As I shared on the Patriotic Summer Home Tour post, the wicker settee and the old trunk got a bit of a makeover but they almost didn’t happen at all.
I was working to ready the front porch when I heard a strange alarm going off. It wasn’t the fire alarm or our house alarm. It was an alarm I’d never even heard before. I searched all over the front of the property before finally deciding to check the back. A red light in the corner caught my eye and I ran over to investigate. Sure enough, I had found the cause of all the noise. This alarm is really close to the backup generators we sometimes need during hurricane season so I just figured something had tripped it up.
A few calls later, I found out it was the alarm for the septic system. I know. I had crazy visions of the toilets over flowing and me trying frantically to bleach the house down yellow gloves in hand almost immediately. They were 9not pleasant thoughts. Honestly, I didn’t even know septic systems even had alarms.
So, there I was porch completely torn apart…pillows, pots and dead plants lining the pathway just outside the front door when our amazing neighbors came to save the day. I can’t even tell you how many times I apologized for the porch mess. Like a million times. Oh my word, where were my priorities that day! No one cares about the dead plants, CoCo, you. need. this. fixed. RIGHT. NOW…
It reminds me of the time I took a curling iron on an overnight camping trip…what the what was I thinking. But that’s another story for another time…
I’ve had this old trunk for a while now. I picked it up at my favorite shopping spot The Warehouse which is now out of business. At the time, I didn’t really have a vision for it and I liked the way the wood warmed up the front porch so I just left it in this state for a few seasons.
Once I decided to change out this bench for the wicker settee that was in my booth at The Pickers Market, I knew I needed to give the porch a little refresh starting with the trunk.
On a side note, the porch is mostly covered but there are times that the coastal winds whip up, the rain is blowing sideways and the furniture on the porch gets wet. For that reason, I personally choose a weather resistant exterior paint for this project. You may choose an oil based paint or even an interior paint just be sure to apply a quality topcoat that protects against water, chipping and warping if you choose an interior paint.
Make sure the piece you’re working on has been completely cleaned and is free of dirt and grime. Next you’ll want to use painters tape on the sections of the trunk you don’t want to get paint on. Just make sure you line it up really well so you don’t get any bleed through.
This is after one coat using a 2-inch brush…
This is after three. Sometimes it takes multiple coats of paint to get good coverage especially with white and off white paint. If brush strokes drive you bananas, consider using a sponge roller made for painting cabinets.
I decided to leave all of the wood accents intact and give them a rub of Howards Feed N’ Wax.
I can’t believe I waited so long to paint this trunk now.
Here’s another quick look at the before…