The trunk I never knew I wanted.

Monday, October 28, 2013

It was Christmas of 2011 when I got the trunk.  The trunk I never knew I wanted.  Max was out searching for a gift, and came across this old steamer trunk at a local antique shop.  He saw the potential and fell in love.  It didn't fit in our car at the time, so he borrowed a friend's car, and took it to their house.  Because it was too heavy/awkward to carry home (and he didn't want me to see it), he took our kids wagon over to our friend's house, and then hauled the old trunk back home on the wagon.  Oh what a story!  

Upon receiving my trunk, I was told that he was going to fix it all up, and we could use it in our house. He had great plans to fix up the metal, paint the outside, spruce up the wood, and re-do the insides.  And then the trunk sat in our garage. And sat.  And sat.  Once in awhile, he worked on it, but it needed some serious hours, and it never was a top priority, which was just fine.  

However, when we moved here last Spring, I knew I wanted to get the trunk done and inside, so we could use it!  Max is super busy with class and Marine duties, so I knew I'd have to put in a lot of the work and time to get it done.  With his guidance and direction, I started in on the project.  I don't think I knew exactly what I was getting myself into...
 The picture below was taken in the midst of working on it...
It was a lot of work - sanding, taping, painting, scrubbing, scraping - but it's done for now, and I am so proud of all the work we put into it.  It took me a few months of random afternoon nap times and some evenings, but I am happy to say that the trunk is IN THE HOUSE, holding extra blankets and pillows!  I love it.  It is a happy, bright color that adds a fun pop to the living room.  It is unique and holds a special story. 
 I may not have known I wanted an old steamer trunk a few years ago, but I am so glad we have it now.

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  1. What a gorgeous trunk!! I love what you've done to it.

  2. It looks great, I love the color you picked! Way to go on doing it yourself :)

  3. awe. i have on my husband's butt for two years now to get my a trunk for xmas. i just think he either forgets, or he's too picky ;)

  4. Wow it looks absolutely amazing! I love the color. :)

  5. I love it too! Such a fun color.

  6. Love the color you painted it, and can only imagine the amount of taping that went on before you actually got to put that gorgeous color on there. Looks great!

  7. I adore it! And the story to go with it just makes it better.

  8. I love it! Such a great story too.



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