I love my Mom. Totally adore her. She really is one of the sweetest people ever created and she believes I can pretty much do anything. So when she borrowed my favorite book, Country Living’s Decorating with White and left a sticky note with an arrow pointing to the footlocker trunk that read, “You can do this, right?” I literally laughed out loud. I don’t see these old trunks in my price range. They’re not in the old barns or junky warehouses I shop at. They’re usually in antique stores because someone else has been lucky enough to scoop them up. As luck would have it, a few weeks later I happened upon a footlocker steamer trunk and decided surprise her with it.
The trunk I found has a lot of great details like leather trim and brass tacks.
The inside is just as cool. Take a look at that herringbone pattern, swoon.
The hardware is a little rusted but it’s in an “I’ve been on lots of adventures” rusted kind of way.
I started out by taping off the trim and detail pieces with the Frog Tape we were given in our “swag bags” at the Haven conference.
Next, I primed the body using two coats of Zinsser primer.
After the primer was dry, I used two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White allowing for adequate drying time in between coats. When the Chalk Paint had dried, I used 220 grit sandpaper and sanded the body of the trunk. Then I coated with clear paste wax but you could also use polyacrylic as well.
I gave the leather trim a little oil rub because it was looking pretty thirsty.
I surprised my Mom last Friday with the trunk and she was super excited. I can’t wait to show you guys what room we decided to use it in!