So I have this trunk...
And I've had it for a million years, ever since I went to summer camp & saw all the kids had trunks except me! So I took $10 I earned from babysitting & bought this one at Wal-Mart sometime in the early 1990s. It is busted up & cracked from me lounging on it at boarding school, but I really wanted to keep it. I decided re-do it so it looked nice & set about searching the Internet for ideas. That's when I came across this post at www.pbjstories.com. Now, my trunk is in nowhere the same condition as hers, but what-the-hey, it couldn't get any worse!
So I went to Home Depot & bought some legs.
I stuck them into a carboard drawer so I could spray paint them
with Rust-Oleum's Oil-Rubbed-Bronze.
Next it was time to clean the trunk so it could be painted, so out came my
favorite cleaning products, baby wipes & Mr. Clean Magic Erasers.
Then I realized how bad the crack was...
I got out some tools that I thought might reinforce the crack. I know I can't do
the filing trunk that she did, but I at least wanted to make it a little more sturdy,
just to hold blankets or pillows at the bottom of the bed in our guest room.
I didn't take any pictures of the fix because it wasn't as easy as I thought
& was really just frustrating...
Then after the cleaning was done, I primed it... brown! WHY BROWN????
It is going to be white!
Maybe I thought I was going to distress it, but I didn't... Soooo, whatever...
I spray painted it with Rust-Oleum's Heirloom White.
Then I flipped that sucker upside down...
& drilled some pilot holes for the legs.
I used construction adhesive & coated the tops of the legs & screws with it.
I stuck them through the pilot holes in the bottom of the trunk & made sure that they
were extra sturdy with a bolt on each one inside the trunk. The post at PB&J Stories
didn't use bolts, but I didn't think that just adhesive would be sturdy enough.
Finally, the whole thing was coated with Rust-Oleum's Semi-gloss Polyurethane
spray paint & set out to dry, which is why the closures are not clasped
& flipped up in the pictures.
I'll post the finished pictures once it's set up in the room.
Yay! I saved my trunk!
"It was more than discovering something that I loved to do -
It was discovering someone I had always been."
~ Natalie ;-*