Saturday, September 29, 2012

Day 6.1 My Trunk Project

Since I'm soo far behind on sharing (as we learned yesterday) I thought I would share a little project that I started about a year or so ago, it's about 75% done I would say....and probably about as far as it may ever go, as I'm not a finisher!  I have never finished one of my 'real' houses, until I have decided to sell it, and then ya gotta do the finishing touches to show it, you know what I mean, that 6" of trim next to the bathroom cabinet that just never got cut because it meets the cabinet at just a small angle, so you never actually got to it, until a week before the house hits the market and your now finishing all the little details so it looks perfect.  Ya, that's me!  For the record though, I'm 100% secure in who I am, and I stopped worrying about it and embraced it years ago.  Also, my husband is the same way, so very minimal nagging on either side because of it (I say minimal cause well...I'm still a just comes natural :)

Anyway, I digressed, that's also something I'm notorious for that :) If I could make that smiley bigger right there, it would be HUGE!

SOOOO...about this little project, I had this inspiration one day as I was reading an article in a miniatures magazine, the article was about these people that make room boxes out of trunks and suit cases, etc.  I loved the idea so much, I decided I wanted to do one.  Well, O crap, two things A) thinking about this now, was it inspiration or copying?  I think I just copied their idea.  Well whats that old saying, imitation is the best sort of flattery?  and 2) How many times have I saw something in my lifetime that I've said I wanna make that?  I bet the number is close to our national debt (and that my friends is the beginning and end of a conversation regarding politics with me:).  Anyway, I was in Minneapolis about a week or so later and had some time to just shop the thrift stores and junk shops.  I LOVE Minnesota for this, maybe cause I know where to go, but I always find what I want.  Anyway, in the basement of one of my favorite stores is this little trunk and not only is it perfect...wait for's marked down to $10 from $20!  I'm a thrifter, so this excites me like the smell of mash excites my husband (he's a beer brewer :)

Now I've searched and I can't actually find  a picture of the trunk before I did anything to it, but I know I took one, but you'll just have to imagine.  Anyway, this is the trunk after cut a hole in the side and inserted a window.
I gutted the pretty powder blue lining out and primed the inside.  Man I wish I  could find the original pictures, of the inside :(

I then papered the inside, used some ribbon for base and actually farther down you'll see the trim on the top.  I started out to make a french style cafe setting, but then I changed my mind...that happens a lot.
I decided to make it a sexy bedroom.

 Here is the view from the top, as it sits today. I made everything in here (except the flowers, I think they came via a Valentines swap I did last year).  I still need a few accessories, which now that I think about it, the wall decor hangings I was working on yesterday would be perfect.  I also need to make pillows for the canopy bed.  I can see lots of frilly pillows stacked up. 

Here is a better view of some of the furniture.  My style is funky, eclectic, shabby.  That actually kinda describes me also.  W I E R D !
Well I hope you enjoyed a little update on this project, if I ever get around to doing more on it...they maybe you'll see it again.  Now I'm off to play poker..I guess eclectic describes my passions in life as well :)


  1. What a great idea...I'm looking forward to seeing how it progresses!

  2. Good idea; something different. Love your sense of humor!

  3. Well I did enjoyed your update on this project, I hope you get round to doing more on it...I am looking forward to seeing the finished result.In Northern Ireland we refer to this little case as a Vanity Case. my Sister had one the same it had little compartments for all her makeup,