it’s not quite grey or beige or cream either. It’s just the perfect pale neutral.
To start, I sanded the chest and cleaned it with a damp rag. Then I painted it with two coats of the Sawmill Gravy.
After giving it a light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper to smooth out the finish, I added the bottom half of the Cosmic Roses transfer from re.design with prima to the front.
I’ve yet to see this particular transfer look bad over any color. It’s amazing over pretty much any shade of blue …
It also looks great over a mid-tone grey like Dixie Belle’s French Linen …
I’ve also seen others use it over yellow, or even some really dark colors, and it still looks fantastic.
But I happen to love it over this color in particular.
I happen to know that Cosmic Roses is one of my niece’s favorite transfers, so it was the perfect choice for her trunk.
Before I forget, I’ve got a really important q-tip for you guys today; don’t try to apply a transfer in your non-climate controlled carriage house workshop when there is a heat advisory. I had a heck of a time applying the first sheet of this transfer (it comes in a total of six sheets, I used two full sheets and two half sheets on this trunk). So much so that I gave up and had Mr. Q help me haul the trunk into the air conditioned house to complete the job.
Once everything (me, the trunk, and the transfer) cooled down, it went on perfectly fine. So, lesson learned, 90 degrees combined with high humidity does not work for applying transfers. Keep that in mind.
But, I finally got it applied. Once that was done, I added a topcoat of clear wax to protect it.
So, what to you think? A definitely improvement? Or did you prefer the heart?
As always, thanks to Dixie Belle Paint Co for providing the paint and to re.design with prima for providing the transfer for this project.
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