So I had this trunk… This cool, old, ratty looking trunk. It was awesome.
And in true Nicole fashion… I forgot to take a good before picture. This was the only rather old picture I had of it.
Anyway… It was a little dark colored, but I really loved the natural patina. (Anyone else feel extra sophisticated saying those last two words together? No? Just me?)
I was happy to leave the trunk exactly as-is.
That is until the munchkin came along. When they say, “kids change everything” they aren’t joking. Even little things like trunks.
So when Emma first started scooting, she decided that for whatever reason, she liked the taste of the slightly deteriorated burlap type fabric on the outside of the trunk.
That awesome patina I once thought the trunk had became nasty-gross-stuff-I-was-constantly-fishing-out-of-my-child’s-mouth.
The trunk was no longer a source of delight.
My slightly mobile child was drawn to it like a moth to a bug zapper.
Like a flea to a hound dog.
Like a cockroach to a…. I’m just gonna stop.
We’ve been cleaning out two of the rentals where we had some bad tenants. I obviously have bugs on the brain. Ew.
Anyway, I digress.
I decided I needed to do SOMETHING about the trunk in order to save my daughter from herself.
First I ran some vaseline along the edges of the wood strips with the tips of my fingers. Then I painted all of it (burlap material and all) with a light turquoise color I had.
Then I glazed it with the same stuff I used on this table. Which was awesome because it showed off all the texture and gave made that turquoise a tad less bright. It deepened it to an awesome color!
After adding industrial looking casters on the bottom, it makes a PERFECT side table in the living room that I keep chock full of games!
I love it SOOO much now!
Isn’t it awesome how sometimes circumstances force you to change something you loved only to find out you LOVE it even MORE afterwards??