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« on: April 12, 2010 09:20:03 PM »

I wanted a good sized chest for daughter to keep all her dress-up stuff in, and I looked and looked and all I could find was either miserably cheap and junky, or insanely expensive. So a friend of mine gave me this old military trunk (he said it was in Vietnam, but who knows).

It had tons of paint on it, layer over layer. Here is a close-up of the layers of paint.

The inside still had what I can only assume are some kind of wood pieces to hold in dividers or maybe some kind of gun racks. This is what the inside looked like.

So I sanded, and sanded, and sanded. And wiped. And sanded. And sanded some more. I so wish I had taken pics DURING this entire fiasco, but I did it in 16 hours, non-stop, with very few breaks (her birthday was that weekend.) I knocked off the wood pieces on the inside with a hammer (some had screws which obviously, I unscrewed). Painted it white with indoor semi gloss and taped it off. Sprayed the trim, hinges, and latches with lavender spray paint (the durable kind that's used for outdoor patio furniture). I decorated it with butterfly stickers and I just want to say that I could have, should have and WANTED TO hand-paint this, because painting is one of my "things," but I simply did NOT have the time.

On the inside bottom I put a piece of squishy foam padding that a friend of mine donated out of her craft junk stash, and lined it throughout using Elmer's spray adhesive and some purple canvas that I had laying around in my hall closet.

Let me know what you think.
Smiles, Melody

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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2010 09:11:51 AM »

SO cool, and such a huge improvement!!!  I love it!

Hmmm... I bet hubs has some old military stuff laying around.  I'm inspired now!

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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2010 10:03:49 AM »

YAY!!! Grin
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2010 03:13:35 PM »

I can't wait to see pics, Amy!  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2011 02:03:42 PM »

The one photo of the close-up of the paint layers is broken, but even without that, I can see the wonderful outcome of all your hard work. I really am impressed with how lovely it turned out! Kudos on a job well done.♥

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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2011 04:40:35 AM »

this is super cute, I love it! I am obsessed with chests - they are very useful for making the house seem like it's tidy when in fact everything is hidden away!

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« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2011 06:37:50 AM »

Absolutely amazing! Way to upcycle! Just lovely.
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2011 10:40:20 PM »

Coolest.mom.ever!!! I want it...and I'm 22 years old Smiley Beautiful work, I'm sure she adores it.
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2011 12:57:20 PM »

PRETTY! (Oh, and yes, Vietnam, you can tell by the latches, and it held shelves for things like toiletries. Cheesy I volunteer at a military museum and recognize it) I love the butterflies! It's so cute now!

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« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2011 01:16:20 PM »

Nice upcycling! You made that chest look fab! I bet she loves it!
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