Thrifted Trunk Makeover

Remember when I bought this trunk?  It only took me a week to clean it up and turn it into a dog food container for Henry.



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This thing was definitely a diamond in the rough.  First I painted the inside white

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And then painted two coats of, you guessed it, Hale Navy on each section of the outside.

Meanwhile, I really loved the hardware that came with the trunk but it was covered in the aqua and red paint.

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I first tried scraping it off with my fingernails (#1 reason why I no longer pay for manicures) and then with a blue scrubbie.  Neither worked very well.  So I soaked it in nail polish remover.  Probably not the preferred method but it was what I had on hand.  I figured that I had nothing to lose as I could always spray paint them if they got ruined. (spoiler-they didn’t!)

 

 

I put two more coats of paint on the top and then printed out an “H” in a font I liked.  Then, without cutting it out, I centered it on the top and traced the outline with a ball point pen.  I pushed hard enough that the outline would transfer to the wood and then just filled it in with white paint.

trunk8After it was dry, I sprayed a coat of this lacquer and let it dry.  While that was happening I turned my attention to the laundry room.

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This has been his food set up for the past (almost) year.  It wasn’t pretty.  So while the top was drying I reattached the handles and filled the trunk with dog food.  I didn’t think it would all fit but:

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IT DID!  Never mind that mess on the floor.  I went a little crazy with that spray foam (but still no spiders!)  And don’t worry, someday I’ll get around to touching up that white edge!

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I’m taking the lip licking to mean that Henry likes it too!

 

 

 

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Two coats of lacquer later and I reattached the hinges and we were in business!  His water stays on the floor.  If you’re wondering why, check out this video.  Huge mess!

Since I had all the paint on hand and since I didn’t ruin the hardware, this project only cost me $12.99.  Small price to pay for this guy!

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I’m pretty sure he could be a dog model, don’t you agree?

To close, here’s a side by side:

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-A

 

 

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